WVU Football Recruiting Q & A

Despite the month-long dead period in football recruiting, there has still been action on the West Virginia scene. In our latest Recruiting Q&A, we examine potential defensive end prospects, look at potential surprises remaining, leap ahead to 2015 prospects and more!

Q: Which 2015 prospects are WVU's top targets that the Mountaineers have a shot at?

A. It's always difficult to gauge serious interest with 2015 prospects this early in the process. The Mountaineers already hold commitments from three recruits in the class and have significant interest from others.

Several top targets are Hubbard (Ohio) teammates Matt Jones, an offensive lineman, and running back L.J. Scott.

Q: Who are some 2015 QB prospects WVU fans should pay attention to?

A: West Virginia is keeping close tabs on a handful of quarterback prospects for the 2015 class, most notably McDonald (PA) Brett Brumbaugh and Hays (KS) Alex Dalton.

Q: Are Terry Ayeni and Brandon Thorpe the only remaining defensive end prospects remaining?

A: Despite Ayeni and Thorpe being the top targets along the defensive line, they aren't the only remaining prospects left on the Mountaineers board.

Buchtel (Ohio) defender Anthony Clark remains an option. It's still unclear his academic standard, but it's believed the Mountaineers would take him if all clears. A couple interesting names to watch are Daniel Appouh and Kenderius Whitehead. Both have increased interest from West Virginia and could be a late option.

Q: Is there a flip out there that could catch us by surprise?

A: The Mountaineers could potentially land a "flip" in this class, though I'm not sure I'd label it a surprise. They've continued to recruit Miami (Fla.) cornerback Nigel Bethel -- a teammate of Mountaineer wide receiver commit Lamar Parker.

Bethel has hinted at the idea of switching his pledge to the Mountaineers, though a final decision would likely come down to signing day.

Q: What are the chances of landing wide receiver Trevion Thompson, especially if WVU lands Donte Thomas-Williams? > > A: Thompson's recruitment will come down to the wire. Though he's publicly claimed a top group of West Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Clemson it's believed the final group is slightly smaller. A source close to Thompson believes the final pairing will be West Virginia, Clemson and North Carolina State. Even more recent indicators might also have Clemson dropping down a bit as well.

Thompson plans to visit the Mountaineers in late January -- just a few short weeks away from signing day. Accompanying him on the visit is fellow teammate and Mountaineer target, Donte Thomas-Williams. Though the two haven't declared playing together is a must, it's definitely an intriguing option for the two.

Q: Why is 4-star running back Demario Richard still interested in West Virginia, despite his commitment to Arizona State?

A: The Mountaineers have never stopped recruiting Richard, even after he pledged to the Sun Devils. Playing in a spread offense such of the Mountaineers, Richard is obviously pleased at the possibility.

It's difficult, though, to estimate the level of seriousness Richard has in the Mountaineers. Having him officially visit could go a long way in helping the Mountaineers' cause.

Q: Which recruit are the coaches recruiting the hardest at this point? > > A: As we wind down to the final month the coaches are recruiting about every recruit left on their board hard. However, the most attention is likely being paid to Thomas-Williams.

The Mountaineers currently don't have a running back committed, and the Hillside HS (N.C.) four-star would be a nice addition.

Q: Is Bob Huggins continuing to recruit for 2014, outside of Ja'Quan Lyle?

A: Bob Huggins has always stated he'd always recruit prospects if he found someone he believed could help the program. With that said, the top choice remaining is Ja'Quan Lyle.

Another possible option would be Lyle's Huntington Prep teammate Teki Gill-Caesar. He has the option of staying in the 2015 class, or reclassifying up. The longer that decision remains unmade, however, the more likely it is that Teki remains in next year's class.


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