WVU Recruiting: Junior Day Notebook

BlueGoldNews.com looks at a number of junior day visitors from last weekend and gets their reactions to the on-campus visit.

Despite being involved in a minor car accident that delayed his arrival to West Virginia, Baltimore (Md.) defensive tackle Ellison Jordan enjoyed his time on campus.

“We had to miss half of it but I really enjoyed it,” Jordan said. “From everything I was able to see it was great. I’ll definitely be back down.”

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound, defender boasts more than a dozen offers from top programs such as Penn State, Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech among.

Scout.com rates him a four-star prospects and the No. 10 defensive tackle in the country.

Baltimore (Md.) wide receiver Steven Smothers is no stranger to Morgantown, and he made a return visit this past weekend.

Smothers, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound multi-position prospect, has long considered the Mountaineers the leader in his recruitment, and this trip solidified those thoughts.

“It was great, man.” Smothers laughed. “I just absolutely love it there. Everyone there is like family to me. I’ve called them my No. 1 and nothing has changed. West Virginia is my favorite.”

One of Smothers' closest friends, cornerback Kareem Felder, almost made the trip.

The Baltimore (Md.) defender has already earned offers from Rutgers, Iowa, Toledo, New Mexico and Cincinnati.

“I love it every time I go up there,” Felder said. “I think it's a cool place to be.”

Fredericksburg (Va.) offensive lineman Josh Ball had the chance to reunite with some friends while on campus.

Ball, who has become close friends with class of 2017 West Virginia commit Maverick Wolfley, among others, once again spoke highly of his time in town.

“It was a great time, I had an absolute blast,” Ball described of the visit. “It’s always a great time there. I’ve already built so many relationships and it’s good to see them and the coaches there.”

The 6-foot-7 310-pounder holds offers from Duke, Iowa, Maryland, Virginia, Penn State and Virginia Tech among others.

Hyattsville (Md.) four-star wide receiver Tino Ellis was also on campus Saturday.

This past week Ellis named a top five of West Virginia, Rutgers, Maryland, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech in no particular order. He also deemed July 31, 2015 and his decision date.

“It was an overall great experience,” Ellis said. “I know so many of my friends are there or will be going there. That could be a very special place very soon.”

Many consider the hometown Maryland Terrapins the favorite in his recruitment, though it appears the Mountaineers made quite the early impression.

Toledo (Oh.) linebacker Zach Sandwisch is another prospect who’s considered West Virginia as one of the top schools in his recruitment, and this past weekend helped the Mountaineers even more.

“In Morgantown for junior day! Has me thinking …” Sandwisch tweeted while on campus.

Scout.com ranks him a three-star prospect and the No. 12 linebacker in the country. In addition to West Virginia, he also offers from Iowa, Toledo, Miami (Ohio) and Bowling Green.

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