HUNTINGTON – A Marshall University football fan showed his wife a photo of a wavy-haired toddler wearing a green and white jersey with the number 10 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
She smiled and said she remembered Chad Pennington, who played for the Thundering Herd from 1995 to 1999.
Her husband then informed her that it wasn’t Chad, but her son Cole, a senior quarterback at Lexington Sayre High School, pledged to play for Marshall.
Cole Pennington is one of a wave of sons of former notables of the herd receiving considerable attention in college recruiting this season.
Cam, the son of Glenn Pedro, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound catcher from Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga., Has also signed up with Marshall.
Glenn Pedro was a bullish running back with MU from 1990 to 1993.
“I have been connected to Marshall my whole life,” said Cam Pedro. “I was there when I was a kid and for the camp. I am truly grateful for the opportunities that put me in this position.
Not all of the former stars of the herd are heading to Marshall.
Chris Hanson’s son Christian is a 6-2, 215-pound linebacker at Trinity Christian High School in Dublin, Georgia.
The son of former bettor Herd and NFL signed up at Akron last week.
Hanson has also sparked interest from Appalachian State, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.
Evan Ferguson, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound center from Spring Valley High School, has a preferred supply from Marshall.
Former All-American goalie Herd’s son Aaron Ferguson also has an FCS Gardner-Webb and NCAA Division II Glenville State and Northwood offering. Several other programs have expressed interest.
“I’ve been around Marshall so much that I know a lot about them,” said Evan Ferguson. “It’s really cool. Gardner-Webb is a really cool place. I liked the campus and the coaches there.
JacQai Long is a young player that Marshall proposed. The 6-1, 180-pound sophomore quarterback at Capital High School is the son of former Herd wide receiver Jerrald Long.
“I had a great conversation with (Marshall’s coach Charles Huff),” Long said. “I am delighted to receive an offer. “