WVU Football Recruiting Q & A

BlueGoldNews.com once again answers your recruiting questions surrounding West Virginia athletics. In this latest edition, the staff answers your questions on late surprises for the class of 2014, other quarterback options, new coaching recruiting territories and more!

Q: Are there any prospects emerging as last minute additions or flips?

A: Unlike previous years, it doesn't appear there will be any last minute flips. The Mountaineers tried to get involved with commits from both Louisville and Miami during coaching changes and rumors, but to no avail.

However, they are involved with a handful of prospects who have West Virginia in their final group and could choose the Mountaineers on signing day.

Q: Can we expect any surprises on signing day?

A: This recruiting season appears to be a bit different than previous years. While I'm not sure that "surprise" recruit is out there, the Mountaineers are in the final pair for a handful of prospects.

Several targets, including CJ Worton and D'Cota Dixon have West Virginia included near the end. So despite no "secret" recruits floating around, it could be a happy ending for Mountaineer fans.

Q: Any new changes to the quarterback options?

A: With the recent departure of Ford Childress from the West Virginia program, it was believed the Mountaineers could add another quarterback this recruiting class. However, that doesn't appear to be the case in terms of a scholarship.

Hubbard (Ohio) signal caller Brennan Wassil occupies a preferred walk-on offer, and has the Mountaineers in the lead for his services. He told us that he plans to make his decision on Sunday.

Q: What are the new recruiting territories now that Damon Cogdell is on staff?

A: As it currently stands it's unclear how the territories will eventually breakdown. That's not likely to be decided until the class of 2014 is wrapped up. However, the current belief is Cogdell will join JaJuan Seider is South Florida finishing up this cycle.

Q: Which recruits have the best opportunity to contribute right away next year?

A: This is always a tough question because a lot can occur, giving one prospect an advantage to see the field sooner over another player. But, if we're talking simply talent alone there are a couple who stand out.

Co-Lin (MS) junior college linebacker Edward Muldrow and Riverside C.C. (Calif.) quarterback Skyler Howard jump out. Both players possess a combination of things working in their favor to see the field soon. They're talented, play a position of need, and were able to enroll early. The latter will get the most attention.

Our Kevin Kinder likes Jaylon Myers, based again on talent level and need at the position.

Q: Who is the next 2015 pledge?

A: West Virginia has been on quite the roll lately, and it hasn't necessarily been in the class of 2014. With a flurry of early commitments from rising seniors, the Mountaineers already hold verbal pledges from five prospects, not including running back Alex Anderson.

The most likely targets would be Hubbard (Ohio) teammates L.J. Scott and Matt Jones. Scott, a running back, and Jones, an offensive lineman, hold the Mountaineers in high regard. The pair visited West Virginia on several occasions last season.

Q: Any remaining targets at Miramar that West Virginia will go after for 2015?

A: West Virginia is off to a good start in 2015, plucking both wide receiver Khalil Lewis and defensive back Kendrell McFadden from the Patriots. Running back Alex Anderson, who announced a verbal commitment to the Mountaineers, needs to visit the school before making his pledge final.

Others who could potential join are cornerback Tyrek Cole and offensive lineman Leeward Brown, both of whom have offers from the Mountaineers.

Q: How many 4-5 stars will WVU end up with in the 2015 class?

A: This is difficult to gauge because the rankings system will change numerous times between now and signing day of 2015. As it stands now, they have three commitments with a four-star rating. While it's a ways off, I expect the class of 2015 to be superb -- which could lead to as many as 6-8 four/five star prospects.

As always, Kevin jumps in with this disclaimer: Don't get hung up on stars. Judge players on what you see on film, and how they fit West Virginia's schemes. That will provide a much truer picture in evaluating each prospect.

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