Recruiting Spotlight: Defensive Line

In our continuing series on the football recruiting class of 2015, we move to the defensive side of the ball, and examine the prospects in the trenches.

Recruiting Plan

The Mountaineers went relatively light along the defensive line last year, securing commitments from three defenders. They've had a history of taking underrated, undersized prospects and turning them into quality lineman. Who will find their way onto WVU's radar this class?

Top Targets

Channing Hames: Hames recently proclaimed the Mountaineers as one of his top choices, with plans to visit this summer. He is highly regarded for his athleticism and ability to rush the passer. Winning the recruiting battle won't be easy, though, with several top programs battling for his services.

Jonathan Calvin: The Mountaineers are back at Copiah-Lincoln junior college in search of a talented pass-rusher. Calvin recently listed a main three of Auburn, Mississippi State and West Virginia. It's going to be difficult keeping him out of the SEC, but WVU hasn't given up on its efforts.

Names To Keep An Eye On

Jozie Milton: West Virginia was quick to offer Milton, and he's since tallied numerous offers. It's believed he could prefer to stay in the south, but the Mountaineers hope to build on his visit a few months back.

Arrington Gipson: Aliquippa High School was great to WVU last recruiting cycle, and the Mountaineers are hoping their success continues with the Quips. Though Gipson doesn't hold an offer yet, one could be received this summer, when he plans a return visit.

Jon Bateky: A fast-riser on the recruiting circuit, Bateky earned offers from West Virginia and Rutgers within a week. He recently informed of his intentions to visit this summer, where the Mountaineers will look to secure a commitment.

Final Thoughts

Over the last several years the Mountaineers have built a defensive line from recruits who needed time to develop. That trend appears to be active again -- with a group of prospects that are currently underrated, but certainly have the potential to be Division I players.

As time moves on the Mountaineers could look further into the junior college ranks, but regardless of the route they choose, West Virginia will likely add two or three players along the defensive line in this class.

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