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Lovell is on the verge of a decision

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Offensive tackle Josh Lovell may be the on the verge of a decision. According to Christchurch, Va. head coach Ed Homer the 6-foot-6, 275-pounder could decide this weekend.
"He's going on a visit to Marshall this weekend, he's leaving on Friday," he said. "He's going to sign with Marshall, if he doesn't I'll eat my hat.
"He's built a strong relationship with Phil Ratliff. Coach Ratliff has been very proactive and contacted Josh awhile back, about a year ago. They plan to make him a a lineman and move him inside."
What kind of talent is Marshall getting?
"Josh is 275-pounds and a big kid," he said. "He's very strong in the weight room and very flexible. He's got good speed and is that perfect guy to move inside. I think he's going to be a very good lineman."
Homer has one prospect to monitor in 2011 in linebacker Cleveland Battle.
"He's a first team all-state selection," he said of the 5-foot-11, 220-pounder. "He's a very good hitter and a good cover guy too. He's a big, solid athletic kid and has good grades, over a 3.0 GPA.
"I know Marshall was very impressed with him when they saw Josh. He's our best guy next year."
Meanwhile, 2012 is shaping up to be a big one for Homer.
"We've got Win Homer, a 6-foot-6, 225-pounder," he said. "He'll be going to Virginia Tech during the summer. Coach Cavanaugh invited him up. He's an offensive tackle.
"Then there is 6-foot-4, 190-pound James Ford. He can play a number of positions, quarterback, wide receiver, etc.
"We also have 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver Patrick Young. He's already a Division I lacrosse prospect. He's very fast and athletic.
"Last we have 5-foot-9, 220-pounder Carlos Gray. He's the best football player we have. He's very fast and a strong and very hard hitter. He's going to get hurt by his size though."
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