Friday, August 18, 2017

WVU 2016 football recruiting class review

Jacquez Adams, CB, 5-11, 160, Reisterstown, Md./Milford AcademyAdams nsd

  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2016
  • Originally signed with West Virginia out of high school in 2015
  • Played one season for Coach Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.)
  • Finished 2015 with six receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns in four games
  • Added 51 rushing yards and one touchdown pass
  • Previously played for Coach Anthony Burgos at Franklin High
  • Two-time Maryland Class 3A/4A First-Team All-State performer
  • Led Franklin High to a 13-1 record and a 7-0 mark in the region as a senior
  • Team captured the Maryland Class 3A state championship with a 35-21 victory over Damascus
  • Four-year career totals were 4,810 yards passing and 51 touchdowns, 1,932 yards rushing and 27 scores
  • Totaled 6,740 total yards for his career; also played free safety and had 22 career tackles
  • Completed 108-of-175 passes for 1,539 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior
  • 2014 rushing totals were 916 yards and 12 touchdowns
  • Led Franklin to the 2013 Class 3A state championship, passing for 2,836 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 885 yards and 14 scores
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-Atlantic Region Ranking
  • No. 6 player in prep school according to Rivals
  • Twin brother, Jordan, redshirted at WVU in 2015

 

Jacob Buccigrossi, OL, 6-4, 295, Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills HSbuccigrossi

  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2016
  • Three-year starter for Coach Pat Carey at North Hills High
  • Played one game in 2015 before suffering a season-ending injury
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Preseason Fabulous 22 (2015)
  • WPIAL All-Northern Eight Conference First Team (2014)
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-East Region Ranking
  • No. 3 guard in Pennsylvania, No. 8 guard regionally and No. 56 guard nationally according to Scout
  • No. 36 player in Pennsylvania according to 247sports
  • No. 25 player in Pennsylvania and No. 77 OT nationally according to ESPN
  • Also offered by Arizona, Northwestern and Virginia.

 

Reese Donahue, DL, 6-5, 245, Milton, W.Va./Cabell Midland HSDonahue nsd

  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2016
  • Two-year starter for Coach Luke Salmons at Cabell Midland High
  • First player in West Virginia history to win the 2015 Stydahar Award (state’s top lineman) and the 2015 Huff Award (state’s best defensive player)
  • West Virginia All-State Class AAA Defensive Captain (2015)
  • Two-time West Virginia All-State Class AAA First Team (2014-15)
  • USA TODAY American Family Insurance All-USA West Virginia Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • USA TODAY American Family Insurance All-USA West Virginia First Team (2015)
  • The Herald-Dispatch All-Tri-State Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • Two-time The Herald-Dispatch All-Tri-State First Team (2014-15)
  • Helped team to a 22-3 record and an appearance in the semifinals of the 2015 state playoffs
  • Had 167 career tackles, including 99 solo stops, 46 TFLs, 27 sacks and 31 quarterback hurries
  • Made 97 tackles, including 53 solo tackles, in 2015 with 25 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and three forced fumbles
  • Made eight or more tackles in eight games; had at least one TFL in 11 games
  • Had 74 tackles with 25 tackles for loss and 16 sacks in 2014
  • Two-time All-Mountain State Athletic Conference First Team (2014-15)
  • Played in the Blue-Gray All-American Bowl (2015)
  • MVP of Football University Camp and Top Gun Camp (2014)
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-Atlantic Region Ranking
  • No. 1 player in West Virginia according to Rivals and Scout
  • No. 2 player in West Virginia according to ESPN
  • No. 3 player in West Virginia according to 247Sports
  • No. 6 defensive end in the East Region according to Scout
  • No. 69 defensive lineman national ranking according to Scout
  • Also offered by Cornell and Purdue

 

 

