Recruiting Spotlight: Linebackers

Our recap and projects of the WVU football recruiting class of 2015 continues on with a look at the linebackers.

Recruiting Plan

The likelihood of West Virginia pursuing multiple linebackers is minimal. Indications are that only one 'backer will be signed in this year's class, and WVU has zeroed in on its lead target. However, they'll continue to monitor the recruitment of other prospects if they need to change course throughout the year.

Top Targets

The old adage "short and simple" could definitely be applied here. The Mountaineers have identified their primary target and look to focus their efforts in that direction.

Riley Nicholson: From the day West Virginia extended an offer to Nicholson, it became apparent that he was in their sights as their primary target. He visited for the spring game, and had an excellent time.

"It's definitely a place I could see myself playing at," Nicholson said. "It was a great experience."

Nicholson hasn't set a timetable for his decision, but the hopes are that he will lock in a spot with the Mountaineers over the summer.

Names To Keep An Eye On

Nick Faulkner: The McKinley High standout has visited the Mountaineers on numerous occasions, and was recently in attendance for the Gold-Blue Spring game. The coaching staff likes his versatility and athleticism, but an offer has yet to be given.

Sterling Sheffield: A frequent visitor to West Virignia, Sheffield is in the transition of switching from tight end to linebacker. The WVU coaching staff remains intrigued, and is hopeful of doing an evaluation this summer before extending an offer.

Markus Bailey: Bailey received an offer from West Virginia in late-March, when Coach Shannon Dawson handed out the good news. He recently visited the Mountaineer campus and is hopeful to return again this summer. How hard WVU continues their pursuit of Bailey remains to be seen, but an offer went a long way in showing their interest.

Final Thoughts

West Virginia has honed in on a single target and is hopeful of securing a commitment. If the proverbial "Plan A" fails the Mountaineers have various options and avenues they can elect to choose. When it's finished, though, expect only a single linebacker in the class of 2015.


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