Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Who Could Round Out The 2016 Class?

WVU is building one of the most impressive recruiting classes in recent memory but there are plenty of more talented prospects that could continue to build this class into one of the nation’s best.

I strongly believe that WVU is done with recruiting the quarterback position with the commitment of Cody Saunders. The running back position looks to be sealed up with Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway but there are several other prospects with WVU very much in their respected recruitment. Deon McIntosh and Adrian Killins both have WVU at the top of their recruitment with decisions expected this fall after they make their respected visits.

The wide receiver position is an area that is a strength in this class but the Mountaineers are one trying to add more talent. Donnie Corley is the main target here but pulling the talented prospect from Michigan State will be a tough task but teammate Martell Pettaway is helping the WVU cause. I would be shocked if WVU doesn’t end up with Rontavius Groves in this class given that he almost committed during the Mountaineers final summer camp. Another interesting name to watch here is Jaquarius Bargnare who has said on numerous occasions that WVU is a finalist in his recruitment. Freddie Pinder is another big time wide receiver prospect that has WVU at the top of his list heading into his senior season. A name that WVU fans might have forgotten is Jacob McCrary who was forced to go JUCO this season but will be part of the 2016 class.

WVU already has a TE commit in Trevon Wesco but are still recruiting the position. Thaddeus Moss is the main target here with him already announcing that WVU has made his final list. WVU has also made the final cut for TE Jovani Haskins, who list Rutgers, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina along with WVU as his favorites at the moment.

The offensive line has been improved with this class and I don’t expect WVU to take on anymore offensive line prospects.

The defensive side of the ball is where I expect to WVU to focus on while trying to finish this class out. The defensive line will be a priority but not the main priority with DL Zack Gilbert and Rashad Wheeler being the top two targets. DE Nick Coe was a big target for the coaching staff but I believe WVU has dropped out of his process. DE/OLB Tymar Sutton is another prospect that WVU had been recruiting and while they seem to have fallen out a little bit, still remain in the picture.

The linebacker position has to be the strongest part of this class but WVU isn’t done yet. One of the nation’s best could be on his way to WVU if Brendan Ferns commits to WVU. I strongly believe that WVU is the leader and will ultimately land him given his connections to the school, mainly his brother Michael. He is the only target at the position that I expect the Mountaineers to pursue.

The defensive backfield is where we could see WVU turn their focus to from here on out. The Mountaineers are in strong pursuit of many prospects and are in an excellent position with each. CB Tony Butler and CB Sean Mahone are Ohio’s top cornerbacks and both have WVU at the top of their respected list. CB Therran Coleman is another top target for WVU but Pitt seems to be gaining steam for him. Safety prospects Cycoby Burch, Marcelino Ball, Joshua Moran, and Devon Studstill are all four wildcard prospects here with WVU remaining in the picture for both. CB Elijah Battle is another new name to the WVU recruiting process after he picked up an offer from them a few weeks ago.

There are several athletes that are still available as well with WVU very much in the picture for each. Khaleke Hudson is a linebacker prospect that will more than likely translate to a safety in college. Hudson was scheduled to announce his decision this weekend but has since delayed it. Hussein Howe is listed as a running back prospect but WVU envisions him as jack of all trades and that was on display during the Mountaineers final summer camp. WVU coaches used him as a running back, wide receiver, and cornerback with Howe having success at all three positions. Kaezon Pugh is another intriguing prospect for WVU that could play on both sides of the ball with his future likely being linebacker if he chooses WVU. Pulling Push and Hudson away from Pitt will be a tough task but WVU has shown success in recruiting Pittsburgh kids.

Current 2016 verbal commitments

Logan ThimonsOLB6'12053
Dylan TonkeryS6'0185NR
Reese DonahueDE6'42353
Marcus SimmsWR6'01753
Zach SandwischOLB6'22203
Cody SaundersQB6'1199NR
Jacob BuccigrossiOT6'42903
Trevon WescoTE6'5260NR
Josh SillsOG6'63193
Kyzir WhiteS6'32104
Jonn YoungK6'1190NR
Martell PettawayRB5'102053
Adam HensleyOLB6'32053
Kennedy McKoy RB6'01903
Nathan NiehausOT6'62503
Steven SmothersWR5'101524
Jacob LongCB6'11803
Chase BehrndtOG6'42953
Sean MahoneCB6'01943
Jeffery PoolerDT6'42723
Toyous AveryS6'02002
JoVanni StewartS5'91853
Justin CrawfordRB6'01954
Craig SmithOL6'63303
Mike DanielsCB6'01953
Elijah BattleCB6'01853
Brendan FernsLB6'32204

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