Kennedy McKoy, RB, 6-2, 195, Clemmons, N.C./North Davidson HSMcKoy nsd

  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2016
  • Three-year starter for Coach Mark Holcomb at North Davidson High
  • Three-time Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest Team (2013-15)
  • Davidson County Offensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • Helped team to a 33-7 record from 2013-15 and the state quarterfinals in 2015
  • Rushed for 1,871 yards and 24 touchdowns on 310 attempts in 2015
  • Also had 43 receptions for 683 yards and seven touchdowns
  • Ran for 2,061 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2014
  • Established school records for single-season rushing yards (2,061), career rushing yards (5,331 yards), single-season touchdowns (27) and career touchdowns
  • Three-time All-Davidson County First Team (2013-15)
  • Central Piedmont Class 4A Offensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • Three-time All-Central Piedmont Class 4A Team (2013-15)
  • Played in the 2015 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-Atlantic Region Ranking
  • No. 31 player in North Carolina according to Rivals
  • No. 10 running back in North Carolina and No. 42 running back regionally according to Scout
  • No. 21 player in North Carolina and No. 26 running back nationally according to 247Sports
  • No. 33 player in North Carolina and No. 57 running back nationally according to ESPN
  • Also offered by Boston College, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest

 

Jeffery Pooler, DL, 6-4, 290, Dayton, Ohio/Dunbar HSpooler nsd

  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2016
  • Played for Coach Darren Powell at Dunbar High
  • AP Division IV All-Ohio Honorable Mention (2015)
  • First Team Division III-IV All-Area Team (2015)
  • Southwest Ohio – American Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • Second Team All-Greater Catholic League (2014)
  • Scout Southwest Ohio Super 25 Team
  • As a senior, he finished with 82 tackles, including eight sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries
  • As a junior, he registered 67 tackles, including two sacks and two forced fumbles
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN and PrepStar
  • Two-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout
  • PrepStar All-Midwest Region Ranking
  • No. 77 player in Ohio according to 247sports
  • No. 67 player in Ohio and No. 96 defensive tackle nationally according to ESPN
  • Also offered by Louisville, Maryland and Tennessee

Cody Saunders, QB, 6-2, 205, Panama City Beach, Fla./Arnold HSSaunders nsd

  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2015
  • Three-year starter for Coach Josh Wright at Arnold High
  • Florida All-State Class 5A Honorable Mention (2015)
  • Finished high school career with 4,753 passing yards, completing 345-of-601 passes with 37 touchdowns
  • Also rushed for 2,230 yards on 345 carries with 24 touchdowns
  • Completed 165-of-259 passes for 2,005 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2015
  • Only quarterback in Florida with 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a season
  • Rushed for 1,003 yards on 165 carries with 13 touchdowns
  • Had one game with more than 300 yards passing, four games with more than 200 yards passing and six games with more than 100 yards rushing
  • Rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns in the season-opener against Florida State University HS
  • Went 20-of-25 for 301 passing yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for 182 yards and four touchdowns against Fort Walton Beach HS
  • Threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns on 18-of-28 passing against Milton HS
  • Starting quarterback in the 2015 FACA North/South Florida All-Star Game
  • FloridaHSFootball.com All-Panhandle Honorable Mention (2014)
  • PrepStar All-Southeast Region
  • Four-star recruit according to ESPN and PrepStar
  • Three-star recruit according to Scout and 247Sports
  • No. 16 quarterback nationally according to ESPN
  • No. 6 quarterback in Florida, No. 17 quarterback in the South Region and No. 54 quarterback nationally by Scout
  • Also offered by South Florida

Jake Long, CB, 6-0, 180, Columbus, Ohio/Hamilton TownshipLong nsd

  • Played one season for Coach Nathan Hillerich at Hamilton Township High
  • Helped team to an 8-3 record and a berth in the state playoffs
  • Made 28 tackles with 2.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 2015
  • Played in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Game
  • AP All-Ohio Division III First Team (2015)
  • AP All-Central Division III District Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • AP All-Central Division III District First Team (2015)
  • All-Mid-State League First Team (2015)
  • Previously played at Paul Blazer High (Ashland, Ky.)
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-Midwest Region Ranking
  • No. 46 player in Ohio and No. 65 cornerback nationally according to Rivals
  • No. 6 cornerback in Ohio and No. 18 cornerback regionally according to Scout
  • No. 74 player in Ohio according to 247Sports
  • No. 55 player in Ohio and No. 88 cornerback nationally according to ESPN
  • Also offered by Purdue and Virginia

Brendan Ferns, LB, 6-3, 220, St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. ClairsvilleFerns nsd

