Marshall football: Hartley gains respect as recruiter
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall football team's new recruiting coordinator, tight ends coach Todd Hartley, hasn't been on the job very long, but already is gaining respect nationwide.
Recruiting website 247Sports.com recently named Hartley, who took over the job this year from departed assistant Jajuan Seider, one of its top 10 recruiters on the rise. Hartley was one of just two assistant coaches from BCS non-automatic qualifying schools on the list, San Diego State secondary coach Tony White being the other, joining coaches from programs such as Notre Dame, UCLA and Virginia Tech.
Hartley said his keys to effective recruiting are preparation and persistence. He said the entire coaching staff is doing its homework well and communicating effectively. If he evaluates a wide receiver, receivers coach Mike Furrey is the next person to watch that player and offensive coordinator Bill Legg will see him after that.
"As much as we scheme, as much as we watch film, you better be doing just as much in recruiting," he said. "You have to be relentless, and that's one thing this staff has. Man, this staff is great. We're so far ahead this spring than where we were the past three springs as far as evaluating talent for next year's class.
"For 2014, we have so many names, so many kids we've already offered, so many kids we're already talking to via Facebook and Twitter and all that stuff. We've already had so many unofficial visits come up; it's just amazing how aggressive we're being. And it's because we have a plan and we're working at that plan."
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TWO ADDITIONAL charges, one felony and one misdemeanor, have been filed against Marshall 2013 football recruiting class member Angelo Jean-Louis, according to Cabell County Magistrate Court documents. The charges - a third felony charge of fraudulent use of an access device and a misdemeanor petit larceny charge - were filed April 10.
Jean-Louis, a wide receiver who enrolled at Marshall in January but is not academically eligible to participate in spring practice, was arrested last week on two felony charges of fraudulent use of an access device.
According to the criminal complaints on the April 10 charges, Jean-Louis is accused of stealing the victim's wallet and cell phone while the victim was playing basketball at the university's recreation center on April 3. He also is accused of using the victim's phone to place an order at the 5th Avenue Pizza Hut for $40.87 and pay for it with the victim's credit card. Jean-Louis also is accused of making two purchases at a 7-Eleven totaling $25.82 on April 3, using a stolen credit card.
The Marshall athletic department released a statement Tuesday afternoon: "We are continuing to monitor his ongoing situation and, again, will handle it appropriately and internally."
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NEW DEFENSIVE ENDS coach Sean Cronin has liked what he's seen from rising senior Jeremiah Taylor, who came to Marshall as a walk-on center.
But if Cronin had his way during his first tour of duty as a Herd coach in 2010, Taylor would have been a defensive lineman from the beginning.
"For the record, I was at that walk-on tryout with JT, and I wanted him on the d-line," he said, before adding with a smile, "(former Marshall assistant) Phil Ratliff was the guy in charge of walk-ons and he stole him from me."
Cronin got his wish and eventually got Taylor on the defensive line.
Back then, he already considered Taylor a solid backup defensive end. This time around, he said Taylor is blossoming into a good starter.
"The time he's spent with Coach (J.C.) Price, he's really developed into a pretty damn good player," Cronin said. "I think he's really going to have a good year."
Cronin also had good things to say about Alex Bazzie, who started opposite Taylor at end. He's impressed with Bazzie's growth as an end and said his relentlessness has a lot to do with it.
"To come back and see how far he's come, it's just shocking," Cronin said.
"His time with J.C. on the defensive line, he's really blossomed into a big-time player. He's a high-motor guy who's tough as hell. He just goes, man. He's not always perfect with his technique, but he just goes."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.