Bio capsules for the Marshall Thundering Herd recruiting class of 2013
QB, 6-2, 204
Boca Raton HS/Boca Raton, Fla.
Already enrolled at Marshall...Chose the Herd over FCS members Illinois State and Jacksonville (Ala.) State ... Completed 40-of-81 passes for 509 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions in 2012 before suffering a season-ending injury (broken collarbone) on Sept. 28 ... Completed 123-of-254 passes for 1,712 yards and 11 touchdowns with nine interceptions, carried 59 times for 107 yards and three scores as a junior ... Former Marshall star QB Eric Kresser (1996 Division I-AA title and 15-0 record) has been Anderson's private quarterback coach since the player was an eighth grader...Recruited by JaJuan Seider.
LB, 6-2, 215
McArthur HS/Hollywood, Fla.
Chose Marshall over FIU, Wake Forest and West Virginia...Also had scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Duke, FAU, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Kentucky, Memphis, Minnesota, Navy, NC State, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, SMU, Tennessee State, Texas A&M and Tulane ... A three-sport star at McArthur, also plays basketball and runs track...He averaged 15 ppg as a shooting guard last season as a junior, and in track he runs the 100 and 200 meters and is on the 400 relay team ... Plans to major in health sciences, with a goal to become an emergency medical technician or a firefighter...Recruited by JaJuan Seider.
DL, 6-2, 245
Navarro (Junior) College/Bellaire, Texas
Chose Herd over hometown Houston, Kansas State and New Mexico ... Had 44 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 3 pass breakups and a fumble recovery in 10 games for Navarro (10-2) ... Originally a Class of 2011 prospect who received recruiting interest from Houston as a senior at Bellaire High...Recruited by J.C. Price.
DL, 6-5, 300
South Aiken HS/Aiken, S.C.
Already enrolled at Marshall...Originally signed with Clemson...Also had offers from Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), NC State, Presbyterian and South Carolina ... Had 90 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 10 games during his senior year, which was his first full season of playing the position ... Had 21 tackles, six tackles for loss, four sacks and two fumble recoveries in four games during his junior year, when he primarily played offensive tackle...Recruited by Gerad Parker.
RB, 6-0, 198
East Bay HS/Gibsonton, Fla.
Finished his senior season with 470 yards and nine touchdowns on 85 carries and 191 yards and two scores on 11 catches for East Bay... He also returned six kickoffs for 114 yards and five punts for 163 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown... As a junior, Byrd totaled 768 yards, six touchdowns, 2 two-point conversions and 10 tackles as a defensive back...He also averaged nearly 31 yards per punt return...Recruited by Bill Legg.
OL, 6-2, 280
Trotwood-Madison HS/Trotwood, Ohio
Chose Marshall over Bowling Green, Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky ... With the help of Collins' blocking, the Rams gained 5,200 total yards (1,678 passing and 3,522 rushing) in 2012, and finished with a championship-game loss in the Division II state playoffs and a 12-3 record ... Played as a junior for Kettering Alter High...Recruited by Bill Legg.
OL 6-5, 275
Lawrence County HS/Louisa, Ky.
Already enrolled at Marshall...Originally signed with the Herd in 2012 ... Nickname is "Big Country" ... Named All-State first team by Louisville Courier-Journal as junior and senior...Was four-year starter for Bulldogs ... Blocked for an offense that averaged more than 400 yards per game and had 100 pancake blocks ... Had 70 tackles at DT for LCHS as junior ... From same high school that produced MU Hall of Famer and former assistant coach Phil Ratliff.
LB, 6-2, 220
Georgia Military College/Conyers, Ga.
Also had offers from Colorado State, South Alabama and Appalachian State ... Had 65 tackles, five tackles for loss and five pass breakups for Georgia Military this past season, when he played a hybrid safety/linebacker spot ... Will have three years to play two seasons at Marshall ... Originally a Class of 2011 prospect from Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga., he had scholarship offers from South Carolina, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee State, and Western Kentucky...Recruited by Todd Hartley.
LB, 6-3, 200
Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy/
Already enrolled at Marshall...Signed with Maryland last February, turning down offers from West Virginia, East Carolina and Rutgers, after starring at Clarksburg (Md.) High ... Attended prep school at Fork Union...Had more than 100 tackles and two interceptions as high school senior ... Also played WR and some "Wildcat" at QB ... Named All-State for Classes 4A and 3A...Played in Crab Bowl (Maryland all-star game)...Recruited by J.C. Price.
OL, 6-6, 290
Pickerington North HS/Pickerington, Ohio
Also had offers from Western Kentucky, Louisville, Akron, Ohio, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo ... His team (12-2) lost to Cincinnati Moeller (and QB Spencer Iacovone, a Herd baseball signee) in the Ohio Division I playoff semifinals...Recruited by Bill Legg.
WR, 6-2, 180
Whitehaven HS/Memphis, Tenn.
Chose Marshall over offers from hometown Tigers, Arkansas State and Western Kentucky ... Helped Whitehaven win the Class 6A state championship (the first state title in school history) ... Finished senior season with 21 catches for 405 yards and four touchdowns for the Tigers (15-0)...Recruited by Gerad Parker.
OL, 6-5, 292
Boyd Anderson HS/Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
Also had offers from Florida International, Middle Tennessee State, Texas Tech, West Virginia and Bethune-Cookman ... Jean-Felix led his team to a 10-3 record and the third round of the Class 7A state playoffs, losing to eventual state champion St. Thomas Aquinas...With his blocking, Jean-Felix helped the Cobras run for 705 yards and pass for 2,616 yards in 2012 ...Moved to right tackle as a senior ... Former basketball player who has played football only two years ... Started at guard in football as a sophomore...Recruited by JaJuan Seider.
WR, 6-0, 185
Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy
Already enrolled at Marshall...Signed with Miami (Fla.) last February, but attended Fork Union Military Academy for the fall semester ... Turned down scholarship offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt and West Virginia ... Honorable mention Class 8A Florida All-State (utility player) as 2011 senior at Palm Beach Central...Recruited by JaJuan Seider and J.C. Price.
DB, 5-10, 165
Booker T. Washington HS/Miami, Fla.
Also offered by West Virginia, Texas Tech, Houston, FIU, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Utah ... 2012 Associated Press Florida Class 4A All-State second team pick at DB ... Booker T. (13-1) won the 4A state title this past season over the Bolles School, 35-7, after losing to the Jacksonville team in 2011 ... Booker's only loss was to 6A champ Miami Central (which produced Herd pass-catch stars Rakeem Cato and Tommy Shuler) ... According to the Miami Herald, Johnson made 37 tackles and three interceptions in 2012, after 75 tackles and five interceptions in 2011...Recruited by Doc Holliday and JaJuan Seider.
WR, 6-1, 197