MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – (December 18, 2020) — As the hours went by this past Wednesday, Letters of Intent were being finalized by the class of 2021 to become future Mountaineers.
WVU football coach Neal Brown commented on the class that he and his staff put together.
“Small class today, but high-quality class,” Brown said. “Very diverse group from different areas, which speaks to the power of the West Virginia brand.”
Did coach Brown recruit the best class in WVU football history?
According to computers, yes.
247 Sports is a recruiting website that grades players on how good they are based on a star rating and a grading scale to 100. College teams are also graded based on the class with a grade of 100.
They have been grading high school athletes since 1999.
WVU has the highest grade in the program’s history for the class of 2021. 247 Sports gave West Virginia a grade of 87.19.
The Mountaineers rank 37th in the country, and fourth in the Big 12.
Coach Brown and his staff emphasized how important this group is since they started recruiting these future Mountaineers in Jan. 2019.
The class is highlighted by the three-four stars in Wyatt Milum (OL), Kaden Prather (WR) and Jaylen Anderson (RB).
Milum is an in-state product from Huntington, WV, who played high school football at Spring Valley. The offensive lineman is the sixth-highest prospect in WVU history.
Prather is a top-40 ranked wide receiver in the country. The Maryland native signed right after Milum did on Wednesday morning.
Anderson is a running back from Massillon, OH who was the final four-star to sign his Letter of Intent to West Virginia University. The Ohio native is a top 10 player in the state.
The rest of the class is rounded out by talented prospects in Justin Johnson (RB), Will Crowder (QB), Andrew Wilson-Lamp (WR), Ja’Corey Hammett (LB), Aubrey Burks (S) and eight other high school seniors.
The staff has also had two international players to sign with WVU. Victor Wikstorm (Sweden) and Edward Vesterinen (Finland) are both players that can start a trend of European college football players.
Brown talked about targeting European players in the future.
Coach Brown mentioned on Wednesday his priority of recruiting kids near West Virginia.
“It just makes geographical sense what we’re trying to do within a six-hour radius of Morgantown,” Brown said. “We signed a great player from here in the state and signed a great player from the DMV (D.C.-Maryland-Virginia) area, and we signed guys from Ohio that we think have tremendous potential.”
The graph below shows WVU football recruiting grades by class starting in 2002 to now in 2021. Every since Brown and his staff came to Morgantown, the numbers have continued to rise.