  • Played for Coach Brett McLean at St. Clairsville High
  • As a senior, led team to a 9-3 record, 4-1 conference mark and the second round of the state playoffs
  • Strong athlete who also excelled at running back
  • Senior stats showed 118 tackles, 10 TFLs, two sacks, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in leading the St. Clairsville defense
  • Offensive stats as a senior showed 1,066 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, averaging 6.9 yards per carry
  • Also recorded 27 receptions for 600 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 22.2 yards per catch
  • U.S. Army All-American Bowl (2016)
  • USA Today American Family Insurance All-USA Ohio First Team (2015)
  • Big 22 Player of the Year (2015)
  • AP All-Ohio Division IV Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • AP All-Ohio Division IV First Team (2015)
  • AP All-Ohio Division V First Team (2014)
  • AP All-Eastern Division IV District Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • AP All-Eastern Division IV District First Team (2015)
  • AP All-Eastern Division V District Defensive Player of the Year (2014)
  • AP All-Eastern Division V District First Team (2014)
  • Captain of the Times Leader All-District Defensive unit
  • Two-time All-Buckeye 8 Athletic League South All-Star First Team (2014-15)
  • Ranked No. 232 on the Rivals250
  • Ranked No. 145 on the ESPN300
  • Ranked No. 106 on the Scout300
  • Four-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and MaxPreps
  • 247Sports rates him as the No. 7 best linebacker prospect in the nation and No. 6 overall prospect in Ohio
  • Scout rates him at No. 7 best linebacker nationally, No. 12 best prospect in the region and No. 6 best recruit in Ohio
  • Rivals’ recruit of No. 11 overall in the state, No. 16 nationally at linebacker and a member of the Rivals 250 club
  • PrepStar Top 150
  • Helped team to a 11-2 overall record and a 5-0 conference mark as a junior
  • Received more than 31 collegiate scholarship offers, including Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford and Wisconsin

Elijah Battle, CB, 6-0, 185, Linden, N.J./Dodge City Community CollegeBattle NSD

  • Played two seasons for Coach Gary Thomas at Dodge City CC (Dodge City, Kan.)
  • Helped team to a 9-3 record in 2015 and an appearance in the Salt City Bowl
  • Played in all 12 games, finishing the 2015 season with 50 tackles, including 38 solo tackles
  • Also had 11 pass breakups, two tackles for loss, one interception and one fumble recovery
  • Made 44 tackles with 29 solo stops in 2014, adding eight pass breakups and one interception
  • 2015 All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Honorable Mention
  • Previously attended Barringer High (Newark, N.J.), where he finished the 2013 season with 72 tackles and eight sacks
  • Three-star recruit according to Scout and 247Sports
  • Also offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Houston, Minnesota and Nebraska

 

 

Trevon Wesco, TE, 6-5, 260, Gerrardstown, W.Va./Lackawanna Collegewesco nsd

  • Played two seasons for Coach Mark Duda at Lackawanna College
  • Missed the 2015 season due to injury
  • Finished the 2014 season with five receptions for 47 yards
  • An all-state football and basketball player at Musselman High
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • Two-star recruit according to Scout
  • PrepStar Junior College All-American
  • No. 46 junior college player according to Rivals
  • No. 3 junior college tight end nationally according to ESPN
  • No. 7 junior college tight end nationally according to 247Sports
  • Also offered by UCF

 

Adam Hensley, LB, 6-3, 220, Centerville, Ohio/CentervilleHensley nsd

  • Two-year starter for Coach Rodney Roberts at Centerville Senior High
  • Finished 2015 with 77 totals, including 32 solo stops, 1.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception
  • Made 10 or more tackles in three games, including a season-high 14 against Beavercreek
  • Registered 57 tackles with 29 solo tackles and three sacks in 2014
  • Two-time AP All-Ohio Division I Honorable Mention (2014-15)
  • Two-time AP All-Southwest Division I District First Team (2014-15)
  • Two-time All-Greater Western Ohio Conference Central Division First Team (2014-15)
  • TriStateFootball.com All-TSF Second Team (2015)
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-Midwest Region Ranking
  • No. 34 player in Ohio and No. 47 outside linebacker nationally according to Rivals
  • No. 3 inside linebacker in Ohio, No. 8 inside linebacker regionally and No. 41 inside linebacker nationally according to Scout
  • No. 60 player in Ohio and No. 55 inside linebacker nationally according to 247Sports
  • No. 49 player in Ohio and No. 41 inside linebacker nationally according to ESPN
  • Also offered by Connecticut, Illinois and Northwestern

