West Virginia Football Recruiting Q&A

Step inside for the latest West Virginia recruiting news and information in this current edition of the BlueGoldNews.com Recruiting Q&A.

Q: What is the status of the recruiting of class of 2016 hoops forward Jethro Tshisumpa and is WVU involved?

A: West Virginia is certainly aware and involved with Tshisumpa. The 6-foot-10, 255-pound, defensive machine has earned national recognition with his outstanding play this summer. The Mountaineers have extended an official offer and are hopeful to have him on campus this upcoming season.

Q: What is the breakdown on how many football prospects WVU will take at each position?

A: This is always a fluid answer because, like recruiting overall, the numbers can change throughout the process, and the presence of a great player at a position who wnts to commit late will usually find spot. About the only position seemingly set in stone is quarterback, where Cody Saunders holds down that spot. Running back could also be finished with Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway on board, but another is not out of the question.

The Mountaineers will be heavy at linebacker and defensive back and already have three verbal commitments at each of those positions. There's probably room for one more offensive linemen, and at least two more wide receivers. And, as always, the defensive line needs additional fleshing out, as just Reese Donahue, the state's top-ranked player is on board for the coming season.

Q: How do you see West Virginia finishing out theirclass of 2016?

A: Another tough one – given how early it is in the recruiting cycle. I can’t tell you exactly whom West Virginia will finish with, but I can give a list of names that look to be in solid position.

As we sit here in late July I would list highly regarded linebacker Brendan Ferns and wide receiver Steven Smothers as two I feel confident will sign with the Mountaineers. Other names such as defensive back Therran Coleman, defensive tackle Rashad Wheeler and athlete Hussein Howe join a long list of additional prospects who hold WVU high on their list.

Q: What is the status of 2015 hoops forward Maverick Rowan? Is WVU a legit contender?

A: Rowan caught West Virginia fans attention recently when he listed a final four of WVU, St. Johns, Louisville and NC State. However, the obvious question is do the Mountaineers have room?

The current roster is full minus junior college standout Teyvon Myers, though everything appears in line for him to arrive later this summer. It’s nice to be mentioned in the final pairing, but I wouldn’t expect Rowan to arrive in Morgantown anytime soon. There are a lot of St. John's ties for Rowan.

Q: Any update on the remaining members of the class of 2015?

A: The biggest concern on the football front is centered on defensive backs Rasul Douglas, Tyrek Cole and Jacquez Adams.

Douglas is believed to be the most “ready” to arrive at West Virginia later this summer. At last check he was waiting on official word from the school to process the final paperwork. As the clock winds down toward fall camp, which beings next Monday, there's less and less of a chance for anyone else to join the team this fall. The final date to enroll is Friday, Aug. 21, and that date is rapidly approaching.

For basketball, junior college guard Teyvon Myers stands alone waiting admission. With him wrapping up his final online classes a scheduled date of arrival is set for later this month.

Q: What is the current state of recruiting in Florida?

A: Keeping with the tradition under Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineer staffers prefer to have a prospect on campus before accepting a commitment. This strategy has kept most pledges from the Sunshine State waiting until official visits can begin during the season.

The Mountaineers already hold a commitment from quarterback Cody Saunders and look to be in good standing with a number of other prospects. Talented athlete Hussein Howe recently wrapped up a visit to Morgantown and could find his way into the class.

Other possibilities include cornerbacks Devin Studstill and Cycoby Burch, athletes Adrian Killins, Jr. and Jaquarius Bargnare and wide receiver C.J. Riley.

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