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Herd adds depth to secondary with pair of transfers

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall added a pair of one-and-done graduate transfers to its football program Monday.

Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha, both safeties who played at Boston College, enrolled in summer courses at Marshall on Monday morning and will play this fall for the Thundering Herd.

Both players are immediately eligible and have one year of eligibility left.

"We get two guys with starting experience in the ACC," said Marshall Coach Doc Holliday, who last summer courted graduate transfer Russell Wilson before the quarterback settled on Wisconsin.

"Hopefully these guys can do for our defense what Wilson did for Wisconsin."

LeGrande is a 6-foot-3, 211-pound strong safety from Staten Island, N.Y. He played in 35 career games (six starts) at Boston College and made 27 tackles with three fumble recoveries in 2010.

Okoroha is a 6-1, 205-pound native of Nigeria who played at Eleanor Roosevelt High in Lanham, Md. At Boston College, the four-star recruit played in 21 games (six starts) at free safety and made 27 tackles in his most recent collegiate action in 2010.

Okoroha was dismissed from Boston College's football program on Aug. 26 because of a violation of team rules. Four days later, LeGrande voluntarily left with the intent to transfer.

They visited Marshall together over the weekend.

The addition of the two graduate transfers provides depth to a position that has nary a player with starting experience.

The returning safeties are juniors Derek Mitchell and Zach Dunston, sophomore Evan McKelvey and freshman D.J. Hunter.

Last season's starting free safety, Omar Brown, exhausted his eligibility and signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent. The starting strong safety, Devin Arrington, has been shifted back to his natural position of linebacker.

Two others, Donald Brown and Philip Warren, were dismissed from the team during April's spring football drills.

Contact sports editor Chuck McGill at or 304-348-7949.


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