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April 25, 2012
A 3-star JUCO combo-guard enjoyed his visit to Marshall over the weekend.
D.D. Scarver, the leading scorer in Region XIV from Trinity Valley (TX) CC, verbally committed to Southern Miss in January, but re-opened his recruiting after coach Larry Eustachy left the Golden Eagles program to take over at Colorado State.
The 6'4 guard is a native of Birmingham, Ala., and Marshall coaches are hoping persistence pays off.
Scarver tells HerdNation.com that Marshall has remained in touch with him all year. He is also being recruited by Mississippi State, UTEP, South Alabama and Louisiana Tech.
"Meeting the staff and players," Scarver said of his visit highlights. He also enjoyed dinner at a Japanese-themed restaurant in Huntington, even adding an exclamation point for emphasis on the meal.
Scarver committed to Southern Miss in January, but knew things could change and did not sign at the time.
"It was tough, but I kind of knew it was going to happen," Scarver said of Eustachy's departure for Colorado State. "There were rumors going around before I committed."
His recruiting is not over after visiting Huntington. Scarver said he thinks he will take more official visits, but is not sure when or where at this point, but he does have a leader.
"I would say Marshall is first on my list," Scarver said.
He said he plans to make a final decision in the next two weeks.
As far as his game, one source close to Scarver said the recruit has improved his ballhandling to become a more complete player. The source said Scarver was relying on pure shooting ability his freshman year, but developed his game to be able to drive and get to the free throw line this season.
"I'm a scorer, but I can also shoot," Scarver said. Scarver scored 24 points per game and shot in the mid-80 percent range from the free throw line.
He said Marshall coach Tom Herrion would use him on the wing to score, but also have him playing some point guard.
As far as eligibility goes, nothing is final, but Scarver fully plans on being ready to go next year.
"I'm on track," Scarver said. "I just have to pass these classes I'm in now."
HerdNation.com will continue to follow Scarver's recruiting process.
Ryan Epling is an analyst with Herd Nation. Comments and questions are welcomed and encouraged on the Old Fairfield forum.