 

Josh Sills, OL, 6-6, 315, Sarahsville, Ohio/MeadowbrookSills nsd

  • Two-year starter for Coach Jeff Twiddy at Meadowbrook High
  • Helped team to a 9-2 record in 2015 and a berth in the state playoffs
  • Paved the way for the offense to average 36.3 points per game, 222.3 passing yards per game, 160.9 rushing yards per game and 27 rushing touchdowns in 2015
  • Also handled kicking and punting duties, averaging 41.9 yards per punt
  • Connected on 2-of-2 field goal attempts with a long of 43 yards and had 18 touchbacks on kickoffs
  • Set the season extra point record with 27 and also the career mark with 69 made
  • AP All-Ohio Division IV First Team (2015)
  • AP All-Ohio Division IV Honorable Mention (2014)
  • Selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game (2016)
  • Two-time AP All-East Division IV District First Team (2014-15)
  • East Central Ohio League Gray Division Offensive Lineman of the Year (2015)
  • Two-time All-East Central Ohio League Gray Division First Team (2014-15)
  • East Central Ohio League Gray Division Defensive Lineman of the Year (2014)
  • Three-star according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-Midwest Region Ranking
  • No. 32 player in Ohio and No. 35 guard nationally according to Rivals
  • No. 4 guard in Ohio, No. 18 guard regionally and No. 72 guard nationally according to Scout
  • No. 54 player in Ohio and No. 59 guard nationally according to 247Sports
  • No. 34 player in Ohio, No. 69 guard nationally and No. 97 player regionally according to ESPN
  • Also offered by Cincinnati and Michigan

Jonn Young, K, 6-0, 200, Advance, N.C./Davieyoung nsd

  • Punter/kicker for Coach Holeman DeVore at Davie High
  • For his career, he hit 10-of-13 field goal attempts and 64-of-73 extra point attempts, scoring 94 points
  • Five-star rating by Kohl’s Kicking Academy as a kicker
  • 4.5-star rating by Kohl’s Kicking Academy as a punter
  • Five-star rating by Kornblue Kicking
  • Five-star rating by Chris Sailer Kicking Academy
  • Kornblue Kicking “Fab 50”
  • Chris Sailer’s “TOP 12″
  • Hit 5-of-5 field goal attempts and 33-of-37 extra point attempts as a junior
  • 2013 NC Nike Fall Camp Field Goal Champion
  • 2013 NC Nike Fall Camp Kickoff Champion
  • 2014 Vegas Spring Event Punt Finalist
  • 2014 Vegas Spring Event Field Goal Finalist
  • 2014 Underclassmen Event Field Goal Champion
  • 2014 FBU Ohio Punt Champion
  • 2014 FBU Ohio Camp MVP
  • 2015 Vegas XXVI Punt Finalist
  • 2016 Vegas XXVII Overall Punt Champion
  • Prepstar All-Atlantic Region Ranking
  • No. 1 kicker in North Carolina, No. 4 kicker in South Region and No. 7 kicker nationally according to Scout
  • No. 13 kicker nationally and No. 63 overall by 247Sports
  • No. 35 kicker nationally and No. 46 in North Carolina by ESPN.com
  • Three-star rating by ESPN, Scout, 247Sports and Prepstar
  • Two-star rating by Rivals

Martell Pettaway, RB, 5-9, 202, Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther KingPettaway nsd

  • Played his senior season for Coach Dale Harvell at Martin Luther King High in Detroit
  • Played in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Game
  • Led team to a 14-0 record and the state championship
  • Team captured a 40-38 championship victory over Lowell on a last second Hail Mary pass
  • Rushed for 1,629 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior
  • Career saw him average more than 150 yards rushing per game
  • Before transferring to MLK, played sophomore and junior seasons at St. Clair Shores South Lake High
  • Rushed for more than 1,300 yards as a junior with 15 touchdowns, averaging 8.6 yards per carry with a long run of 80 yards
  • As a sophomore, rushed for more than 1,400 yards with 14 scores and a long run of 96 yards
  • Three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports
  • Ranked No. 8 best prospect in the state, No. 30 in the region and No. 19 overall at his position by ESPN
  • 247Sports ranks him No. 26 overall at running back and No. 14 best prospect in Michigan
  • Rivals rank is No. 17 nationally at position and No. 12 overall best prospect in the state
  • No. 1 running back in Michigan, No. 11 running back in the Midwest Region and No. 46 running back nationally according to Scout
  • PrepStar All-Midwest Region Ranking
  • Also offered by Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota.

