He is accorded four stars by ESPN, 247, Scout and Rivals. Other prospects given four stars by any of those sites are linebacker Jeremy Benjamin of Hollywood, Fla., cornerback D'Andre "Chocolate" Wilson of Myrtle Beach, S.C., linebacker Stefan Houston out of Fork Union and wide receiver Deontay McManus out of Atlanta Sports Academy.
Marshall will not get another four-star visitor, as rated by 247, Davon Durant. The linebacker from Greenwood, S.C., enjoyed his visit, the Gazette learned, but will stick with his plans to go to Butler (Kan.) Community College. Greenwood High assistant Tony Temple said Durant wants to eventually play in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
As for MU's place in the so-called team rankings, 247 is the most favorable. It ranks the Herd atop a list of 20 schools either staying in C-USA, leaving for the Big East or arriving from other leagues. That site is ahead of Rivals and Scout, which hasn't recognized that the next down will come after the official July 1 date of realignment.
Both Rivals and Scout have Marshall behind Houston and Southern Methodist in the 2005-12 alignment, and ahead of everybody in the 2013 lineup. 247 has Marshall 55th in the FBS, Rivals has the Herd tied for 65th and Scout has it 74th.
Those are less certain than the calendar, which says signing day is just days away. It's the day college coaches across the land can exhale.
"Just glad it's almost here," Seider said. "We'll just keep recruiting and see what happens."
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