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Lots of Potential, High Hopes for True Freshman Milum

Offensive lineman Wyatt Milum has been a player that the West Virginia staff has highlighted from the start.  Milum, a 6’6, 290-pound offensive tackle, was a 4-star recruit coming out of Spring Valley High School in the 2021 class. 

The Huntington, WV product had an impressive list of offers coming out of high school, including Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and others. 

Neal Brown and his staff have made it clear since their arrival that they wanted to keep the in-state talent at home. 

Brown showed this as soon as he got the job in 2019.  A 5-star Spring Valley offensive lineman by the name of Doug Nester had just decommitted from Ohio State, and even though they had no recruiting leads on him, Brown and his staff made the trip down to Spring Valley to present themselves. 

Nester ended up committing to Virginia Tech, but has since joined Brown and the Mountaineers. 

Coach Brown had plenty of time to recruit Milum and he got his guy. 

With Milum being such a highly touted recruit, the Mountaineers will need his efforts on the offensive line this season.  On Saturday, Milum got his first college game experience, seeing 8 snaps in the WVU loss to Maryland. 

On Tuesday, Coach Brown was asked about Milum after his first on-field performance. 

“He’ll only continue to get better.  He’s got big time talent, he’s got a great motor,” said Brown. 

Coach Brown also mentioned that there will be ups and downs for Milum this season, with the fact that he’s a freshman playing the tackle position out in the open. 

Brown ended the question about Milum by saying, “He’s going to continue to play.  He’s going to get a bunch of reps on Saturday, and as long as he continues to earn those opportunities, he’s going to get there.  I have a lot of faith that he’s going to be a great one.” 

With the addition of Milum, WVU will feature 3 in-state products getting meaningful snaps on the offensive line.  Milum will join former Spring Valley High teammate, Doug Nester, and starting center Zach Frazier from Fairmont Senior High School. 

While Wyatt Milum only got a small dose of action last Saturday, be prepared to see more of the true freshman in the coming weeks and months of the 2021 WVU season. 

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