The class of 2016 is winding down as early enrollees have begun making the journey to Morgantown to start the Spring semester. While the coaching staff is preparing for final visits from prospects in the 2016 class, they are also looking further to the future. Over the past couple days, Coaches JaJuan Seider and Lonnie Galloway have extended a few offers to very talented prospects in the South.
First offer was received by 2017 WR DJ Edwards of Palm Beach Lakes (FL) and he couldn’t be happier to receive that phone call. “The offer means a lot to me and I’m very thankful to WVU for giving me this opportunity but I have to stay humble and thank God first.” WVU is the first Power 5 offer for Edwards and he is very familiar with what the program has to offer wide receivers. “Their success is what sticks out the most to me. They continue to produce very good talent at the position and it helps to play in front of a packed house each Saturday.”
The second offer went to 2017 ATH Shawn Smith of Brunswick (GA) and he was also very humbled to the Mountaineers offer. “The WVU offers mean a lot to me but it means more that Coach Gallaway has seen something in me enough to offer me to play under him.” The talented prospect is also familiar with the Mountaineers success with wide receivers. “Coach Galloway sees me as a slot receiver in their offense which makes me feel even better about their offer considering the way they use wide receivers.”
The third offer went to 2017 ATH Noah Curtis, who received the offer while at the Army All American Combine this weekend. Curtis is at the same school as the other Mountaineers offer, WR DJ Edwards, and is equally as excited about the WVU offer. “The offer from Coach Seider means a lot to me considering I hadn’t been in contact with WVU until this offer. I feel I would be best at DE/OLB position at WVU.” He was also quick to note the job that defensive coordinator Tony Gibson has done with the Mountaineer defense. “He is a very good coach that has WVU playing great defense.” Like Edwards, Curtis is expecting a visit from Coach Seider in the near future to further discuss his offer.
The final offer of the busy weekend went to 2019 WR JaShawn Sheffield of Frederica Academy (GA) via WVU coach JaJuan Seider. Just a freshman, Sheffield already shows the promise of a future star with offers from Georgia and Tennessee already but the Mountaineers offer is intriguing to Sheffield. “Any offer that I get as a freshman means something to me but I have watched Tavon Austin and Kevin White at WVU and it was fun to watch them play great.” Along with the prestige that WVU offers to young wide receivers, Seider making the offer also had meaning. “If he looks at me as Florida talent then that is saying something since I’m just a freshman.” Sheffield said that Seider will be in touch with him as soon as he makes the trip down south in the near future.
All of these prospects are very interested in visiting Morgantown as soon as they can but were unsure of dates at the moment. “Coach Seider is coming down to visit with me next month and we will discuss a visit but I want to get up there as soon as possible to see what Morgantown as to offer,” Edwards told me.
As Mountaineers fans enjoy the 2016 class wrapping up on a high note, there are high hopes that 2017 holds even better results both on and off the field for WVU.