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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