With a 2012 senior class you could stuff in those Volkswagen Beetles of days gone by, a class of 15-20 was expected this signing period. And that's what the Herd got, sort of.
There were 17 newcomers who signed Wednesday, but the total class numbers an oversigned 29. You can add punter Tyler Williams, a walk-on who more than earned his scholarship beginning this spring, for No. 30.
Nonqualifiers and those that opt for prep school or junior college likely will get that down to the NCAA maximum 25.
So where did all these guys come from?
One, Taj Letman, was a midyear junior-college signee. Arnold Blackmon signed in December as well, but he did not enroll at MU and had to sign another letter of intent.
Two are wide receivers transferred from Penn State, Shawney Kersey and Devon "Moo Moo" Smith. Smith had been on campus last fall but took a redshirt year, and Kersey has enrolled as a graduate student. Both have one year of eligibility remaining.
Four are nonqualifiers from Marshall's 2012 class - linebacker Ken Turene, offensive lineman Tyler Combs, defensive end/linebacker Gary Thompson and cornerback Corey Tindal. Another is a 2012 Clemson signee, defensive lineman Josh Brown. Another 2012 nonqualifier, Larry Jefferson, has been dismissed for violating team rules.
Twelve are enrolled in MU's spring semester, including Houston and Angelo Jean-Louis from Fork Union, Deontay McManus from Atlanta Sports Academy and one honest-to-God early high school graduate, quarterback Kevin Anderson.
Holliday thinks all pressing needs have been met, including:
Pick your poison: There is size (6-foot-2, 215-pound Deontay McManus), speed and veteran presence (the Penn State transfers).
Coaches don't necessarily like to see one of those play immediately, but there are some who are physically closer than most freshmen. Jean-Felix comes to Holliday's immediate mind.
"The Sandley kid, he's a man now," Holliday said. "He's about as athletic, big kid as I've ever been around. He's got the biggest hands I've ever seen in my life."
"You make a mistake if you don't take one in every class," Holliday said.
Anderson, who developed under 1996 Herd passer Eric Kresser, is fully recovered from a broken collarbone and is throwing. He'll jump into the QB position with junior Cato, sophomore Blake Frohnapfel and redshirt freshman Gunnar Holcombe.
And finally, Marshall can claim a so-called recruiting championship. The recruiting-oriented websites love to tally all the stars, put their mathematical spin and rank all the schools, overall and by conference.
Overall, there is a wide variation - 48th by 247 Sports, 63rd by Rivals and 78th by Scout. But the Herd sits at or near the top of Conference USA in all the rankings - 247 even has the Herd ahead of the old, supposedly stronger, lineup.
"I don't know what it means," Holliday said. "Evidently, it means you're recruiting who people think are pretty good players. I mean, I'd rather be No. 1 than No. 10."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com or fol low him at twitter.com/dougsmock.