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January 28, 2013
Class of 2013 prospect Michael Selby gave Marshall a rock-solid verbal commitment in June.
Six months later, Selby finally got an opportunity to take an official visit to his future school.
His trip to Huntington during the January 18-20 weekend reaffirmed his decision.
"I have always been solid, but finally getting that official was nice," said Selby, who is a 6-foot-3, 280-pound offensive guard from Washington County High School in Sandersville, Georgia. "I really enjoyed it. Seeing the campus and town was one of the biggest things for me. I got to show my family around. The town is great. It just felt like home. You can tell the town is built around the football team."
Selby and four other official visitors attended Marshall's 77-56 basketball victory versus East Carolina on Saturday night. They also took a campus tour, which included a face-to-face meeting with Marshall President Stephen J. Kopp.
"I would say touring the campus and meeting the president of the university," Selby said.
Selby also enjoyed the food.
"We went out to eat I don't know how many times," said Selby, whose player host was center Cameron Dees. "The food was really good."
Selby said his favorite part was "hanging out with the coaches and players."
"Just getting a feel for everything was the best part," he said.
Selby is a two-star recruit who also has scholarship offers from Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State and Mississippi State. He would have received more and from bigger schools -- Georgia and Kentucky, for example -- but he told college coaches he was 100 percent committed to Marshall, effectively ending his recruitment.
His grade point average and standardized test scores meet the NCAA standards for initial academic eligibility.
With the help of his blocking, Washington County rushed for more than 3,000 yards and passed for more than 2,000 yards during Selby's senior season. He finished with 96 pancake blocks and graded at 89 percent.
Selby cannot wait until Signing Day, which is February 6.
"I'm very excited," said Selby, whose lead recruiter for Marshall is safeties coach Todd Hartley. "I'm looking forward to it."
Jacob Messer is the managing editor for HerdNation.com. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com. All comments and feedback are welcome.