 

Marcus Simms, WR, 6-1, 175, Olney, Md./Sherwood HSSimms nsd

  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2016
  • Two-year starter and team captain for Coach Chris Grier at Sherwood High
  • Maryland Consensus All-State First Team (2015)
  • Maryland Big School All-State First Team (2015)
  • Maryland Big School All-State Honorable Mention (2014)
  • USA TODAY American Family Insurance All-USA Maryland Second Team (2015)
  • Helped team to a 10-2 record in 2015, falling in the state quarterfinals
  • Recorded 43 receptions for 1,020 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2015
  • Hauled in 36 receptions for 712 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014
  • The Washington Post All-Met First Team (2015)
  • Montgomery County Class 4A Player of the Year (2015)
  • All-Montgomery County First Team (2015)
  • Four-star recruit according to ESPN and PrepStar
  • Three-star recruit according to Rivals, Scout and 247sports
  • PrepStar All-Atlantic Region
  • No. 23 player in Maryland according to Rivals
  • No. 4 wide receiver in Maryland; No. 11 wide receiver regionally and No. 88 nationally according to Scout
  • No. 15 player in Maryland; No. 77 wide receiver nationally according to 247Sports
  • No. 12 player in Maryland; No. 45 player regionally; No. 77 wide receiver nationally according to ESPN
  • Also offered by Boston College, Maryland, Pitt, Rutgers and Wake Forest

Logan Thimons, LB, 6-2, 220, Sarver, Pa./Freeport Area Senior HSthimons nsd

  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2016
  • Three-year starter for Coach John Gaillot at Freeport Area Senior High
  • Pennsylvania Class 2A All-State First Team (2015)
  • Pennsylvania Football News Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year
  • Pennsylvania Football News Class 2A All-State First Team (2015)
  • USA TODAY American Family Insurance All-USA Pennsylvania First Team (2015)
  • Helped team to a 10-2 record in 2015 and the WPIAL quarterfinals
  • Had 401 career tackles, including 204 solo stops, 77 TFLs, 23 sacks and 13 forced fumbles
  • Set the single-season record for tackles (161), TFLs (33) and sacks (15.5) in 2015
  • Made 10 or more tackles in 10 games, including 24 tackles and five TFLs vs. West Shamokin (9/25)
  • Had 122 tackles with 24 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 2014
  • Registered 97 tackles with 20 tackles for loss and one sack in 2013
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 (2015)
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 (2015)
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Preseason Fabulous 22 (2015)
  • Three-time WPIAL All-Allegheny Conference First Team (2013-15)
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-East Region Ranking
  • No. 28 player in Pennsylvania according to Rivals
  • No. 1 inside linebacker in Pennsylvania, No. 4 inside linebacker regionally and No. 24 inside linebacker nationally according to Scout
  • No. 34 player in Pennsylvania according to 247Sports
  • No. 40 player in Pennsylvania according to ESPN

Jovanni Stewart, S, 5-10, 190, Katy, Texas/KatyStewart nsd

·         Three-year starter for Coach Gary Joseph at Katy High

·         Helped lead Katy to a 16-0 record and eighth straight 6A DII state title

·         Team was ranked No. 1 in the nation by MaxPreps and USA Today computer rankings

·         Part of a defense that allowed 3.9 points per game for the season

·         As a senior, he finished with 101 tackles, 10 sacks, eight forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks, 10 pass breakups and scored five touchdowns

·         Two-time All-District 19-6A selection

·         Two-star rating by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports

·         Also offered by Air Force, Army, Navy, UTSA and UTEP

 

