Tight End, Quarterback, defensive end, or any spot really, that is the question for one highly regarded three star recruit for the Marshall Thundering Herd from its 2012 recruiting class. Size or ability will not be the issue. Where will this star be able to fit in and help contribute to winning championships?
The tight end position is one that is deep with tradition at Marshall. Sean Doctor and Eric Inhat got the run started in the mid 1980’s. Mike Bartrum, Jermaine Wiggins, and Gregg Kellett continued the run. In recent seasons Jason Rader and Lee Smith have saw their college careers lead to NFL contracts. Currently, the Marshall roster is peppered with talent at the position. They return three players that started games last season, Gator Hoskins, C.J. Crawford, and Eric Frohnapfel. Also lining up at tight end is 2012 mid year enrollee Rakim Reed.
Starting with Carl Fodor, and running through Tony Petersen, John Gregory, Michael Payton, Todd Donnan, Eric Kresser, Chad Pennington, and Byron Leftwich, Marshall had a stretch of excellent, all conference performing quarterbacks. Since Leftwich departed for the NFL following his senior season in 2002, the Herd has struggled with its signal callers. Recruits such as Adam Black and Chris Smith didn’t pan out for one reason or another. Potential stars such as Stan Hill and A.J. Graham couldn’t shake injuries and problems. Who is next?
Currently on the roster Marshall has returning starter Rakeem Cato. Cato led Marshall to 2011 wins over Southern Miss, Louisville, Memphis, East Carolina and Florida International. Cato has taken all the spring snaps and appears certain to lead the Herd this fall. Currently, there are only two other quarterbacks set to be on the fall roster. One is rising redshirt freshman Blake Frohnapfel. Frohnapfel underwent shoulder surgery and his throwing has been limited this spring. Arriving in the fall will be highly touted freshman, Gunnar Holcombe.
Typically, most teams carry five or six scholarship quarterbacks. The aforementioned players only total three. Who is going to fill the rest of the depth chart?
Enter intriguing recruit Chris Hall. Hall was a former Virginia Tech prospect who was unable to attend the school. Hall committed to Marshall this past February and will arrive over the summer.
I caught up with Hall to talk a little about his recruitment and what he was expecting this fall in Huntington.
Hall is excited about the opportunity to have a shot at the quarterback position. He said, “I am very excited, I will get to be able to be coached by great coaches, and I will be able to learn a lot of new things.”
Standing at 6’4”, 230 pounds, the Fork Union Military Academy recruit clearly has the size to play pretty much any position.
Will it be tight end? He most definitely has the ability to slide right in and play the tight end position as well.
Which position will he end up at? By the time it is all said and done he could be the next Vinny Curry or Paul Toviessi at defensive end. One thing is for sure, Chris Hall will play a factor over the next four to five years in Marshall winning football games.
In closing, I asked Hall about his recruitment and what made him choose Marshall. Hall said, “I chose Marshall because they were always there with me through the good and the bad times. They never strayed away. That put a lot of trust for them in my heart. I know for sure that I made the correct decision.”
Hall will report to campus over the summer and begin his career. Stay tuned to herdhaven.com for further updates.