Offensive tackle Jamar Lewter out of Washington (D.C.) Ballou made a switch recently. The 6-foot-8, 280-pounder elected to commit to Marshall from his previous pledge this summer to North Carolina.
"I committed two weeks ago to Marshall," he said. "They were keeping in touch with me a lot. I was talking to them every day, they were coming up to the school. I just liked it and that changed my mind."
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"You know, I don't want to be part of what's going on, the biggest thing that got me was the academic thing and I'm very big on my academics, that wasn't good."
Meanwhile, he went further on his choice for the Herd.
"I talked to some of the players and they were telling me how much they love it there," he said. "I fell in love with it too. I'm going down on my official visit next week.
"The coaches are just cool. They kept in touch with me more than North Carolina did, the school I committed to. I Coach Smith called me a lot and talked to my mom and dad."
Lewter has a shot to see the field early upon his arrival.
"If I come in there and work hard during the offseason, by the time the season starts I should be a starter. I have to go in there and work hard every day, do what I got to do."
Lewter helped his team to a 9-1 record this season.
"We got taken out in the Turkey Bowl," he said. "I think as a team we did great. I did well. I just went out there and gave it my all every play."