Dylan Tonkery, S, 6-0, 195, Bridgeport, W.Va./Bridgeport HSTonkery nsd

  • Enrolled at West Virginia in January 2016
  • Three-year starter for Coach Josh Nicewarmer at Bridgeport High
  • Two-time West Virginia All-State Class AA First Team (2014-15)
  • USA TODAY American Family Insurance All-USA West Virginia First Team (2015)
  • Helped team to three state championships and a 39-2-1 record
  • Started three years at safety and recorded 72 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and two interceptions
  • Had 34 tackles with five tackles for loss and three forced fumbles in 2015
  • Started at running back for two seasons, recording 3,401 yards on 378 carries with 40 touchdowns
  • Ran for 1,534 yards on 152 carries, averaging 10.1 yards per carry, with 19 touchdowns in 2015
  • Ran for 200 or more yards in two games and 100 or more yards in eight games
  • Two-time All-Harrison County First Team (2014-15)
  • All-Harrison County Second Team (2013)
  • All-Big Ten First Team (2015)
  • All-Big Ten Second Team (2014)
  • Three-star recruit according to Scout
  • Two-star rating by PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-Atlantic Region Ranking
  • No. 2 player in West Virginia according to Rivals
  • No. 4 player in West Virginia according to 247Sports and ESPN
  • No. 1 safety in West Virginia, No. 8 safety in the East Region and No. 46 safety nationally according to Scout
  • Brother of former Mountaineer defensive standout, Wes Tonkery (2011-14)

Zach Sandwisch, LB, 6-2, 210, Woodville, Ohio/Central Catholicsandwisch nsd

  • Two-year starter for Coach Greg Dempsey at Central Catholic High
  • Helped team to a 12-3 record in 2015 and a trip to the state championship
  • USA TODAY American Family Insurance All-USA Ohio Second Team (2015)
  • AP All-Ohio Division III Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • AP All-Ohio Division III First Team (2015)
  • AP All-Northwest District Division III Defensive Player of the Year (2015)
  • AP All-Northwest District Division III First Team (2015)
  • All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference First Team (2015)
  • All-Three Rivers Athletic Conference Honorable Mention (2014)
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-Midwest Region Ranking
  • No. 28 player in Ohio and No. 25 inside linebacker nationally according to Rivals
  • No. 2 inside linebacker in Ohio, No. 6 inside linebacker regionally and No. 29 inside linebacker nationally according to Scout
  • No. 30 player in Ohio and No. 48 inside linebacker nationally according to 247Sports
  • No. 54 player in Ohio and No. 79 inside linebacker nationally according to ESPN
  • Also offered by Illinois, Indiana and Iowa

Steven Smothers, WR, 5-11, 150, Reisterstown, Md./Franklinsmothers nsd

  • Played for Coach Anthony Burgos at Franklin High
  • Two-time Maryland Consensus All-State First Team (2014-15)
  • Two-time Maryland Big School All-State First Team (2014-15)
  • Selected for Under Armour All-Star Game
  • Three-time All-Baltimore Metro First Team
  • Helped team to a 10-2 record as a senior and advance to the regional finals of the state playoffs
  • Triple threat as a receiver, returner and rusher
  • Finished career with more than 2,700 yards receiving, 44 touchdowns receiving, 65 total touchdowns and 20.3 yards per catch
  • Registered 1,164 all-purpose yards as a senior
  • Also rushed for 192 yards and three scores in final season
  • Senior season totaled 556 yards receiving, 15 touchdowns receiving, averaged 17.4 yards per catch and had 19 total touchdowns
  • MaxPreps named him the Franklin Player of the Year
  • Prior to senior season, had three-year statistical totals of 2,190 yards and 46 touchdowns
  • Junior season totals showed 696 yards receiving, 143 rushing, 437 returns yards and 22 total touchdowns
  • Four-year career all-purpose totals stand at 987 yards as a freshman, 1,816 as a sophomore, 1,440 as a junior and 1,164 yards in his final season
  • For his career, averaged 23.1 yards on punt returns and 21.5 yards on kickoff returns
  • Four-star recruit by Rivals and member of its 250 group
  • Scout ranks him as the No. 27 best wide receiver prospect nationally, No. 3 receiver in the East and No. 1 receiver in state of Maryland
  • MaxPreps ranks him as No. 30 best recruit in Maryland
  • PrepStar All-American
  • Also excelled in track
  • Also offered by Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee.

