WVU Recruiting Q&A

The BlueGoldNews.com staff answers our members questions in our latest recruiting Q&A. In this edition we examine certain prospects in the class of 2016, hoops recruiting, rounding out the class of 2015 and more!

Q: What do you know about Aliquippa (Pa.) running back Kaezon Pugh?

A: Pugh had to wait his turn in Aliquippa behind Dravon Henry, but now has emerged on the recruiting trail. West Virginia was one of the first to offer and has built a strong relationship with the four-star recruit. He’s visited the Mountaineers on numerous occasions giving them an early advantage in his recruitment.

Q: Who is the top class of 2016 prospect the WVU coaches want?

A: Because it’s early in their recruitments I’m not positive the WVU staff has identified a “leader” for the class. However, if I had to list someone who’ve they’ve went the extra mile for it would be Steven Smothers. The skilled wide receiver, who is teammates with current commits Jordan and Jacquez Adams, recently claimed the Mountaineers as his leader, which he’s done numerous times.

Q: What level of communication does Bob Huggins and his staff have with Levi Cook?

A: After Cook re-opened his recruitment he stated West Virginia was still an option. However, the Mountaineers have identified other options to fill the 2015 class. If Cook doesn’t find a home next season and elects to spend a season at prep school he could find his way to Morgantown in 2016.

Q: What does Miramar High (Fla,) have to offer for 2016?

A: Because this year boasts many talented Division I athletes next season could slow down a bit. The hottest name could be Demari Simpkins who plays quarterback for the Patriots. However, he’s more of an athlete who could play multiple positions at the next level.

Q: Is there one recruiting area WVU could improve and why?

A: West Virginia could make a stronger effort in the state of Virginia, which is rich in talent and produces quality players every year. The Mountaineers have been sporadic in the state but look to refocus for the class of 2016. Over the last couple of weeks they’ve extended a variety of offers there.

Q: What are your thoughts on Tim Settle?

A: Settle was supposed to take his official visit to West Virginia this past weekend, but cancelled late because of his high school homecoming. He planned to official to Penn State this weekend and likely trip to WVU for its contest against TCU. The Mountaineers are still in the running but need to get him back on campus to further their chances.

Q: What’s happening on the hoops front?

A: It appears the Mountaineers would like one more addition for the class of 2015 to replace Levi Cook. Both Shawntrez Davis and Luis Montero are possibilities. But the staff is being patient, looking for the right fit to round out the class.

Q: Does WVU have any love for Aliquippa (Pa.) wide receiver Patrick Anderson or defensive tackle Arrington Gipson?

A: Both were on the radar early but nothing serious ever materialized. The staff has gone in different directions to fill those positions.

Q: Will WVU host Itawamba C.C. teammates Larry Jefferson and Xavier Pegus for official visits?

A: The Mountaineers wanted both defensive line prospects, and went as far as securing the commitment of Jefferson. But after both visited Iowa State they insist they are firm with the Cyclones. With WVU’s latest addition of Adam Shuler, continued pursuit of Tim Settle and looking at other junior college lineman I think they’ve moved on past this pair.

Q: What is the latest with offensive lineman recruiting?

A: With three linemen already in the fold it’s doubtful the Mountaineers will be too aggressive at the position. However, they could add one more to the list and former signee Jamie Herr could headline the group, if he graduates in December and is eligible to enroll in January 2015. After early discussion with De’Lonte Murray (Lackawanna JC), talks have since cooled.

The Mountaineers have remained in contact with West Palm Beach (Fla.) tackle Fredrick Johnson, who is currently committed to Virginia Tech – but getting him on campus is crucial.

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