WVU again doing well in Florida

West Virginia has actively recruited the state of Florida for a long time now and this year has been no different. It's resulted in a lot of success. Scout's Mike Bakas takes a closer look.

West Virginia is one of the most active schools in America in terms of recruiting the state of Florida. They're at it again this season, and they're still involved with many of the state's top prospects.

The Mountaineers currently have three commitments from players inside the state of Florida -- OLB Isaac McDonald, WR Jacky Marcellus, and S Malik Greaves.

At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, McDonald was a very early commitment. A pass rushing specialist at Champagnat Catholic High in Miami, McDonald has good length and athleticism for his size and he made a lot of plays on the field. He's rangy enough to even have played some safety at the prep level. He projects as an outside 'backer in the 3-4, and the biggest thing with him will be how much weight and strength he's able to add once he gets to college. The athletic ability and the football skills are already there.

Marcellus (5-9/170) was one of the best players on a very good Immokalee team in recent years. He may have been their best all-around player as a junior but then suffered an injury as a senior. He started rehab earlier this month. Marcellus played mostly running back in high school but projects as a slot receiver in the spread offense. He lacks ideal size and speed but he flat out makes plays and gets open.

Greaves (6-1/205) is a very good strong safety prospect from Sandalwood High in Jacksonville. He's very physical near the line of scrimmage, and made a lot of plays up in the box. He has the necessary athletic ability to play free but because of his size and physical style of play, most project him at strong. Already enrolled in school, Greaves was one of the top defensive backs in Jacksonville this year and chose WVU over a lot of other schools.

West Virginia isn't done yet, either. They're hosting a couple more very good players from Florida this weekend for visits. One is a teammate of Marcellus, Mackenroe Alexander. At 6-feet and 195 pounds, Alexander played a lot of linebacker in high school but projects as a safety in college. He visited Mississippi State last weekend but has a lot of interest in the Mountaineers.

Another visitor this weekend is Gulliver Prep standout Stacy Thomas. At 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, Thomas was a pass rushing specialist in high school and projects as an outside linebacker in the 3-4. He's a skilled pass rusher who is stronger and more physical right now than McDonald. He's probably more college-ready right now but lacks the length and athleticism of McDonald so his upside might not be quite as strong. Either way, if they're able to land him WVU would have a nice pair of outside 'backers from the Miami area.

A few other Florida players took visits to Morgantown earlier in the recruiting process and could remain in the mix but the kids mentioned above are the ones WVU fans should be most excited about from the Sunshine State.

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