The state of Florida has traditionally been a recruiting hotbed for West Virginia.In the class of 2016, however, the Mountaineers received an official pledge from one prospect, quarterback Cody Saunders.
That statistical blip, though, likely won't occur again this year. This cycle appears to have West Virginia back in Florida looking to regain their momentum from years past. The Mountaineers have extended a flurry of new offers to Sunshine State prospects, most recently to Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) running back Mike Epstein.
“I’m really blessed for the opportunities I’m receiving,” Epstein said. “I’ve been in contact with Coach [Ja'Juan] Seider for a little while. So this offer wasn’t a surprise.”
Epstein, who runs a verified 4.4 40-yard dash, boasts offers from a variety of programs including Michigan, Cincinnati, Temple, Syracuse and UCF, among others. Given his dynamic skill set, he believes he could flourish in the Mountaineers' offensive scheme.
“I know they run a very explosive offense,” Epstein explained, describing WVU's attack. “I’m very versatile. I've got great speed, cuts, and hands and have the ability to take it to the end zone every time I touch it. A lot of people and coaches have been comparing me to (Stanford running back) Christian McCaffrey.”
The 5-foot-11, 178-pound Scout.com three-star prospect verbally committed to Illinois back in August of 2015. However, he remains committed to the recruiting process and doing his due diligence with each school becoming involved in his recruitment.
“I’m going to explore every option that I’m blessed to receive and go from there," he said of his approach.
Epstein hopes to visit West Virginia in the near future.