WVU Recruiting: Inside Scoop

West Virginia remains hot on the recruiting trail searching for the final pieces to the class of 2015. We examine the latest happenings with our latest edition of Inside Scoop.

A Family Affair

West Virginia’s recent matchup with TCU didn’t go as planned on the field, but off the field the Mountaineers could still claim victory.

Itawamba Community College (MS) defensive end Xavier Pegues made his way to Morgantown despite his commitment to Iowa State. While he repeatedly proclaimed his visit to be “awesome” and a “great time” he left without flipping his pledge.

So what gives?

Pegues was emphatic about his fiancé being comfortable at whichever school he decides to attend – the primary reason she tagged along on his visit. However, she has not visited the Cyclones, although plans are in the works to make that happen. The Mountaineers did nothing to hurt their chances and feel good heading down the stretch.

Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?

West Virginia has aggressively pursued junior college wide receivers Isaac Whitney and Dede Westbrook to fill the void next season left by Mario Alford and Kevin White. However, Whitney appears to be leaning toward USC after earning an offer from his “dream school” and Westbrook has witnessed his recruitment explode over the last few weeks.

So where will the Mountaineers turn?

The most recent name to enter the mix is Greenville (Tx.) wide receiver D’erren Wilson. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound, receiver, has nine total offers and was close to deciding between BYU, Arkansas State and Indiana. Since backing off those plans other schools, including the Mountaineers, have begun to take interest.

West Virginia wide receiver coach Lonnie Galloway recently connected with Wilson to gauge his interest and explain the Mountaineers desire in taking additional wide-outs in this class. No visit has been scheduled though both parties have discussed possible dates.

Have A Look Around

Two Mountaineer commitments to watch closely regarding visiting other schools are Antonio Howard and William Cameron.

Following his official visit to West Virginia Howard said he plans to visit Syracuse despite not giving them much of a chance to earn his pledge. The Miami (Fla.) cornerback also plans to enroll early – further reason to not be concerned about a flip.

Durham (N.C.) running back William Cameron was one of the first in the class of 2015 to verbal for the Mountaineers and his pledge has been one of the strongest. It’s not out of the question, however, he could still take official visits to both East Carolina and Boston College, though a switch in his commitment is unlikely.

Back At Blinn

Another wide receiver to emerge on the Mountaineers big board is Damion Ratley. The Blinn (TX) standout is the teammate of Dede Westbrook, who also claims a WVU offer. Ratley (6-2, 192 lbs.) has offers from UTSA, Texas Tech, Kentucky, Washington State and Purdue. His eye-popping 1,197 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns in just eight games has certainly caught the attention of colleges across the country.

Runnin’ With The Big Guns

West Virginia became the latest to offer Coconut Creek (Fla.) wide receiver Cavin Ridley. The class of 2016 standout already boasts offers from national powers Alabama and Tennessee.

Fresh off receiving the Mountaineers’ offer Ridley told me West Virginia was “on the rise” and could “display his talents” with the dynamic offense they possess. He’s hoping to visit this summer.


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