Verbal View: Xavier Pegues

West Virginia received another addition to the class of 2015 late Wednesday night when junior college defensive end Xavier Pegues pledged to the Mountaineers. How does he fit into the WVU recruiting class?

West Virginia’s recent success within the junior college ranks has been evident with their on-field performance this season. However, it took 22 commitments to finally go back to those roots for the class of 2015 to find their newest commitment, Xavier Pegues.

WHAT TO LIKE:

First and foremost West Virginia received a quality pickup at a position of need. Within the Big 12 conference having available bodies along the defensive front is a necessity. Pegues is a big strong body (6’4, 270 lbs.) who can provide the immediate help the Mountaineers sorely need.

Pegues also appears physically ready to play at the next level. Spending time at junior college has certainly allowed his body to mature and develop into someone ready to the weekly challenges at the next level. In evaluating his film Pegues uses his strength to bull rush up the middle and overpower interior lineman.

POSSIBLE CONCERNS:

Pegues tends to “just get by” with his overall talent and strength and not use his technique tools at various times. This is something of habit in the junior college ranks, though, where there is often times a wide talent gap. He’ll need to combine his overall talents with technique and instruction at the next level to perform at a high level.

It’s also imperative the Mountaineers can hold onto his commitment. While it appears at the moment his pledge is solid it’s somewhat of a concern they’re the second school to receive a commitment following a visit in just over a month.

Finally, can Pegues rush the passer consistently in the Big 12? That's a hole that West Virginia has been trying to fill for some time, and he needs to answer that challenge in order to fulfill his hoped-for potential in Division I.

OVERALL ANALYSIS:

West Virginia was hoping to land a junior college defensive lineman for the class and made a big splash with Xavier Pegues. Going this route was imperative for immediate help and to allow other defensive line commits Robert Landers, Adam Shuler and Alec Shriner time to develop.

Pegues chose the Mountaineers over offers from Iowa State, UT-San Antonio and California but much like most junior college prospects an offer list isn’t always an accurate gauge at ones talent level. Most times it’s based off need and in this case the Mountaineers received both – a quality prospect at a position of need.


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