Fisher didn't let the big fish swim around for too long. Some of his best coups came before the 'Noles' fall camp even started. In Fisher's first year in Tallahassee, as offensive coordinator in 2007, FSU snagged a Class of 2008 verbal commitment from E.J. Manuel - the surprise first quarterback taken in this year's NFL Draft - on June 27. Manuel's former FSU and current Buffalo Bills teammate, linebacker Nigel Bradham, committed to the Seminoles even earlier, on April 15.
In securing Manuel and Bradham's commitments early, the Seminoles had two bell cows for that year's recruiting class to point toward when wooing other prospects. They had a blue-chipper on offense and defense that, when other uncommitted studs came through Tallahassee, allowed them to ask, "Hey, wouldn't it be cool to play with those guys?"
That's something the Herd could do with quarterback prospect Cole Garvin. Garvin, a well-regarded recruit from Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Ga., was among Marshall's top overall targets for the 2014 class. He verbally committed June 14 and plans to graduate high school early to enroll at Marshall in the spring.
So, while it likely wasn't the only reason, it didn't hurt that Garvin was in the fold when the Herd scored verbal commitments from Valdosta (Ga.) High receiver Alex Cason and receiver Keion Davis of Langston Hughes High in Fairburn, Ga., only days later.
And here's another plus for early commitments: When they're making their decisions in May and June, they're doing so during college football's lull - no games, no official practices. So they can steal the spotlight as opposed to commitments in September and October, when the regular season is in full swing and such news becomes a footnote rather than a focus.
It's a strategy that could set the Herd up for a pretty good recruiting haul. And if that means Hartley has to start combing the Internet for some new pop-culture catchphrases, I don't think he'll mind.
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.