Thursday, October 27, 2016

With the Spring Game and winter practices now in the rear view mirror, the WVU staff can focus on recruiting for the 2016 class. Coach Dana Holgorsen let it be known at his Spring Game press conference that the entire coaching staff was headed out to solidify their position with key recruits.

New WVU coach Mark Scott is already making rounds in the recruiting process as on Monday he stopped in to see in-state WR Christian Johnson. The Mountaineers have not yet extended an offer to Johnson but are expected to very soon and a commit could follow.

WVU Coach Brian Mitchell stopped by on Monday to see highly regarded WR prospect Jacob McCrary. McCrary still remains a solid commit to the Mountaineers and plans to graduate from JUCO this winter.

WVU coach JaJuan Seider made a trip to Florida to see 2016 QB Cody Saunders throw at his high school. Saunders just received an offer from South Florida on Tuesday and while the Bulls offer looked to possibly be a problem for WVU, Saunders committed to the Mountaineers on Wednesday while Seider was present.

WVU coach Ron Crook made his rounds in Ohio early in the week as he stopped to see 2016 OL Max Potokar, who currently doesn’t hold an offer from WVU.  Crook encouraged him to attend the WVU Summer Camp to showcase his talents for the Mountaineer coaching staff. Crook also stopped in to see current Pitt commit DB Tony Butler. The Mountaineers have not yet offered Butler, who is committed to Pitt but has stated he is open to new offers from certain schools.

JaJuan Seider spent Tuesday in Detroit looking at 2017 ATH Ambry Thomas and extended an offer to the talented prospect. Thomas currently plays CB at Detroit Martin Luther King High School but projects as a special teams player at the college level. Thomas hopes to be in contact with Seider in the next couple days to schedule a visit to WVU, where Thomas currently has extended family.

The coaching staff also stopped by to see current 2016 Kent State commit S Tyrece Speaight. Speaight has been looking at all his options recently and the Mountaineers are intensifying their interest.

Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson visited DE/OLB Tymar Sutton on Tuesday as the Mountaineers continue to turn the heat up on Sutton to commit. Sutton has previously stated that he wants to take official visits before making a decision.

2016 WR Aaron Matthews and 2017 ATH Lamont Wade were visited by WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson on Monday morning. Matthews as been a long time target of Gibson’s and Wade is in the beginning stages of his recruitment, but is already hearing a lot from the Mountaineer coaching staff.

Thursday saw WVU coaches Lonnie Galloway and JaJuan Seider pay a visit to highly touted DB prospect Rontavius Groves in Nashville, Tenn. Groves continues to reiterate that the Mountaineers are a perfect team for his abilities and his relationship with Galloway and Seider continues to grow with each visit. After their visit with Groves, the two will stop in to see TE Jordan Wilson, who visited for the Spring Game and the Mountaineers have gained a ton of momentum during that visit. Wilson is intrigued with playing TE for WVU and is now a top target for the coaching staff.

Joe DeForest was a busy man on Thursday when he stopped by Mainland High School (FL) to see many Mountaineer targets. DE Jachai Polite, DT Kevin McCrary, OT Marcus Tatum, and RB Adrian Killins all hold offers from WVU and have the Mountaineers near the top of their list with Killins being the primary target of the group but getting any of this group from Miami will be a tough task.

Ron Crook continued his heavy pursuit to upgrade the OL on Thursday with a visit to top OL target Josh Ball. Ball has visited the Mountaineer campus on numerous occasions and has the Mountaineers near the top of his list. While in the area Crook stopped in to see OL Zach Adams, who currently  doesn’t hold an offer from WVU but look for that to change possibly during this visit.

Tony Gibson continued his heavy recruitment of Pennsylvania Wednesday with an offer to 2017 RB Dewayne Murray, 5’10 180lbs. Murray is a rising prospect in the state with Pitt and Penn State now getting into the recruiting picture.

The WVU staff picked up where it left off last week with Lonnie Galloway visiting current WVU commit WR Marcus Simms, OL Elijah Johnson, WR Tino Ellis, OL Zach Adams, and OL Josh Ball throughout the week. OL Zach Adams picked up an offer from the Mountaineers last week but has also received offers from Penn State and Pitt since then.

WR Tino Ellis has been impressed with the Mountaineers success at putting wide receivers in the NFL and might want to be the one to continue the tradition. OL Josh Ball has been a long time target of the Mountaineers and has said that WVU is at the top of his list right now.

After his offer to JUCO TE Trevon Wesco on Monday, WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson will head back to West Virginia to follow up with some of the top instate talent. Look for Gibson to visit 2017 ATH Derek Pitts, 2017 LB Dorian Etheridge, 2016 ATH Kentre Grier, current WVU commits 2016 DE Reese Donahue, and 2016 ATH Tyrhee Pratt.

JuJuan Seider and Joe Deforest stayed busy in the state of Florida throughout the week as the two managed to add offers to future classes. 2019 LB Anthony Solomon, 2018 WR Elijah Moore, 2018 DE Nik Bonitto, 2018 Miami commit DB Al Blades Jr., 2018 DB Benjamin Sapp Jr., and 2018 DB Asante Samuel Jr. all picked up offers from the Mountaineers during this Florida trip.



Edited by Michael Walker



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