Living The Dream

Hialeah (Fla.) wide receiver Steven Claude added a recent offer from West Virginia. How do the Mountaineers stand apart from other suitors?

It wasn't the first offer for Steven Claude. That came last December. However, his latest offer from West Virginia is the one he's been waiting for.

"West Virginia has always been one of my dream schools, so received an offer from them was a dream come true," Claude described. "I was actually at the park with my little brothers and sisters and had a message to call Coach Seider. Then I checked Facebook and he already sent me a message saying they were offering me."

Despite being elated by the offer, it didn't come as a huge surprise. The West Virginia coaching staff had visited with Claude previously while visiting a former teammate.

"I spoke with Coach Seider last year when he was at my school recruiting my former teammate Michael Johnson," Claude said. "He knew that West Virginia was one of my dream schools and he said do good this year and he'd see what he could do."

Having a connection to a program is important, and a relationship to the coaching staff is vital for Claude. At West Virginia, he believes he's found something special with the early bond formed with Seider.

"He's a good, funny type of guy," Claude explained. "He reminds me of my dad. He's a funny guy that I can always go to and give me help with something if I need it."

The Mountaineers have caught the eye of the three-star wide receiver with the spread offense they possess under head coach Dana Holgorsen.

"I like how they throw the ball better than anyone in the country," Claude said. "They told me they like how I can make big plays down the field and how I can make the little plays count for 80-90 yards and score."

Champagnat Catholic High School, where Claude had 40 catches for 700 yards last season, runs a similar offense to WVU, in large part because of a coaching connection to the Mountaineer program.

"Our school runs a spread offense just like West Virginia," he said. "Our offensivee coordinator Zachary Gottfried was a coaching assistant at West Virginia. So we kind of learned the offense that he installed. So our offense is mirrored after them."

Though nothing is officially set in stone, Claude plans to visit West Virginia at some point next season.

"I do plan on visiting them. West Virginia and Duke are my two official visits that I'm definitely taking."

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