WVU football has already landed several very talented prospects in the 2016 class and with not much time until National Signing Day the Mountaineers are focused on finishing this class on a high note. There are still some highly regarded names on the Mountaineers radar and below we examine who might round out this class.
DB Tony Butler and LB Brendan Ferns are the two most common names that have been top targets of this coaching staff. Both talented prospects are down to two schools but Notre Dame is trying to get involved with Ferns now even with it being so late in the process. Butler just recently announced that he is down to Arizona State and WVU with the Mountaineers having a slight edge given Butler’s familiarity with the program. I firmly believe that both of these prospects will be Mountaineers when they announce their respected decision.
LB’s Vosean Joseph and Emmett Rice both recently visited the WVU campus and walked away impressed with what the Mountaineers had to offer. The only thing now going in WVU’s favor for both of these prospects is that they are Florida kid’s that are committed to local schools. Joseph (Florida) and Rice (Florida State) both looked to be locked in to their choices and if WVU lands Ferns then I don’t see them taking another linebacker in this class.
RB Adrian Killins looked to be set on making a decision a few weeks ago but has decided to delay that decision until the near future with the Mountaineers seemingly the favorites for him. While Killins has been limited to a running back at the high school level, he has the tools to be a jack of all trades in the WVU offense scheme.
WR’s Binjimen Victor and Rontavius Groves continue to be focal points for coaches Seider and Galloway but it appears that Victor isn’t headed to WVU. The Mountaineers got involved late with him and his recruitment seems to be leaning towards the Buckeyes at the moment. Groves on the other hand, has always seemed to be a WVU lean and I believe that it remains that way. During a visit over the summer, Groves almost committed to WVU but choose to wait on a decision until after his season. Never-the-less I believe WVU hasn’t lost any ground in his recruitment and it will stay that way until he commits.
WR/DB Aaron Mathews holds an offer from WVU at multiple positions and that seems to entice the talented prospect, but is it enough to pry him away from local rival Pitt? Currently I believe that Mathews will be a Panther although WVU can make up ground if they can get an official visit. At the end of the process, I believe he could still be a Mountaineer.
RB George Hill is a name that has started to get thrown around ever since he backed out of his commitment to Ohio State. However, I feel the Michigan State Spartans are in the driver’s seat with no turning back.
TE Jovani Haskins is an interesting prospect that has played his process as quietly as anyone could but the Mountaineers seemed to be at the top of his list. Haskins likes his hometown Rutgers and Virginia Tech as well but with coaching changes to each, could the Mountaineers use that leverage to land the talented TE? This seems to be a decision that will be put on hold until Rutgers makes a coaching hire but coach Holgorsen has showed he wants to improve the TE position at WVU and Haskins would do just that .
DE Jordan Woods is another name that will be subject to coaching changes given his list of Miami and South Carolina to go along with the Mountaineers. Woods was a recent visitor to the WVU campus and has put the Mountaineers at the top of his list but he also looks like he will have to wait until respected schools in his process make coaching hires.
JUCO DT Tyrell Chavis and DT Christian Colon are both in a position of need for the Mountaineers in the Big 12 Conference but I think WVU only takes one of these prospects and it’s Chavis, who just recently visited Morgantown with teammate OL Malcolm Pridgeon, who has interest in WVU but it appears the Mountaineers got involved a little too late given his offer sheet. Colon was a commit to Penn State for a while but recently backed off his commitment to reopen his process. WVU has been involved with Colon for a long time but I believe instate North Carolina will reel him in at the end of the day.
JUCO DB Elijah Battle and DB Cycoby Burch are names that have appeared on our forum under commit watch and I still feel that both will be Mountaineers whenever they make their respected decisions. Another name that is high on the WVU coaching staff radar is DB Devin Studstill but I just don’t see him committing to WVU even though he has ties to the WVU program. It appears that Notre Dame could be his leader throughout the process and could land the talented prospect.
The 2016 class has already been an impressive one given the amount of talent that this coaching staff has brought. It could turn out to be a very special class if they can finish strong over the next 2 months.