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May 1, 2012
When he visited the Conference USA school on April 14, the Marshall coaching staff offered a scholarship to Chris Huhn on the spot.
Huhn was equally impressed, especially with head coach Doc Holliday and offensive line coach Geep Wade.
"It was a really nice place," said Huhn, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound, three-star offensive lineman from Pickerington North High School in Pickerington, Ohio. "I thought Coach Holliday was a real cool guy. I like the way he ran practices. He is real similar to my head coach and how he runs it.
"I like the campus and players. I like my position coach. He is a younger coach and real energetic. He knows what he is talking about, and I like how he did film. It's not all talk. He gets the players involved. It's interactive. That is one of the ways I have to learn. If I have to sit there and listen the whole time, I start to daydream."
Akron, Buffalo, Louisville, Marshall, Ohio, Toledo and Western Kentucky have offered scholarships to Huhn, who grade point average and standardized test score meet NCAA standards for academic eligibility.
Cincinnati, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Syracuse also are interested in Huhn, who runs the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds and can bench press 280 pounds.
His lead recruiter for the Thundering Herd is quarterbacks coach Tony Petersen.
"We talk about twice a week," said Huhn, who wants to major in education and become a coach and teacher. "He is real cool. When my dad and I got there, he brought us into his meetings. That was cool."
Huhn said he does not have a top school or even a top five at the moment.
"The recruiting process is going great," said Huhn, a former two-sport athlete who played basketball for his school before his coach kicked him off the team for participating in before-school weightlifting sessions for football. "Things are starting to pick up for me."
Huhn has visited Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Marshall, Ohio, Purdue, Toledo and Western Kentucky. He wants to make return trips to Louisville, Marshall and Ohio.
Huhn has no timetable for his decision.
"Part of me wants to decide before the season and part of me wants to wait just to see what happens," he said. "More than likely, I will end up committing early, but no promises."
Asked to identify his strengths, Huhn said:
"I have to say my aggression and passion for the game. I have so much adrenaline when I get on the field. I always go 100 percent. I get pumped up before every play. I think that is kind of rare."
Asked to identify his weaknesses, Huhn said:
"Making my line calls. I'm good at communicating, but I'm too indecisive. Thinking less and reacting more is a big thing for me. Like my dad always tells me, I need to make physical mistakes, not mental ones. It's better to hit somebody and do the wrong thing than to not hit anybody at all."
Huhn said he is a different person on the field compared to off the field.
"I'm a nice guy off the field," he said. "I try to make everybody happy. It's a completely different story on the field. I'm pretty nasty on the field. I'm not going to lie. I can flip the switch."
Jacob Messer is the managing editor for HerdNation.com. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and feedback are welcome.