With National Signing Day in the rear view mirror and winter practices underway, it’s time to take a look back at the WVU 2015 recruiting class and see where they fit into this season’s plan. The Mountaineers’ class featured a number of highly regarded prospects, but only a select few could see significant playing time in 2015. With the defense mostly remaining intact from last season, the offense is where we could see some incoming players making an impact.
The biggest battle to watch this Spring is that of the quarterback position, with freshmen QBs David Sills and Chris Chugunov being part of that battle. With the loss of WR Kevin White and Mario Alford, the Mountaineers will be searching for two new starters to step in and produce. A couple of freshmen that could fit into that role are WRs Gary Jennings and Jovon Durante.
Both Durante and Jennings were very highly regarded prospects in high school, and the Mountaineers are hoping for them to make an impact from the start. The availability of Michigan transfer Kyle Bosch will be a big determining factor as to how the OL plays out for the incoming class with the loss of Mark Glowinski and Quinton Spain, Matt Jones could step in and receive the most playing time of any new OL. Jones was considered one of the top OL in this class and has been one of the Mountaineers’ longest committed players.
The defensive side of the ball will mostly be occupied by returning starters, but there are a few names that may receive some significant playing time. The two main ones to watch here are CBs Tyrek Cole and Rasul Douglas. Both players fit the mold that the Mountaineers are wanting, size and speed with great covering skills. Cole and Douglas could see playing time in the nickel back position beside starters Terrell Chestnut and Daryl Worley.
With the Mountaineer defense continually rotating lineman in and out, watch for DL Larry Jefferson, Xavier Pegues, and Alec Shriner to receive some playing time. If Jared Barber is held back due to his recovery from a knee injury, expect LB David Long to get quality playing time until Barber is healthy. Long has been a favorite of DC Tony Gibson and has the skill set to play right away in the 3-3-5 scheme.
Jovon Durante’s impact might not be limited to just the offensive side of the ball, as Durante is considered one of the most dynamic punt returners in this class. The Mountaineers have had noted struggles with their punt return game,
Durante could be the player that makes that area a strength again. There are a few wildcard names to watch out for this upcoming season due to their unknown position on the team. Jacquez Adams and Jordan Adams are two players that will play multiple positions for the Mountaineers and could be assets this upcoming season.
Written by Travis Stone, BGS recruiting writer