HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall Coach Doc Holliday said that whoever his new defensive coordinator may be come January, he'll be helming an aggressive group.
By National Signing Day on Feb. 6, the Thundering Herd hopes to have a recruiting class that includes defenders who fit that mold.
The Herd is looking to add players at some aggressive positions.
Marshall would like at least two safeties and possibly a linebacker, and wants to fortify its pass rush with at least one defensive end.
Safety may be the greatest concern after the departure of graduate students Okechukwu Okoroha and Dominick LeGrande.
There's a benefit to bringing in one-year transfers like LeGrande and Okoroha to fill needs at safety.
The two former Boston College players immediately became integral parts of the defense. LeGrande was named to the All-Conference USA second team, while Okoroha earned honorable mention.
Then there's the drawback to the one-year transfer. The Thundering Herd got only one year of work from them before it had to fill the void again.
In losing LeGrande and Okoroha, the Herd is losing its top two tacklers from 2012. LeGrande led the team with 132 stops, while Okoroha had 108. The two started all 12 games, and their effectiveness gave their backups little time to gain much on-field experience.
Redshirt freshmen Corie Wilson and Shawn Samuels backed up both LeGrande at strong safety and Okoroha at free safety. Samuels and Wilson each played seven games in 2012. Samuels recorded four tackles and Wilson recorded two.
Marshall filled one of those safety holes by signing Holmes (Miss.) Community College's Taj Letman. At 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, Letman is a three-star prospect according to Rivals who runs a 4.43-second 40-yard dash.