Final Pieces: Offense

West Virginia has set its sights on several remaining offensive weapons still available in the class of 2014.

With more than a month still to go until Signing Day 2014, the West Virginia staff is making its final push to meet more offensive needs on the Mountaineer football roster. Though most skill positions appear to be set, there are still a few voids to be filled.

Hillside (N.C.) HS teammates Donte Thomas-Williams and Trevion Thompson stand atop a list of candidates to round out the class.

Thomas-Williams, 6-foot-1, 217-pound running back, has narrowed his top choices to West Virginia and Florida State. The Mountaineers, who don't currently have a running back committed, are clearly targeting Thomas-Williams as the centerpiece of the position. Florida State, on the other hand, appears to be casting a wider net to round out their class, though it's believed the Seminoles would still accept Thomas-Williams's commitment.

Thompson, 6-foot-3, 188 pound wide receiver, is another player the Mountaineers would like to add to the fold. For the last several weeks, Thompson has publicly stated a top six of West Virginia, N.C. State, Ohio State, Clemson, North Carolina and Florida State. However, it's believed three schools stand out to Thompson -- the Mountaineers, Wolfpack and Tigers.

The main competition facing West Virginia appears to be N.C. State. The Wolfpack have made a late push for the Scout.com four-star prospect, selling immediate playing time and staying close to home as key factors.

Both Thomas-Williams and Thompson plan to visit West Virginia in late January.

Shortly after offering Seabreeze (Fla.) athlete Charles Nelson in early December, the two-way standout scheduled an official visit to West Virginia for January 24.

Nelson, who the Mountaineers see as a slot receiver, recently named a top four of West Virginia, Notre Dame, USC and Florida. He visited the Irish a few weeks back, and isn't expected to make a decision until closer to signing day.

Junior college tight end Darrion Hutcherson also finds himself on the Mountaineer radar. West Virginia, which views Hutcherson as a hybrid-type receiver, is fending off a late push from Mississippi State and Cincinnati.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pounder visited the Mountaineers in early November and the Bearcats a couple of weeks ago, and both schools appear to be neck-and-neck as leaders.

Hutcherson plans to announce his decision closer to signing day.


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