West Virginia Mountaineer Football & Basketball Recruiting Q&A

Jonathan Martin checks in with the latest questions and answers on the West Virginia Mountaineer football recruiting front.

Q: What is the latest between WVU and wide receiver Christian Johnson?

A: Not much has changed between the Mountaineers and Johnson. The talented wide receiver is on their radar, but appears to be on the outside looking in to receive a scholarship.  Unless a few prospects at his position land elsewhere, it’s doubtful Johnson will become a Mountaineer, although a walk-on option is always a possibility.

Q: Where is former Mountaineer quarterback Paul Millard and hoops forward BillyDee Williams?

A: The former signalcaller is out of football, working in Colorado at a family farm. Williams, an athletic forward who played one season with the Mountaineers, is now at The University of Texas - Permian Basin. This is his last season of eligibility.

Q: Why does West Virginia Mountaineers appear to struggle getting defensive tackles in their recruiting classes?

A: West Virginia, like a lot of programs across the country, struggles to receive commitments from defensive tackles. A lot of the issue is simply the lack of overall prospects at the position. Those are targeted heavily by the top schools in the nation, leaving many, even at West Virginia's level, fighting over a few top prospects.  However, the Mountaineers have made a concentrated effort in the class of 2016. A handful of prospects including Jeffery Pooler, Jamil Dukes and Edrick Mathews are all possibilities.

Q: Which recruits committed elsewhere does West Virginia have the best chance to flip?

A: While it’s early to play the “flipping” game there are a couple of names that come to mind.

Detroit (MI) defensive tackle Edrick Mathews – who is committed to Toledo – has begun to hear from the Mountaineers. If they were to become aggressive in his recruitment he’d almost certainly listen.

Orlando (FL) athlete Tyrek Tisdale, a Florida pledge, received an offer from the Mountaineers this past week and immediately set up an official visit for December.

Q: What are your thoughts on 2017 five-star Lamont Wade?

A: Both parties are extremely familiar with one another. The Mountaineers were one of the first programs to offer and have become a mainstay in his recruitment.Earning a commitment won’t be easy, though. The talented cornerback will have almost every school in the country vying for his pledge – but the Mountaineers will be involved until the end.

Q: What is the latest with Adrian Killins Jr.?

A: A source close to Killins suggests he’s a lean to Miami (FL). The Mountaineers have made a strong effort to get him on campus, although no dates are close to being scheduled.

Q: What does WVU stand with Brendan Ferns?

A: St. Clairsville (Oh.) four-star linebacker Brendan Ferns recently trimmed his list of schools down to two – West Virginia and Penn State. However, despite not earning a commitment, the Mountaineers are believed to be a frontrunner. His delay in a decision isn’t a reason to worry – Ferns is expected to choose West Virginia soon.

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