NCB On The Trail: Marshall Thundering Herd

Clemson lands first 2014 commitment

August, 6, 2013
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Point guard Gabe DeVoe (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) became Clemson's first commitment from the 2014 class when the senior picked the Tigers on Tuesday, the Shelby Star reported.

DeVoe held offers from Marshall, UNC-Wilmington, Richmond, Charlotte and Xavier.

"The recruiting process gets a little aggravating," he told the paper. "So I decided I was going to get it out of the way. Now I won't have to worry about anything, you can just go enjoy your senior year.

DeVoe averaged 20.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists as a junior last season.

Staley to play two at Mississippi State

June, 15, 2013
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Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler), a four-star, dual-threat quarterback on the gridiron and a three-star small forward on the hardwood, has committed to play both football and basketball for the Bulldogs, the Clarion Ledger reports.

"I love the whole college town," he said. "It seems like one big family there. I love their facilities and love their coaching staff for both basketball and football. It's SEC and the fan base down there is ridiculous."

The 6-foot-6, 208-pound standout originally committed to Vanderbilt in April but went back on the market in May after it became apparent that the Commodores wanted him to focus on one sport.

Appalachian State, Boston College, Marshall, Massachusetts and Virginia were his other football offers.

Staley is a key addition for the Bulldogs, who recently lost their prized quarterback recruit from 2013. Four-star Cord Sandberg (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft and signed for $725,000.

Mississippi State has nine commitments for 2014.

Marshall gets junior college wing Shawn Smith 

September, 20, 2012
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Junior college small forward Shawn Smith (Sacramento, Calif./City College of San Francisco) gave Marshall a verbal pledge Wednesday, according to the Charleston (W.Va.) Daily Mail.

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Sophomore center Cook makes choice 

September, 13, 2012
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West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins received an early verbal commitment on Wednesday night from Class of 2015 4-star center Levi Cook (Glen Daniel, W.Va./Liberty), according to the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette.

The 6-foot-10, 300 pounder was offered by the Mountaineers this summer and decided he did not want to wait any longer.

"West Virginia offered this past summer. And it's always been my dream to be a Mountaineer," he told the paper.

Cook averaged 18.6 points, 15.4 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots as a freshman last year. He also held an offer from Marshall and was garnering early interest from Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Maryland.

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Last weekend, Sam Cassell Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) became the sixth player to commit to Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon in the Class of 2012.

However, just 48 hours later, his father, former NBA star and current Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell, refuted claims of his son’s commitment.

On Sunday night, I caught up with the Notre Dame Prep star to clear up the situation.

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