WVU Recruiting Q&A

The BlueGoldNews.com staff answers our subscribers' latest questions surrounding West Virginia athletics. In this installment, we examine potential basketball prospects for the class of 2015 and which highly ranked football prospects could be future Mountaineers.

Q: What other positions are the WVU hoops staff still recruiting for 2015?

A: With James Bolden and Levi Cook in the fold, the Mountaineers have secured commitments from both a point guard and a center. Any further additions will likely come from the forward positions.

The Mountaineers are hot after Ohio forward Esa Ahmad. Other options could include Tony Anderson, Ahmad Wagner, Nate Fowler and Edward Morrow.

Q: Who are the top three highest-ranked uncommitted football recruits WVU has a legitimate shot at landing?

A: This is a tricky question depending on if we're discussing highest ranked in terms of "star rating" or on West Virginia's big board. Either way a handful of targets are sticking out.

The Mountaineers are still in hot-pursuit of a quarterback with Joey Burrow and Lamar Jackson leading the pack. The staff would also like to secure pledges from cornerback Jordan Whitehead and running back Nyheim Hines -- both of whom plan to visit this summer.

Q. With the recent departures, will the Mountaineer basketball team sign another recruit for the 2014 class?

A. Bob Huggins has routinely stated he'll make any additions to his roster if he believes it will make his team better. However, earlier this month he emphatically stated he wouldn't add anyone to this upcoming team just to fill out the roster. While I wouldn't rule out a late addition the most likely scenario is continuing with the cards at hand.

Q. What is the state of defensive line recruiting?

A. Despite having eleven commits for the class of 2015 none are along the defensive front. The lack of success, though, isn't caused by lack of effort.

The Mountaineers were scheduled to host Clayton (N.C.) four-star defensive tackle Sterling Johnson in early June. However, his recent commitment to Clemson has that visit on hold. The staff is actively recruiting Quentez Johnson, Jon Bateky, Channing Hames and Jonathan Calvin -- all of who plan to visit this summer.

Q. Outside of Riley Nicholson, who is a likely linebacker target in this class?

A. The Mountaineers have been heavily involved in the state of Ohio at the linebacker spot, specifically with Markus Bailey, Nyck Grayson and Nick Faulkner. The biggest concern, though, is outside of Bailey none appear to be immediate option for the staff. The most likely case is the staff will focus their efforts into the junior college ranks later in the season.

Q. How many quarterbacks will WVU take this class?

A. The most common practice for Dana Holgorsen is to take one quarterback per class. The biggest question this cycle is will that change? Answering that question is difficult given the fact WVU doesn't have a commitment at the position.

It's an option that's feasible depending on which quarterback pledges first. If the Mountaineers earn a commitment from, say, Joey Burrow or Lamar Jackson, I doubt a second is taken in this class.

Q. Is WVU still recruiting John Jacobs, the quarterback who committed to East Carolina?

A. Yes. West Virginia has still remained in contact with Jacobs, and he told me shortly after his pledge to the Pirates he's still planning to visit the Mountaineers in July.

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