He also has three years of eligibility remaining after a finger injury shelved him for 2012.
The Herd could get some more immediate help with verbal commitment Stefan Houston of Fork Union Military Academy. The 6-3, 220-pound safety/outside linebacker could help at both positions, a dual role the Daily Mail has learned the Herd is seeking.
He plans on enrolling in January, though he'll have to wait for test scores to see if he's immediately eligible.
The Herd found its defensive end in below-the-radar mid-year signee Arnold Blackmon. The 6-2, 235-pounder from Navarro College in Texas went from a 218-pound high school senior with no Division I offers to an end that led the Southwest Junior College Football Conference with 21 tackles for loss and was second with eight sacks.
There also are a handful of players who already are on campus as academic non-qualifiers who should boost Marshall's defense.
Two of those players - linebacker Kent Turene and corner Corey Tindal - will be on scholarship this spring. Turene was the nation's No. 18 inside linebacker according to Rivals and originally signed with Georgia. Tindal is a Rivals three-star corner who originally signed with Florida International.
Marshall's corner situation already looked solid with Derrick Thomas, Keith Baxter and Monterius Lovett all returning and A.J. Leggett (knee) and Darryl Roberts (ankle) coming back from injury. But adding Tindal could give the Herd enough depth to move a corner to safety to help with numbers there. Holliday said last week moving a corner was an option.
Two more non-qualifier defenders - defensive ends Josh Brown and Gary Thompson - should be eligible by the start of preseason practice.
Brown was the No. 19 overall recruit in South Carolina out of South Aiken High and originally signed with Clemson. Thompson was a Rivals two-star end who signed with Marshall in February, but had to come in as a non-qualifier.
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