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Herd fill their quarterback need

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Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School quarterback Gunnar Holcombe was stuck in the waiting game. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound signal-caller was high on Marshall, but their quarterback board was not favorable for him being able to commit.
"They had been interested but had told me they really only wanted to take one quarterback," Holcombe said.
Up until early Saturday, that one quarterback was Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze three-star signal-caller Trenton Norvell. That changed when Norvell decommitted and pledged to Cincinnati.
"When he decommitted, that opened the door for me," Holcombe said. "I committed to Marshall."
Just as Holcombe, a three-star pro-style quarterback, wasted no time in pledging, the Thundering Herd coaching staff was quick to let him know that they wanted him to be a part of their program.
"I talked to Coach (JaJuan) Seider, Coach (Tony) Petersen, and Coach (Doc) Holliday yesterday," Holcombe said. "Then I talked to Coach Seider today and made it official."
Holcombe gave a view of what those conversations with the coaching staff at Marshall were about.
"They were telling me that I am a person they love and a player that they love," Holcombe said. "They said they have been looking around and they could use somebody like me to how build them up. They just said it would be a great opportunity for me. They are looking forward to having me up there."
The South Florida prospect has yet to make it to Marshall for an official visit. He is in the process of scheduling that date.
"Coach Petersen is going to be here tomorrow for an in-home visit, so we will set up the official visit then," Holcombe said.
With regards to his commitment, he is pretty confident that it won't change between now and National Signing Day.
"I am sure I will have a couple questions for them when I visit but I am really comfortable with Marshall right now," Holcombe said. "I think right now Marshall is it for me."
As a senior, Holcombe threw for 2,294 yards and 29 touchdowns.
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