Recruiting Q&A

It's time once again for the staff to answer your questions surrounding WVU athletics. In this latest edition we examine the current Mountaineer football recruiting class and take a sneak peak at some 2015 gridrion prospects.

About how many football recruits will be in this class?

The exact number of recruits per class can often change. During the course of the year any number of scholarships can become available because of players coming in and out of the program. The view from here suggests a recruiting class between 18-20 would be a solid estimate.

How is West Virginia doing with Dravon Henry and Montae Nicholson?

Though I've felt in the minority at times, I've always believed WVU should be excited about its positioning with both prospects.

Dravon Henry previously released a top four of West Virginia, Penn State, Pitt and Ohio State. A few days ago, FOXSportsNEXT East recruiting analyst Brian Dohn broke the news to subscribers that Henry hasn't had contact with Pitt since June, leading to the conclusion that the Panthers have backed off the talented defender. The biggest benefit for West Virginia is Henry's upcoming visit to the Mountaineer campus, which is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 24.

Nicholson, a 6-foot-3, 200 pound safety trimmed his list of over 30 scholarships offers to 12 schools in mid-July.

"I have cut my list to 12 schools, and I want them listed alphabetically," Nicholson told Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene. "They are Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Temple, Virginia Tech and West Virginia."

Nicholson has not set a date to visit West Virginia, which could wind up being crucial in his recruitment. From speaking with those close to Nicholson it's believed he likely won't go far from home, which could work in West Virginia's favor.

Does the pledge of Davante Averette have anything to do with our continued recruitment of Tegray Scales or JaKevin Jackson?

The simple answer here is no, nothing should be affected. The West Virginia staff is going to take more than one linebacker, so continued recruitment of others, despite a recent commitment, shouldn't affect that plan.

The biggest question surrounding Scales and Jackson is how successful WVU will be in landing the talented defenders. Scales, who visited the Mountaineers in July, spoke highly about his trip and has stated they'll be in the running for his services until the end. However, there's stiff competition, with schools such as Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Indiana.

Jackson, to the contrary, boldly proclaims the Mountaineers as his leader. The biggest question mark with his recruitment is that he has changed visit dates more than once. That doesn't necessarily mean there's a problem, of course, but it does make observers want to see him finally get to campus.

Any way too early prospects for next year to keep an eye on?

The 2015 class is loaded with talent and West Virginia is off to a great start for 2015, gaining early pledges from wide receiver Jovon Durante and tight end Stone Wolfley.

Trying to identify which recruit, especially over a year in advance, will have an interest in a certain school could be problematic. However, there are a couple names West Virginia is aggressively pursuing.

Our Lady Good Counsel (Md.) athlete Drew Ashley is hot on the Mountaineers' radar. After a visit in June, Ashley has found himself square in WVU's sights. An athletic, versatile player, Ashley could play cornerback, running back or slot receiver.

Wide receivers Trevion Armstrong (Chesterfield, Va.) and Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek, Fla.) are both names to watch -- with Ridley already holding an offer. Armstrong recently named West Virginia his leader over Virginia Tech, and Ridley confirms the Mountaineers will be a major player in his recruitment.

A few other high-profile prospects with Mountaineer interest are linebacker Ricky DeBerry (Richmond, Va.), offensive lineman Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and running back L.J. Scott (Hubbard, Oh.).

Do you think the rest of this class will be on the defensive side of the ball?

Absolutely not. As of now, the Mountaineers have thirteen commitments with an expectation of signing somewhere in the range of 18-20. There are still a handful of offensive targets West Virginia will undoubtedly take in this class. Hillside High (N.C.) teammates Trevion Thompson and Donte Thomas-Williams, a wide receiver and running back respectively, are must takes if they choose West Virginia. Both have the Mountaineers in their final group. Others of note are wide receivers Braxton Berrios and Juwan Winfree, running back Demario Richard and offensive lineman Marcus Applefield.

Who are the coaching staff's top three targets left and where do we stand with them?

Identifying the top remaining targets is tough, because each individual recruit brings something different to the table.

As previously mentioned, teammates Trevion Thompson and Donte Thomas-Williams have been made a priority by this coaching staff. The same could be said for both Dravon Henry and Montae Nicholson.

That said, every recruit is important, given the total scholarship limit of 85.

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