"I can't wait," he added. "I'll be there this spring and be able to go through spring practice. I'm really excited to jump into that offense and get started."
Garvin was a highly coveted quarterback, especially among Conference USA schools. Including Marshall, a half-dozen schools either in or entering the conference offered him.
Cason is a 6-3, 185-pounder who fits the mold of the outside receivers the Herd continues to seek. He also holds scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Charlotte and South Alabama. Rivals rates him as a two-star prospect. Cason, along with Garvin, was named to the RisingSeniors.com Georgia Junior Bowl this past December.
By adding Garvin and Cason to its list, three of the Herd's first five verbal commitments for 2014 are from Georgia. The Georgia connections run deep on Marshall's coaching staff. Hartley is a Gray, Ga., native who graduated from the University of Georgia and served as both an undergraduate assistant and graduate assistant with the Bulldogs' football team. Running backs coach Thomas Brown, a Tucker, Ga., native also is a Georgia graduate and was a freshman all-SEC pick for the Bulldogs who rushed for 2,646 yards and 23 touchdowns in his four-year career.
And Georgia is a state with an abundance of football talent. The 247Sports website uses a composite rating system that takes into account the ratings from all major recruiting sites. Using that formula, Georgia has eight prospects in its top 100, 12 in its top 150 and 16 in its top 200.
"With Coach Hartley and Coach Brown's ties to Georgia, I think they're really trying to establish a really strong pipeline from Georgia to West Virginia," Garvin said.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.