WVU has had some very crucial football games during it’s time in the Big conference but this Saturday is a HUGE game for the Mountaineers just not for the reason many may think. Over the past week the WVU coaches have been able to secure a handful of official visits and this Saturday is shaping up to be the biggest recruiting weekend in Mountaineer history.
DB Trayvon Mullen and WR Binjimen Victor are the biggest names to be on campus for the 2016 class. Both are big surprises to Mountaineer Nation given their recruiting status but given that WVU is their first official visit is HUGE for the Mountaineers. Mullen looked to be down to LSU and Florida State with WVU seemingly out of the picture until this past week. Victor is a bit more of a wildcard with the Mountaineers still in the picture along with Florida and Ohio State. The big kicker here is that these two prospects are teammates at Coconut Creek (FL) and could have a desire to continue to play together with their only common school being WVU. Another 2016 name to watch on his visit to WVU is ATH Myles Dorn who will be making his first trip to Morgantown. Dorn has the Mountaineers is his list along with North Carolina and Tennessee, who he will visit after his trip to WVU.
Two prospects making return trips to Morgantown this weekend are LB Branden Ferns and Kaezon Pugh, who have both been consistent visitors this seasons. Ferns is the name to watch here to commit given his connections to the program and his multiple trips here. Pugh is a bit of the wildcard here because when he announced that he would be making his decision in October, it had the feeling that Pitt was the school to beat but a lot has changed since then. Pugh will be making his third straight trip to Morgantown this season and it’s beginning to look like the Mountaineers are replacing Pitt as the school to beat.
The 2017 prospects that will make their way to Morgantown next weekend include ATH Derrek Pitts, DE Tyjuan Garbutt, LB Dorian Etheridge, ATH Lamont Wade, and RB Travis Levy. Pitts is the interesting name to watch here for a commit given the amount of trips he has made to Morgantown for various reasons and that’s he’s the state of West Virginia top player. WVU will be Pitts second official visit after he visited Blacksburg just two weeks ago. Etheridge is another name to watch with his ties to the state and this will also be his second official visit as he was with Pitts during his trip to Blacksburg. Wade and Garbutt are considered top ten players at their respected positions and this will make multiple visits to WVU for both of them. Wade has stated in the past that the Mountaineers intrigue him and that they are on his short list of interested schools. Garbutt is an intriguing name that the Mountaineers have made a high priority for this class. He has spoke with BGS in the past about his interest in the WVU and while he is highly interested I expect him to make all his official visits before a commit but the Mountaineers are in a good spot with talented defensive end. Levy is an underrated running back that also has made multiple visits to WVU and I believe the Mountaineers are the favorite here. Another factor for Levy is that teammate Marcus Simms is currently committed to WVU and both players seem to have a desire to play together at the next level.
The Mountaineers will also host a number of current commits for the Maryland game that could play a factor in bringing these prospects to Morgantown. This weekend is shaping up to be one of, if not the biggest recruiting weekends in Mountaineer history.
You can see the full list of visitors for this weekend’s game HERE.