WVU Recruiting: Inside Scoop

In our newest edition of Inside Scoop, BlueGoldNews.com brings the latest news and information along the West Virginia recruiting front.

Most who follow recruiting associate The Bullis School (Md.) with 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins. While it’s well deserved attention for the four-star signal-caller, it’s his teammate who’s beginning to catch the attention of the Mountaineer coaches.

Cameron Brown, 6-foot-5, 200-pound athlete has been in recent contact with the Mountaineers. It’s uncertain which position he’d be slotted into at the next level, as his projects at both the linebacker and wide receiver positions. He’s also drawn interest from Virginia, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

It’s not often the Mountaineers recruit high school prospects clear across the country, but an exception is being made for class of 2016 linebacker Alec Simpson.

The Pacific Palisades (Calif.) standout isn’t lacking interest on the recruiting trail despite not having an official offer to date. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker claims interest from UCLA, Oregon, Minnesota, Louisville and Washington State among others. His eye-popping 77 tackles, four sacks and 15 tackles for loss led to an early three-star rating. He plans to visit WVU this summer.

Miramar (Fla.) running back Alex Anderson verbally committed to the Mountaineers in May but has always insisted on taking his allotted five official visits. However, that may not be the case any longer.

Anderson recently told me that although he’s always considered his pledge to be firm it’s not until recently he’s decided to shut down the process. He notes the Mountaineers recent commitment to the running game as the primary reason to firm up his decision.

Despite consistently listing West Virginia as one of his top schools, Garner (N.C.) four-star running back Nyheim Hines isn’t likely to choose the Mountaineers. A source close to the program believes they’re satisfied with having Alex Anderson and William Cameron as the two prospects at the position.

West Virginia currently has two wide receivers committed for the class of 2015, but questions remain about Miramar (FL) standout Jovon Durante, who’s had his eligibility become in question. It was first believed the Mountaineers would add just one more to the position, but that number could be pushed up.

Blinn (TX) receiver Dede Westbrook has scheduled his official visit for November 20 when the Mountaineers host Kansas State, which is also the same date Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Tavares Martin is hoping to visit. Another option is Riverside (Calif.) receiver Isaac Whitney and Stafford (Va.) Gary Jennings. The thinking from here suggests that WVU places a higher priority on Westbrook and Whitney with the belief they offer immediate help next season.

Bob Huggins continues to look for various options to round out the class of 2015 and the most recent attention has been placed on Sound Doctrine Christian School (Ga.) forward Shawntrez Davis. Both Huggins and assistant Larry Harrison recently visited Davis and took in an open workout.

Davis (6’7, 190 lbs.) is a long, versatile forward who can play both inside and out. He told me this week the Mountaineers are definitely a school of interest, but he likely wouldn’t take any visits until December.

The new addition for the upcoming class is a replacement for Huntington Prep (W.Va.) center Levi Cook – who could still find his way to Morgantown. According to one source Cook is likely to prep after his final season for the Irish and reclassify to the class of 2016 where West Virginia could be a landing spot.

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