The West Virginia coaching staff shifts its attention to a crucial recruiting weekend today, playing host to group of visitors headlined by a pair of four-star prospects who are currently uncommitted. BlueGoldNews.com breaks down each prospect and provides insight into where things stand in their recruitment.
Brendan Ferns , LB, St. Clairsville (Oh.)
Easily one of the most coveted prospects remaining on the Mountaineers’ big board, Ferns is an essential key to finishing strongly with the class of 2016. The talented linebacker is down to two schools – West Virginia and Penn State. After missing his visit last weekend to see the Nitany Lions making it to Morgantown will be a huge boost.
Ferns is planning to make a final announcement of signing day.
Justin Crawford, RB, Northwest Mississippi J.C.
With the surprising departure of running back Wendell Smallwood, the West Virginia coaching staff scrambled to find a replacement. Their search led them to four-star junior college back Justin Crawford.
After rushing for 1,610 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season for Northwest Mississippi, Crawford was named the 2015 NJCAA offensive player of the year. Since earning those accolades his recruitment has skyrocketed – earning offers from WVU, South Carolina, Missouri, Utah and Louisville.
Crawford met earlier this week with a trio of Mountaineer coaches and quickly scheduled his official visit for the weekend. The main competition appears to be Missouri, where his visited last weekend.
Craig Smith, OL, Tyler J.C.
West Virginia will host talented junior college offensive tackle Craig Smith who is currently committed to South Florida. A relatively new name to the recruiting front, Smith is anticipating getting to know the Mountaineers more.
“I’m wanting to see if it’s somewhere I would be comfortable and feel at home,” Smith told BlueGoldNews.
Smith plans to decide between West Virginia, South Florida and UCF on signing day.