As the fax machine springs to life at 7 a.m., Holliday's last-minute history begs the question: Will any other signees come out of the blue?
Marshall's commitment list may not be locked until this morning, but it is numerically loaded. About 27 pledges have been reported by a variety of outlets, plus four who are already in school.
Unbeknownst to many, there is one West Virginia native in the bunch - Parkersburg receiver/defensive back Matthew Santer. The Parkersburg High grad is one of four Fork Union Military products on at least one recruiting service's list.
If you don't know or remember him, don't feel too bad. Both his junior and senior seasons were truncated by shoulder separations. He spent the spring of his senior year rehabilitating both shoulders, and certainly needed a Fork Union-type season to regain confidence of recruiters from Marshall, James Madison and other schools.
He played in 11 games as a sophomore, catching 11 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown. He played a combined 11 games in his junior and senior seasons, catching 19 passes for 278 yards and a touchdown, with long receptions of 51 and 53 yards.
He also played free safety, and was listed on the Fork Union roster as a receiver/defensive back.
"He went to Fork Union and put on about 15 pounds," said Parkersburg coach Don Reeves. "We thought he was being looked at as a wide receiver, but since he has gotten bigger, he's looked at more as a defensive back."
It is unclear if Santer is getting an athletic scholarship or is a preferred walk-on. Many state natives have come to MU with other financial aid and worked their way to an athletic scholarship.
Marshall appears to be battling East Carolina to hold onto one commitment from last summer, running back Hyleck Foster of Gaffney, S.C. The Daily Reflector of Greenville, N.C., reports the Pirates are in the running for Foster.
ECU has played its last football season in Conference USA, and is transitioning to the American Athletic Conference.
Josh "Caleb" Rimes is listed on every commitment list, and could still sign a letter of intent as a symbolic gesture. The defensive tackle from LaBelle, Fla., broke his neck in a diving accident in December at a pond near Clewiston, Fla., and is paralyzed.
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