It's time once again for another edition of BlueGoldNews.com recruiting mailbag. In this installment we'll break down new prospects on the watch list, possible five-stars included in this class, and identify some running back targets.
Q: Has anyone new popped up in the picture?
A: During the course of a recruiting cycle prospects' names come and go. It's believed that if you're not keeping a fresh list of possible recruits you're not doing your due diligence on the recruiting circuit.
Just a couple weeks back West Virginia offered three different junior college prospects. They were defensive ends Edmond Boateng (New Mexico Military) and Will Coleman (Tyler C.C.),and defensive back Marcus Caffey (Iowa Western C.C.). While the communication has been limited so far, the Mountaineers are expected to push for visits during the season.
A few other name to eyeball as we go along is Walter Brantley (DT-Hampton, Va.), Stanley Dye (WR-Orange Park, FL) and Jyier Turner (Aliquippa, Pa.).
Q: Does West Virginia have any shot at Ricky Walker or Daniel Cage?
A: West Virginia was extremely late in offering Walker. And though I felt that might hurt their chances to a certain degree, Walker insists that isn't the case. Early on he had a top five of Penn State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina and Pittsburgh. However, he's since backed off those schools saying everyone is even at the moment.
As is the case in most recruitments -- getting Walker to visit will be key. He's told me the Mountaineers will get a visit but the dates have yet to be set.
In his most recent interview with Scout.com, Cage acknowledges his two main schools are Louisville and Michigan State. And while West Virginia hasn't given up, it can't be considered a leader at the moment.
Q: What 2015 prospects is WVU targeting the most?
A: West Virginia has done a nice job of jumping into the mix early for many 2015 prospects. It's difficult to gauge the activity with each individual recruit, but the Mountaineers are definitely staying in contact with several prospects.
A few names to watch on this list include E.J. Donahue (OL-Frederick, Md.), Nas Bonner (RB-Philadelphia, Pa.), Trevion Armstrong (WR-Ettrick, Va.), Drew Ashley (CB-Olney, Md.) and Calvin Brewton (DB-Miami, FL).
Q: Is Quinton Flowers a realistic option as a second quarterback recruit in this class?
A: Flowers recently named a top five of South Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Marshall and West Virginia. Those schools made his top group over the likes of Alabama, Clemson and TCU because they have offered him as a quarterback, a position he's steadfast in playing.
So the biggest question that remains is, would West Virginia indeed take him? The view from here is it's not likely. I've always stated I believed the Mountaineers were open to taking a second quarterback in a class, however, it would have to be the right fit.
To make that prediction change, Flowers would have to showcase his passing ability this season. Thus far, most of his damage has been done on the ground. That needs to change for WVU to get seriously involved.
Q: Who is the most likely running back commit in this class?
A: At this point West Virginia remains focused on two individual running backs -- Donte Thomas-Williams and Demario Richard.
The Mountaineers appear to be in great shape with Thomas-Williams, and that's music to the ears of West Virginia coaches. He's listed as a four-star running back and the 26th best at his position.
"I'd say they are at the top," Thomas-Williams told BlueGoldNews.com when asked where West Virginia stood in his recruitment.
Richard, on the other hand, also remains high on the Mountaineers. The biggest concern is making a way to reel in a California recruit who has multiple ties to the west coast. However, he insists WVU will stay in the running for his services because of his relationship with JaJuan Seider.
"Coach Seider is a great coach and is honest with me," he said. "I feel like he'd be great to play for."
Q: Is William Crest mainly a passing quarterback? Is WVU recruiting dual-threat QBs?
Yes. The primary aspect to his skill set is his passing ability. Crest has a strong arm and has consistently worked on his mechanics to improve.
That doesn't mean, however, that he's solely a pocket passer. He has the escape capability to elude the pocket, and enough presence about him to manage the extra yards on the ground. His film shows nice runs and scrambles, but past and current WVU coaches think he is a passer first.