Hey, it's the first day of the five-day acclimatization period. Even blue-chip recruits need to ease in.
Marshall recruiting coordinator JaJuan Seider said Leggett's grade-point average never put him in any danger of being an academic non-qualifier and Leggett achieved a qualifying test score on the first attempt.
But the Herd likes to provide safe harbor to those who aren't able to accomplish the same, which is why you'll always see about a half dozen "props" enter the program every year. It's the great equalizer, like the 3-point shot and Daniel Larusso's crane kick.
Monday offered some of the first glimpses of academic non-qualifiers who sat out last season: running back Steward Butler, wide receiver DeAndre Reaves, safety Shawn Samuels, running back Kevin Grooms, defensive lineman Steve Dillon and defensive lineman Jarquez Samuel.
There are also graduate transfers Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha (save yourself the trouble and just call him O), who are both safeties and both come here from Boston College. Junior college transfer Billy Rone is a welcome addition on the offensive line.
There could be more arriving soon.
The Twitter account of Lions247 reported Sunday night that former Penn State players Devon Smith and Derrick Thomas had landed at Marshall. Both left the program before the NCAA sanctions were handed down, but a source said Smith and Thomas would be immediately eligible at MU.
Holliday declined comment after Monday morning's practice because Smith and Thomas are "recruitable" athletes, which should tell you the situation is not a done deal.
Smith is a wide receiver and Thomas would join Leggett in the defensive backfield.
Those would be two late presents for Holliday, who likened Monday to a, well, holiday.
"I think it's like waking up on Christmas morning and you got all your new toys you get to play with," he said. "You get to see Stew Butler for the first time, you get to see Leggett, you get to see all these new guys - Samuels - that you've been waiting a year to watch."
Holliday is happy he didn't have to wait a full year to see Leggett ... or see him returning picks for a major program in the ACC or SEC.
"I liked how, through my whole recruiting process, they stayed behind me," Leggett said of Marshall. "The coaches, even though I had a lot of big offers and everybody was saying Marshall wasn't such a big school, they stuck with me through thick and thin."
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