Sean Mahone, CB, 5-10, 200, Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota WestMahone nsd

  • Two-year starter for Coach Larry Cox at Lakota West High
  • Made 43 tackles with two interceptions and two pass breakups in 2015
  • Finished the 2014 season with 51 tackles and three interceptions
  • Played in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Game
  • AP All-Ohio Division I Honorable Mention (2015)
  • AP All-Southwest Division I District First Team (2015)
  • AP All-Southwest Division I District Honorable Mention (2014)
  • Two-time All-Greater Miami Conference First Team (2014-15)
  • All-Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association Division I First Team (2015)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer Division I Fall All-Star (2015)
  • Cincinnati Enquirer Division I Fall All-Star Honorable Mention (2014)
  • Journal-News All-Area First Team (2015)
  • Journal-News All-Area Second Team (2015)
  • TriStateFootball.com All-TSF Second Team (2015)
  • Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar
  • PrepStar All-Midwest Region Ranking
  • No. 39 player in Ohio and No. 61 cornerback nationally according to Rivals
  • No. 3 cornerback in Ohio, No. 7 cornerback regionally and No. 61 cornerback nationally according to Scout
  • No. 43 player in Ohio and No. 91 cornerback nationally according to 247Sports
  • No. 66 player in Ohio according to ESPN
  • Also offered by Cincinnati, Kentucky, Marshall, Northwestern, Purdue and Virginia

Toyous Avery, S, 5-11, 194, Covington, Ga./Coffeyville CCAvery nsd

  • Played one year for Coach Aaron Flores at Coffeyville CC (Coffeyville, Kan.)
  • Redshirted first year at Coffeyville
  • Helped team to an 8-3 record in 2015 and No. 14 national ranking
  • Played in 11 games and finished with 69 tackles, including 39 solo stops, 5.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, five pass breakups and a team-high five interceptions
  • Named All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Second Team
  • No. 6 in the Jayhawk CC Conference in interceptions and fumble recoveries
  • Season-high 10 tackles at Highland CC and Dodge City CC
  • Had season highs of two interceptions at Iowa Western CC and two tackles for loss at Highland CC
  • Played for Coach Terrance Banks at Newton High in Covington, Ga.
  • Finished with 34 tackles, including 21 solo stops, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery and a pass breakup as a senior
  • No. 12-rated safety nationally according to 247Sports, No. 45 in Georgia
  • Three-star recruit according to 247Sports
  • Two-star recruit according to Rivals and Scout
  • Also offered by Colorado, Colorado State, Missouri and Kansas

Chase Behrndt, OL, 6-4, 295, Wildwood, Mo./LafayetteChaseBGS

·         Pronounced Parent with a B

·         Played for Coach Boyd Mannes at Lafayette High

·         Played guard, tackle, defensive tackle and long snapper

·         Two-time All-State Class 6A First-Team by Missouri Media

·         Two-time All-State Class 6A First-Team by Missouri Football Coaches’ Association

·         An All-State Honorable-Mention selection as a sophomore

·         As a senior, helped lead Lafayette to a 7-4 record and the third round of the state playoffs

·         As a junior, helped lead Lafayette to a 6-6 record and the third round of the state playoffs

·         Ranked No. 45 offensive guard nationally, No. 2 offensive guard in Missouri by Scout

·         Ranked No. 55 offensive guard nationally, No. 11 overall in Missouri by 247Sports

·         Ranked No. 58 offensive guard nationally, No. 10 overall in Missouri and No. 163 regionally by ESPN.com

·         Three-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and PrepStar

·         PrepStar All-Midwest Region Ranking

·         Two-time All-American heavyweight wrestler, including advancing to the state championship round as a junior

·         Also offered by Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Pitt, San Diego State and Syracuse

 

Mike Daniels, CB, 5-11, 205, Miami, Fla./Globe Tech CCDaniels nsd

·         Played cornerback for Coach Cameron Chadwick at Globe Tech CC (NY)

·         Named NJCAA All-American Second Team

·         Helped lead Globe Tech to an 8-3 record as a sophomore, a No. 19 final regular season ranking and an appearance in the Graphic Edge Bowl in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

·         Played in 11 games as a sophomore, finishing with seven interceptions, returning them for 162 yards and two touchdowns

·         Had 37 tackles, including 21 solo stops and one blocked kick

·         Finished with a season-high 11 tackles against Lackawanna and Navy Prep

·         Had two interceptions at Dean College, returning one for a touchdown

·         Had two interceptions against ASA College, returning one for a touchdown

·         Was a wide receiver as a freshman, playing in four games and finishing with eight catches for 156 yards, averaging 19.5 yards per catch and a touchdown

