WVU Recruiting: Q&A

BlueGoldNews.com is back to answer the top questions on the Mountaineer recruiting front. In this edition we examine possible hoops additions, the Miramar pipeline, remaining top football prospects and more!

Q: What is the latest on former WVU hoops commit Levi Cook?

A: Since his recent d-commitment from West Virginia Cook has witnessed his recruitment elevate. Several programs including Missouri, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Eastern Kentucky and Marshall have all taken an interest. It’s not out of the question he could still become a Mountaineer, though. The possibility remains he could attend prep school for one season following his tenure at Huntington Prep and became a member of West Virginia’s 2016 recruiting class.

Q: What’s the latest situation for Miramar High (FL) offensive lineman Leeward Brown?

A: Brown surprised many recently, backing off his pledge to Miami (FL). The towering 6-foot-8 lineman holds interest from West Virginia, but has not yet secured an official offer. Brown recently told me the Mountaineers were a school he was considering and would possibly visit in January.

Q: Has West Virginia written off Tim Settle?

A: Simply put, yes. The Mountaineers have been hopeful to receive a visit on several occasions with nothing ever developing – though Settle has continued to visit other schools. Barring any late changes to his recruitment it doesn’t appear Settle will be a Mountaineer..

Q: Is there any concern the issues at Miramar High will cause problems for WVU or the eligibility for Tyrek Cole and Jovon Durante?

A: With the investigation into Miramar’s allegations currently on-going it’s difficult to get a true feel for what the final results may be. However, at least on the surface, it doesn’t appear West Virginia as a program will have any penalties from the claims, as it was in no way involved with any of the issues at the school.

One internal investigation at Miramar did, however examine Durante’s eligibility. The initial results came back showing he was indeed academically qualified. The academic status of Cole has not been a concern this season.

Q: What is the latest on running back Jordan Cronkrite and wide receiver Tavares Martin?

A: By all accounts Cronkrite enjoyed his visit to West Virginia, though no decision is expected anytime soon. He plans to visit both Louisville and Notre Dame the in January.

Martin has made his desire to become a Mountaineer clear although a visit is needed before the staff will confirm his commitment. At this point it’s believed the WVU staff would like to add a junior college prospect at the position, which could affect the overall picture at wideout. Martin will, however, visit West Virginia this weekend, and could commit at that time.

Q: Do you see any of the offensive skill players in the 2015 class who could see significant playing time next season?

A: Whenever this question is posed the most logical thought is to find a player that is both talented enough to play immediately, but also at a position of need.

One prospect that could play early is Durante. He possesses a unique skill-set of size and speed and could crack the depth chart early with the Mountaineers losing both Kevin White and Mario Alford. And with WVU’s struggles on special teams this season, Durante could see time as a return specialist.

Q: How good is running back Nyheim Hines and is the WVU staff very interested in him?

A: Hines is a solid talent, as shown by his four-star ranking from Scout.com. He also boasts over two dozen offers from top programs across the country. He’s consistently listed the Mountaineers as a school of interest and plans to visit in early December, a week before he’s planning to make a commitment.

A source close to the Mountaineers insists they satisfied with the current running back commits Alex Anderson and William Cameron.

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