Recruiting Spotlight: Defensive Backs

We conclude our look at prospects and commitments in the WVU football recruiting class of 2015 with an examination of the defensive backs.

Recruiting Plan

Out of the ten prospects currently committed to West Virginia, five of them reside in the defensive secondary. The biggest question remaining: how many more defensive backs will the Mountaineers include in this class? If the efforts put forth to a handful of other prospects, the number could rise.

In The Fold

Kendrell McFadden: Soon after WVU announced the hiring of Damon Cogdell, safety Kendrell McFadden make a quick choice in his commitment. It's won't be an easy road for the Mountaineers going forward, though. He plans to visit additional schools next fall, including a stop at West Virginia.

Kevin Williams: Just one day removed from receiving an offer from West Virginia in late-February, Williams pulled the trigger and committed to the Mountaineers. He plans to visit this summer.

Jacquez Adams: While visiting the Mountaineers for Junior Day in February, Adams let loose and committed to the Mountaineers. Since then, he hasn't looked back -- being a leader for the class in recruiting additional prospects.

Jordan Adams: Much like his brother, Jacquez, Jordan Adams committed in February while on campus for Junior Day. The twins wanted to play together at the next level and chose the Mountaineers over an offer from Wisconsin.

Sheldrick Redwine: Many were surprised to hear of the commitment from Redwine, in large part because he wasn't on anyone's radar. However, since his verbal pledge to the Mountaineers he's continued to add offers from BCS schools. He plans to visit West Virginia, along with others, this summer.

Top Targets

Jordan Whitehead: All signs point to West Virginia being the favorite for Whitehead, who could make a decision at any time. The bond between him and WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, along with current Mountaineer signee Dravon Henry, appears to be the headlining reason WVU leads.

Khalid McGee: The West Virginia coaching staff continues to be in contact with McGee, a hard-hitting safety from Florida. He currently lists no favorites, though, and has yet to confirm a date for a commitment.

Kareem Ali: The Timber Creek (N.J.) cornerback recently listed a top five of Florida, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina and West Virginia. It's believed, though, the Terrapins are the early leader for his services. Ali plans to visit the Mountaineers this summer.

Names To Keep An Eye On

Chris Fobbs: Fobbs recently listed West Virginia as a school with which he's been in steady contact. He plans to visit the Mountaineers this summer, with hopes of securing an official offer.

Cario Davison: The two-way athlete can play multiple positions, mainly wide receiver or safety. The Mountaineers, however, are intrigued by his abilities in the defensive secondary. Davison was hampered last season by injury and WVU wants to have him camp this offer before extending an offer.

Ka'Reem Gibson: The Mountaineers led the charge early for Gibson, offered the talented cornerback late in 2013. Since then his offer list has grown. Gibson visited WVU for their spring game and expects to return again this summer.

Final Thoughts

The Mountaineers sprinted out of the gates, accepting commitments from five defensive backs. The possibilty remains, though, that a potential position switch could occurfor one or more of these prospects. That possibility is one reason WVU continues to be active on the recruiting trail at the position. When finished, another two or three additions are possible.

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