Most recently, former All-Big 12 selection Nick Kwiatkoski was taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, going to the Chicago Bears with the 15th pick of the fourth round. This year’s incoming recruiting class had quite a few highly rated linebackers, led by St. Clairsville, Ohio All-American Brendan Ferns, a Scout.com four-star player rated 106th overall in the Top 300.
Now, the Mountaineers have zeroed in on a new target for 2017.
A 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, Chase Monroe of Davidson Day School is rated the top linebacker in the state of North Carolina by most recruiting services. Davidson Day coach Chad Grier, who happens to be the father of recent transfer QB Will Grier, brought a group of players up to Morgantown to compete in the 7-on-7 Camp held recently.
Monroe and WVU had not been in contact prior to last weekend, but after Tony Gibson saw Monroe in action, it didn’t take long for the Mountaineer defensive coordinator to pull the trigger. Following one of Davidson Day’s games, Gibson took Monroe up into the stands to have a discussion.
“Coach Gibson offered me after one of our 7-on-7 games. It was about noon on the second day of camp,” Monroe said.
Monroe noted that his first impression of WVU and the campus was a positive one. “I thought the facilities were one of the best I’ve seen," he said. "What’s cool is that they’re still updating everything. The campus was really modern but felt like a traditional college campus."
Monroe came to camp with 12 offers, four of those being Power 5 schools. He also had previously announced a Top 3 of Kentucky, Mississippi State and Wake Forest. Asked if the West Virginia offer changed anything with his recruiting, Monroe said it did.
“Yes (my list) could change," he said. "I like WVU a lot. I’m excited to be recruited by them.”