West Virginia Football Recruiting Q&A

West Virginia suffered a couple of setbacks in its football recruiting over the past week, but there is still plenty of time to round out the Class of 2016 before Signing Day.

Q: What is the latest on cornerback Tony Butler?

A: Lakewood (Oh.) three-star cornerback Tony Butler altered his list of top schools earlier this month to add Nebraska to the mix. In a race that was seemingly between West Virginia  and Arizona State, Butler added the Cornhuskers after taking an official visit a few weeks back. I anticipate the Mountaineers to increase their efforts for Butler after missing on a couple of prospects at his position. An official visit to Morgantown is expected in January.

Q: What happened to recruiting in the state of Florida?

A: No question this is a down year for recruiting in the Sunshine State for WVU, as it has only one commitment, from quarterback Cody Saunders. The Mountaineers have made an effort, though, with offers out to well over a dozen prospects. I wouldn’t expect this to be the norm, though. This was a year where other states – Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania and even West Virginia had a talented pool of prospects highly interested in the Mountaineers.

Q: Which 2017 quarterback prospects are on the radar? Any in-state prospects?

A: As of now, I don’t see any in-state quarterback prospects that could be on the Mountaineers' board. But, there is plenty of talent, which has already been offered. Recently, West Virginia has offered Mac Jones (Florida), Jack Coan (New York), Matt McKay (North Carolina) and Myles Brennan (MS). Of the above, Jones, a Kentucky commit, appears to be the most interesting given his offer came the exact day Shannon Dawson was let go as the Wildcats' offensive coordinator.

Q: How does WVU finish the class? Any surprise flips?

A: Expect the Mountaineers to make a strong effort to finish this class with around 5-6 more commitments. They’ll likely be very aggressive with tight end Jovani Haskins, linebacker Brendan Ferns, cornerback Mike Daniels and linebacker Kapri Doucet. Among those committed elsewhere – they’ll work hard to get Pittsburgh offensive lineman commit Zack Williams in for a visit. If that happens his close relationship with Ja'Juan Seider could lead to a change his in commitment.

Q: Is Bob Huggins finished recruiting for 2016?

A: Over the years Bob Huggins has made it clear he’ll always work to improve his team and continue to evaluate additional players. I’m sure that will remain true this year, but I don’t anticipate any late additions.

Q: Is WVU finished recruiting at wide receiver, quarterback and running back?

A: The Mountaineers would like to add another receiver – or tight end. Both Jovani Haskins and Aaron Mathews fit the bill. At this point I wouldn’t expect any additional quarterbacks or running backs in this class.


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