CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall University football team picked up two more verbal commitments from Georgia this weekend, both showing the strength of the Thundering Herd's connections in the Peach State.
Both Sandy Creek High quarterback Cole Garvin and Valdosta High wide receiver Alex Cason announced via their Twitter feeds their intention to join Marshall in 2014. They are the fourth and fifth verbal commitments for the Herd this offseason, all coming since May 31.
Marshall also has verbal commitments from Cairo (Ga.) receiver Reese Wooten, LaBelle (Fla.) offensive lineman Josh Rimes and Gaffney (S.C.) athlete Hyleck Foster.
Garvin was considered one of Marshall's top targets for the 2014 class. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound signal caller is rated three stars by Rivals and 247Sports.
In two seasons as Sandy Creek's starting quarterback, he's led the team to a 27-1 record, including a 15-0 mark and a Class 4A state title in 2012 and has completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 4,385 yards, 45 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
The Thundering Herd was the first to offer Garvin, he said, so there always was a loyalty there. As his relationship with Coach Doc Holliday, offensive coordinator Bill Legg and recruiting coordinator/ tight ends coach Todd Hartley grew, he realized Marshall was a perfect fit.
"I love the offense," said Garvin, who is taking online classes to graduate high school in December and enroll at Marshall for spring 2014.
"Hopefully, it can showcase the ability I hope to bring.