The West Virginia football team has started using the transfer method to land key pieces for its future and this past weekend was the one of the most fruitful Dana Holgorsen has had when they landed former Miami tight end Jovani Haskins and former Alabama wide receiver TJ Simmons.
Haskins should be a very familiar name to WVU fans after the Mountaineers relentless pursuit of the talented New Jersey TE as part of their 2016 class. Haskins eventually chose Miami over WVU but after a redshirt season at Miami, Haskins choose to transfer.
At 6-foot-4 245 pounds, Haskins seems to have the size to not only be limited to just a tight end in the Mountaineers offense, but his skill set actually will allow Coach Holgorsen to use him as a mismatch in the slot or coming out of the backfield.
— Jovani Lee Haskins (@leehaskins_) June 24, 2017
The name that fans might not be familiar with is Simmons from Alabama. Simmons was limited at Alabama to just a special teams role in his only season on campus but appeared to be in line for a much bigger role this season before announcing that he would transfer.
During his senior season in high school, Simmons recorded 47 catches for 1,228 yards and 20 touchdowns which led to him being rated as a top 50 receiver in the 2016 class. His skill set translates to much what the WVU coaching staff likes in their receivers, with precision route running, speed off the line of scrimmage and ability to turn any catch into a touchdown.
— Tj Simmons (@a_scouts_dream) June 25, 2017
If you missed it, WVU also picked up two other commitments recently in linebacker Josh Chandler and receiver Bryce Wheaton. Our Brandon Lowe spoke with Chandler, who said,“It was huge, it was my biggest offer, that’s why I committed. Also, you look at top 15 team every year and top two or three in the conference, it was just a blessing.” You can read and listen to that interview right here.
Chandler is a 6-1, 200-pound linebacker while Wheaton is 6-3, 200 pounds and has ties to the Mountaineer program as he is former standout Garrett Ford Sr.’s grandson. Neither were ranked by Rivals.com yet.
Holgorsen now has eight commitments for the 2018 class, including two tight ends, three defensive linemen and a running back in addition to Chandler and Wheaton.