As the 2021 WVU season quickly nears its end, it’s time we look ahead to the near future. The 2022 season will be essential for head coach Neal Brown as he looks to get production from his recruits. WVU’s recruiting class of 2022 is currently 32nd in the nation and fifth in the Big 12. At one point, WVU’s recruiting class of 2022 was a top-25 class in the nation but fell a little bit after a couple of de-commits.
With the 2022 season coming soon, Mountaineer fans should get familiar with the recruits that are currently committed. A number of these future Mountaineers have put up big numbers and shown flashes of greatness in their senior seasons of high school, so let’s focus in on some of them.
The first athlete to cover is quarterback Nicco Marchiol. According to 247sports, Marchiol is a four-star, pro-style quarterback from Hamilton High School in Arizona. Marchiol has excited Mountaineers fans for more than a year now, and many believe he will be competing for the starting job at WVU next season.
In the 2021 season, Marchiol has accounted for an impressive 2,441 yards with a completion percentage of 69.2%. He has also had an almost perfect touchdown to interception ratio, with 35 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
The Marchiol-led Hamilton Huskies reached an 11-0 record in their 6A division, with a signature win over Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier in the year. In this game, Hamilton trailed Bishop Gorman 24-7 with 1:09 to play, but with two recovered onsides kicks and the heroics of Marchiol down the stretch, Hamilton prevailed. The Huskies are still alive in the playoffs, as they reached the state semi-finals with a victory on Saturday, with Marchiol throwing a touchdown and running for two more.
To go along with Marchiol, Neal Brown is bringing in a big name at the receiver position. Jarel Williams is a six-foot-three wide receiver from Saraland, Alabama who has a great track record.
In his high school career, Williams caught 133 passes for 2,088 yards and 29 touchdowns. Williams also has additional touchdowns and yardage on kickoff and punt returns. In his senior season alone, Williams has caught 60 balls for 883 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Williams committed to WVU in April and has visited the campus multiple times, once with Nicco Marchiol. Williams had offers from Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Central Florida, and others
Another weapon that will be added to WVU’s offense, is tight end Corbin Page. Page is a six-foot-five, 250-pounder from Spring Valley, West Virginia.
Page is a three-star talent at the position, as he adds to the list of D1 products from Spring Valley High School. Page will join Wyatt Milum, Doug Nester, Graeson Malashevich, Bryce Biggs, and Owen Chafin as former Timberwolves to join the WVU program.
Page held offers from Virginia Tech, Oregon, Louisville, and Cincinnati.
Another four-star recruit in this class is cornerback Jacolby Spells. Spells, is a six-foot cornerback from the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area. Spells committed to WVU back in July, choosing the Mountaineers over Arkansas, Arizona State, Indiana, and Miami.
Spells wasn’t always a lockdown cornerback, as he was a wide receiver before making the transition in 2020. Spells’s strength is his speed, as his track background transitioned smoothly into football. Because of the elite foot speed, Spells can stay with most of his targets and recover quickly if he is behind a step.
Staying on the defensive side of the ball, Neal Brown got another big commitment from linebacker Travious Lathan. Lathan is a four-star recruit coming from Miami, Florida. Lathan is six-foot-one and 205 pounds.
In Lathan’s senior season, he recorded 50 total tackles, with six of those being for a loss. He also racked up two sacks in his 10-game season and managed to intercept two passes as well.
Lathan committed to West Virginia back in August and held offers from Pitt, LSU, Florida, Miami, Michigan, and Penn State.
Neal Brown also made sure to add depth to the secondary, as he got two three-stars to commit. The first of those three-star talents is Mumu Bin-Wahad.
Bin-Wahad is a six-foot secondary presence that can play both the safety and cornerback positions. Bin-Wahad is from Loganville, Georgia and held offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Clemson, and many others.
Bin-Wahad has racked up 40 total tackles in his senior season along with three interceptions and six pass deflections.
The other three-star defensive back coming to West Virginia is Tyrin Woodby. Woodby is six-foot-one and played the cornerback position in high school.
Woodby held offers from Pitt, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Ole Miss.
On Thursday, Neal Brown got another piece for the defense, this time from a more experienced athlete. Former Syracuse Orange Lee Kpogba committed to WVU on Thursday, making it his second time doing so. Kpogba originally committed to WVU out of high school back in 2017, but later decommitted and ended up at Syracuse.
Kpogba, a six-foot-one, 225-pound presence racked up 42 total tackles and a sack for Syracuse in 2020. After the 2020 season, Kpogba transferred to East Mississippi Community at the JUCO level. In 2021, Kpogba had 84 total tackles, along with two sacks, a fumble recovery, and an interception.
Neal Brown and offensive line coach Matt Moore have brought in multiple three-star recruits to attempt to build on the existing offensive line. At times the offensive line has looked shaky, but the Mountaineers have seen improvement over the course of the season.
The first of these three-star commits on the offensive line is Sullivan Weidman. Weidman is an imposing six-foot-six and 300 pounds. Weidman plays the tackle position, which the Mountaineers have been thin on before. Weidman is from Brookline, Massachusetts and held offers from Pitt, Michigan, Michigan State, and others.
The next piece of the class of 2022 up front is Landen Livingston. Livingston is a six-foot-four, 280-pound presence from Leo, Indiana. Like Wiedman, Livingston played the tackle position in high school. Livingston held offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Arizona State, and Michigan State.
Another bright piece on the line is another three-star talent in Maurice Hamilton. Hamilton is from Cleveland, Ohio, and stands at six-foot-four, 345 pounds. Hamilton plays on the interior, so you will probably see him at the guard position. Hamilton committed to the program in early June, and chose West Virginia over schools like Iowa State, Purdue, and Kent State.
Rounding out the offensive line, is Charlie Katarincic. Katarincic is another three-star that will most likely play on the interior. Katarincic is six-foot-five, 280 pounds and comes from Wallingford, Connecticut.
Neal Brown has done a lot over the past couple of weeks to get more talent on the team for next season. The first bit of that talent is on the offensive end.
Former Clemson running back Lyn-J Dixon committed to West Virginia on Thanksgiving Day. Dixon has been with the Tigers since 2018, so he will be a graduate transfer coming in with one year of eligibility for WVU.
Over Dixon’s career with Clemson, he rushed for 1,420 yards and 13 touchdowns. Dixon saw the field a good amount in the early part of his college career, as he ran for 547 yards and 5 touchdowns in his freshman season and 635 yards with 6 touchdowns in his sophomore season. His production decreased by his junior year, as Clemson had plenty of talent at the running back position. Dixon will have one year for the Mountaineers.