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Areas Neal Brown might look to improve on his roster

Now that we are past the early-signing period and national signing day, West Virginia’s recruiting class is close to being completed.

The Mountaineers still have some open scholarships left to give out for this upcoming season, and they will likely fill these spots after spring camp has ended and seen a more completed version of their roster. Most of the players who they would look to bring in have not entered the portal yet, so let’s look at some of the positions these scholarships can go. 

Quarterback

The Mountaineers are moving on from veteran QB Jarret Doege, who was their starter for the past two and a half seasons. There is not much experience set to replace him, with the most experienced player on the roster being Garrett Greene who saw only small amounts of playing time this past season in specially designed sets for him.

Besides him, there is true freshman Nicco Marchiol, the Mountaineers highest rated high school QB recruit in years. There are high expectations for Marchiol, but it is hard to rely on a true freshman to immediately step in and be your starting QB.

Then, the wildcard is sophomore Will Crowder. Crowder didn’t see any playing time as a freshman but impressed in practice and could take over the job. If after spring camp Neal Brown and the coaching staff decides they are not comfortable relying on any of these QB’s to be their starter in 2022, they could look to the transfer portal for experience. Other QB’s are bound to hit the portal after their respective teams’ spring camps if they feel they don’t have a shot to win the starting job. The Mountaineers could look to bring in one of these QB’s not to be a guaranteed starter but just to provide more competition and experience to the room. 

Wide Receiver

The Mountaineers lost leading receiver Winston Wright, as well as Isaiah Esdale, Sean Ryan and Sam Brown to the transfer portal this past season. They still have talented enough receivers to make it work, including highly touted sophomore Kaden Prather who will see a much bigger role, The Mountaineers also brought in JUCO transfer, Cortez Braham for depth. The room is still pretty shallow depth wise compared to where it usually is and the Mountaineers could look to bring in a guy to help steady the room. 

Secondary

West Virginia lost a bunch of players from their secondary this offseason, some from graduating, others from transferring. Starting safety combo Alonzo Addae and Sean Mahone both graduated this past year and leave a massive hole for the Mountaineers to fill as they both were very experienced. Rotating corner Jackie Matthews transferred, as well as safety Kerry Martin Jr. This is another position that the Mountaineers don’t necessarily need someone who will come in and play every down, but someone who can add to the depth, compete for snaps and be ready in case of an injury.

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