·         Played for Coach Nate Hudson at South Dade High in Miami

·         Three-star rating by Rivals

·         Also offered by Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Purdue

 

Justin Crawford, RB, 6-1, 190, Columbus, Ga./Northwest Mississippi CCJustinBGS

  • Played for Coach Jack Wright at Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Led Northwest to its first junior college national championship since 1992
  • 2015 Spalding NJCAA Offensive Player of the Year
  • Two-time NJCAA All-American, all-region and All-MACJC First-Team selection
  • Two-year career totals at Northwest CC show 3,161 yards rushing, an average of 6.7 yards per rush and 30 touchdowns
  • Had 41 receptions for 700 yards and six scores
  • Averaged more than 20 carries per game for his career and is the school’s all-time leading rusher
  • Averaged more than 220 all-purpose yards per game in two-year career
  • As a sophomore, rushed for 1,610 yards, averaging 6.5 yards per carry and 16 touchdowns, to go along with 29 receptions for 394 yards and six TD’s
  • Rushed for a school record 338 yards and four touchdowns against Coahoma
  • Totaled more than 200 yards rushing in three other games
  • MACJC Player of the Week on multiple occasions
  • As a freshman, totaled 1,551 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns
  • His 1,551 yards led the state of Mississippi and was fourth overall in JC
  • Finished with 12 receptions for 306 yards
  • Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN
  • 247Sports ranks him as the No. 34 best prospect in junior college, No. 3 running back and No. 6 JC prospect in Mississippi
  • Member of the Rivals Top 100 as their No. 34 top junior college prospect
  • Participated in the 2014 Nike Football Training Camp
  • Played his junior and senior seasons of high school football for Coach Jeff Battles at Hardaway High in Columbus, Ga.
  • Took snaps as a quarterback, running back, receiver, safety and was the team’s starting punter during his career at Hardaway
  • Team’s offensive player of the year as a senior, having 825 yards rushing, averaging 8.6 yards per carry and seven touchdowns
  • Participated in track and was the Georgia High School State 5A long jump champion (22’ 19”)
  • Basketball standout at Hardaway, averaging more than 12.0 points per game as a senior
  • Scout ranked him as the nation’s No. 42 best running back coming out of high school
  • Played freshman and sophomore seasons at Gainesville High in Florida
  • Also offered by Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville, Missouri, Tennessee, Texas A&M, South Carolina and Florida.

 

Kyzir White, Safety, 6-2, 208, Macungie, PA./Lackawanna CCWhite nsd

  • Played for Coach Mark Duda at Lackawanna CC
  • Had 34 total tackles in 10 games as a freshman
  • Four star recruit according to ESPN and Scout
  • Rated the #1 Junior College safety in the country
  • Younger brother of former Mountaineer Kevin White and current Mountaineer Ka’Raun White
  • Also had offers from Penn State, USC, Pitt, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Louisville
  • Named first team all conference in Northeast Football Conference

 

 

 

 

Craig Smith, OL, 6-6, 310, Palm Royal, Fla./Tyler Junior CollegeCraigBGS

·         Played for Coach Danny Palmer at Tyler JC (Tyler, Texas)

·         Named NJCAA All-American First Team

·         Helped lead Tyler to a 7-3 record, the semifinals of the conference tournament and a final ranking of No. 16

·         Member of the offensive line that blocked for Tyler to average 47.8 points per game, No. 5 nationally and 534.5 yards per game, No. 3

·         Selected All-Southwest Junior College Football All-Conference First Team

·         Earned All-Region XIV honors as a sophomore

·         Played for Coach Rob Baumgarn at Ridgewater College (Minn.) as a freshman

·         All-Minnesota College Athletic Conference All-Division First Team

·         Played for Coach Willie Bueno at Royal Palm Beach High

·         Earned all-county second-team honors as a senior

·         Played in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game

·         Selected to play in the Palm Beach County Treasure Coast All-Star Game

·         ESPN’s top recruits West Palm Beach

·         Played in Palm Beach All-Stars vs. Atlanta All-Starts

·         No. 14 rated offensive tackle by 247Sports

·         Three-star rating by 247Sports

·         Two-star rating by Rivals

·         Also offered by Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, UAB, UCF and USF

 

Bios courtesy WVU Athletic Communication and BGS.

 

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