Verbal View: Jah'Shaun Seider

West Virginia received its third offensive line verbal commitment in the class of 2015 when Jah'Shaun Seider made another family connection on Saturday. We examine his strengths and how he fits the Mountaineer program.

Of course, any analysis of Jah'Shaun Seider 's choice has to begin with the obvious family tie, as older brother JaJuan serves as the Mountaineers' running backs coach. While that factor certainly played into the decision (making the oft-heard phrase "it felt like family" an obvious one in this recruiting end game), Seider's addition isn't just due to his older brother's presence.


The first thing that jumps out from Seider's tape is his mobility. Playing both guard positions for Glades Central, Seider gets out of his stance very well and has no problem reaching linebackers in open space for blocks. His speed matches many of those second level defenders, and when he delivers blocks in space he uses his hands and arms to deliver a punch, and typically is able to keep his balance in order to continue with a contact or seek out additional targets.

Seider's solid footwork fundamentals should also help him in pass protection, although most of his available highlights show him run blocking. Another plus: Glades Central operated from under center for much of last year, with Seider in a three-point stance. That has helped him develop fundamentals in his initial steps out of his stance, and should make it a bit easier to transition to college.


Like most high school linemen, Seider does stand up a bit too quickly at times when engaging defenders, but that's something of a nit-pick in looking at his video. He delivers a good initial hit and explodes through contact, and often gets a defender on skates moving backward after engagement.

With his height, Seider could also be a candidate to play tackls, and indeed his video shows a handful of snaps at the position. There's not enough to make much more than a cursory judgment of his abilities there, but again, that's not a major negative. Were he to play his entire career on the interior line, he could be a major factor in any future success the Mountaineers enjoy.


In its third lineman in the class, West Virginia has gotten a lineman with a major plus-attribute: good feet, mobility and quickness that should provide a solid foundation for the future. In today's pass-happy high school environments, Seider's repeated showings of ability to block not only at the point of attack but also to pull and get downfield effectively could give him a leg up in future position battles. He's played both sides of the line, so he's familiar with changing his footwork and initial steps according to his position -- all items that should make the transition to college a bit easier.

Finally, there are the intangibles. With older brother JaJuan a part of his football growth, the younger Seider should have a better understanding of many of the items that go into becoming a successful collegiate player. Also, it's not likely that the Mountaineers will have to worry about him backing out on his verbal commitment before Signing Day.

Class of 2015 WVU Football Verbal Commitments

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