Anytime Mountaineer fans hear the word backyard the automatic assumption is related to WVU and Pitt, but in this case it has to do with the other Pennsylvania school that is battling WVU for some highly regarded 2016 prospects.
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Mountaineers are battling on the recruiting trail for the services of 3 top targets on both recruiting boards, LB Brendan Ferns, DB Kyzir White, and ATH Khaleke Hudson, with White already being committed to the Mountaineers.
It’s no secret that the battle for Ferns has been down to Penn State and West Virginia for quite some time given the programs academics standards and their respected engineering programs. However that is just about the only aspect of Ferns recruitment that is not under wraps. Ferns has continued to remain quiet about his intentions. Penn State and WVU will continue to fight until the last minute for the coveted linebacker out of Ohio.
Kyzir White is an interesting case given that he has been committed to WVU for some time; but that has not stopped Penn State. The Nittany Lions pursuit has continued. But now with Dana Holgorsen coming back next season and Tony Gibson reassuring all that he is staying the Mountaineers appear to have White locked up to continue the family tradition.
Khaleke Hudson is an interesting target that was high on the Mountaineers entering his senior season but has seemed to tail off on WVU while Penn State has gained a ton of momentum. Hudson did make a surprise visit to WVU during the season but it seems that was nothing more than him just making his rounds before making a decision. I strongly see this headed in the direction of the Nittany Lions.
Another interesting twist on this recruiting battle is that former DL Christian Colon, who de-committed from Penn State over the summer, has mutual interest between himself and the WVU coaching staff. There hasn’t been much information on Colon’s recruitment, it’s been kept under the radar like Ferns, but WVU has maintained contact and looks to be in the final picture for Colon.
West Virginia has lost a few recruiting battles this season to Penn State already, notably Aaron Mathews, a wide receiver out of Clairton, PA, who had long had WVU alot of his list committed to Penn State on January 2nd.
With the Penn State/West Virginia football series set to resume in a few years, the two programs figured they go ahead and start battling over the top talent on the East coast which could start the fire to make their football series that much more important.