WVU hosted it’s final one day summer camp this past Saturday with many top prospects in attendance. This camp featured some of the nation’s top talent making it’s way to Morgantown to showcase their abilities for the WVU coaching staff. If this camp is any indication what the future holds for the WVU football program then Mountaineer Nation better be prepared for a wild ride.
Many game changing prospects that were present today include WR Steven Smothers, WR Donnie Corley, CB Therran Coleman, DB Lamont Wade, WR Ronatvius Groves, LB Brendan Ferns, ATH Khaleke Hudson, DL Yetur Matos, S Derek Pitts, DL TyJuan Garbutt, RB Hussein Howe, and OL Marcus Minor headlined the stellar group of prospects. Many commits for the 2016 class were also present for this camp and a few tried to play recruiter with their teammates and close friends. RB commit Martell Pettaway spent the day speaking with teammate WR Donnie Corley attempting to bring the talented receiver to Morgantown.
Among some of the most impressive performances of the day RB Hussein Howe displayed his abilities to the WVU coaching staff but also showed his versatility as he performed at wide receiver and cornerback. Current WVU commit quarterback Cody Saunders was very impressive during his drills, showcasing a very accurate arm along with ability to make throws while on the run. DE Yetur Matos impressed during the afternoon camp showing his ability to get off the line and apply constant pressure on the quarterback. OL prospects Marcus Minor and Chase Behrndt were dominant forces during the offensive line drills and each walked away with a MVP award and an offer from the Mountaineers. Another impressive performance went to QB Lindell Stone who was a surprise visitor during today’s camp. Stone also walked away with an MVP award and an offer from the Mountaineers. DB Prospect Tyler Coyle was an unknown prospect heading into today but turned that unknown into an MVP award and left an impression on safeties coach Joe DeForest with his blazing speed.
The Mountaineers were able to land a commit from another MVP of today’s camp in ATH Nathan Niehaus, who has seen his stock rise this summer and definitely has the potential to be a sleeper in this class. Niehaus, 6’6 250 lbs. lineman from Colerain High (OH), was very impressive throughout the day and the Mountaineers view him at multiple positions in their scheme.
While he didn’t commit during the camp WR Steven Smothers appears to be all in on the Mountaineers and the relationship that he has been able to build with not only the coaching staff but with other commits is the key part of his decision. I fully expect Smothers to make a final decision in the near future and the Mountaineers are the clear cut favorite to land him.
Another WR prospect that didn’t commit last night but appeared to be leaning that way was Ronatvius Groves. Groves wasn’t able to get to the WVU campus until late in the evening on Saturday but that allowed him to time to solidify his relationship with coach Seider and Galloway. Groves has indicated in the past that the Mountaineers are the leaders at the moment due to the relationships that he has built with the staff especially Seider and Galloway. Groves isn’t expected to commit until the Fall but the Mountaineers are in an excellent position with Groves.
Another prospect that seems to have the Mountaineers in the driver seat in talented LB Brendan Ferns who was present for some of today’s camp. It seems that current commits and interested prospects are doing their best to persuade Ferns to commit to WVU. Another big factor in his recruitment is that his brother is a member of the WVU football team so this looks like another case that the Mountaineers are in an excellent position to land another playmaker.
Instate safety prospect Derek Pitts was also present for the final summer camp of the year and walked away impressed with the overall visit which is a trend that continues to grow with each visit Pitts makes to WVU. Pitts is seeing his recruitment skyrocket this summer with tons of offers but the Mountaineers continue to assert themselves in his process.
Like I said a couple of weeks ago when WVU recruiting was going through a rough patch, it isn’t over till it’s over and the Mountaineers are gearing up to have a very special 2016 recruiting class.