Neal Brown and his staff have made it clear this offseason that they don’t want to overlook the children of former Mountaineers when recruiting for the future.
Just this offseason alone, WVU has extended offers to five children of former WVU players, three of whom have verbally committed.
Braham, a three-star tight end, hails from University High School in Morgantown and is the son of former WVU offensive lineman Rich Braham. The elder Braham earned All-American honors for WVU after originally being brought on as a walk-on. Braham was part of the school’s second undefeated season in 1993 and played for the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL from 1994-2006.
“Being able to be offered by WVU is really special to me because my dad played there and it’s where I’ve always wanted to go,” the younger Braham said.
Corey McIntyre Jr.
McIntyre Jr. is a three-star defensive lineman from Port Saint Lucie, Florida. McIntyre Jr. is the son of Corey McIntyre Sr., who played linebacker and special teams for the Mountaineers from 1998-2000 under Don Nehlen. McIntyre Sr. made the NFL as a fullback and special team’s player, spending time in the league from 2005-2012.
“It means a lot to follow in my dad’s footsteps, but at the same time, I’m going to carry on my own legacy at WVU as well,” McIntyre Jr. said.
Tory Johnson Jr.
Johnson Jr. is a three-star wide receiver that stands at 6-foot-4, and 210 pounds. Johnson Jr. is the son of former Mountaineer tight end Tory Johnson Sr., who played four seasons for WVU from 2000-2003, playing for both Don Nehlen and Rich Rodriguez.
Johnson Jr. held offers from Pitt, Maryland, Virginia, and East Carolina.
Chris Henry Jr.
Henry Jr. is the son of the late Chris Henry, who was a standout for WVU at the wide receiver position from 2003-2004. Henry racked up 1,880 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns in just two seasons for the Mountaineers before being drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
In five seasons for the Bengals, Henry caught 119 passes for 1,826 yards and 21 touchdowns before passing away in 2009.
Chris Henry has three children, one of whom is Chris Henry Jr., who is just now entering high school. Henry Jr. already holds offers from Penn State, Miami, and Ohio State, to go along with his recent offer from WVU.
Henry Jr. will be a large target for Neal Brown’s staff as the young wide receiver goes through high school in Cincinnati.
On Tuesday, WVU extended an offer to 2024 running back Andre Devine, son of Mountaineer legend Noel Devine.
Noel Devine, a member of the of the 2008 WVU Fiesta Bowl team and the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, racked up 4,315 yards with 29 rushing touchdowns under coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart.
Andre Devine will be entering his junior year at North Fort Myers High School in Florida.
Stills, a veteran defensive lineman and team leader, has been around WVU his whole life. His father, Gary Stills, played for WVU as a defensive lineman from 1996-1998. After college, Stills played in the NFL from 1999-2008, mainly succeeding for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Dante and his brother Darius both followed in their father’s footsteps, as they have both been leaders on WVU’s defense over the last three seasons. Dante will likely follow in Gary’s footsteps as an NFL talent once the 2022 season ends.
Jalen Thornton plays on the defensive line like his father “Thunder” John Thornton. John Thornton played for WVU from 1995-1998 and was a staple for the dominant Mountaineer defense in 1996 that featured Thornton, Stills, and Canute Curtis on the defensive line.
John Thornton racked up 162 tackles for the Mountaineers in his four years, which easily put his name in the WVU Sports Hall of Fame. Thornton played in the NFL from 1999-2008 for the Tennessee Titans and Cincinnati Bengals.
Jalen Thornton will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall, after recording eight total tackles in 2022.
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