With the early signing day period approaching, and with West Virginia hoping to have one of their better classes in recent history, head coach Neal Brown is already locking down commitments for the incoming class.
Over the last few days, Brown has received three commitments for the class of 2022, including a junior college transfer, a power five transfer, and a high schooler.
Marques “Hershey” McLaurin is a safety from Jones College in Jones, Mississippi. 247 sports has McLaurin listed as a three star recruit, and he played two years at the JUCO level. This season, he finished with 36 tackles, and five interceptions in 10 games played. McLaurin made an official visit this past weekend before committing earlier this week. McLaurin is listed at 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and will look to make an impact on the defense next year.
The second of the three commitments came from a West Virginia product. Defensive end Zeuqui Lawton graduated from South Charleston in 2021, but ended up going to Cincinnati. Lawton did not play for the Bearcats this season, thus entering his name into the transfer portal. Lawton was named defensive player of the year in the state of West Virginia back in high school, and was a three star recruit out of high school. Lawton is 6-foot-3, 266 pounds and has four seasons of eligibility remaining.
The third commitment from Brown was Asani Redwood, an edge rusher from Georgia. Redwood had 116 total tackles this season, as well as 19 sacks. Redwood is a 6-foot-3, 240 pound rusher who made his visit to West Virginia on Dec. 4. Redwood won a state championship this season and is a three star recruit. Redwood had offers from Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky, Elon, but was not widely recruited besides West Virginia.
These three commitments are hopefully a good sign for Brown and his staff before the early signing period takes place on Dec. 15. Brown is looking to build upon back-to-back bowl game appearances as next year will be his fourth season at West Virginia.
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