There currently are seven running backs on Marshall’s roster, but the Herd isn’t standing pat for the future. A source told 247Sports.com’s Ryan Bartow that James Allen, a running back from North Marion High in Citra, Fla., will attend Marshall.
According to Bartow, Allen will come to Marshall as an academic non-qualifier, sit a year, then be eligible to play. He signed with Louisville in February, but did not qualify. Non-qualifiers often make their way to Huntington and can turn into players like Corey Tindal, Steve Dillon and Vinny Curry.
Back to the roster: Sure, there are plenty of running backs on there now, but several are walk-ons and two of the best, seniors Devon Johnson and Remi Watson, will be gone next season. Players like Tony Pittman and Keion Davis return, but right now, they remain mostly untested in regular season competition. Plus, Marshall’s is an offense that will make use of three, maybe four, ball-carriers significantly during a given season. Why not bring in a guy rated four stars by 247Sports and three stars by Rivals and Scout who averaged 9.7 yards per carry as a senior?
The Herd will have to wait a year to see him on the field, but expects him to be worth the wait.