Exree Loe (photo by Brian Dohn)

Verbal View: Analyzing the Commitment of Exree Loe to West Virginia

Exree Loe endeared himself to Mountaineer fans everywhere by decommitting from Pitt to join the WVU program, but there's much more to like about the defensive back than that.


Loe, who has played both cornerback and safety in high school, will being his career as a safety with the Mountaineers. He has good height, standing six feet tall, and the build to jam and compete physically with receivers throughout routes, Combine that with an aggressive mentality that will make him solid in run support when necessary, and the Johnstown, Pa., product has a good mix of abilities that slot him into any of West Virginia's safety positions.

In coverage, one of Loe's strong suits is closing the gap and breaking on the ball. From a safety position, especially in zone coverage, that's an important skill, and it stands out on Loe's video. He might be two or three steps away from the receiver when the ball is thrown, but he closes down quickly and excels at undercutting the receivers route in order to make a play on the ball. For coaches who exhort 'Play the ball, not the man', Loe is a very good fit.

And, then of course, there's that Pitt decommit. No matter the reason, that's a plus from WVU's perspective.


Now that he has made a second commitment, is another possible? Loe continued to take visits after pledging to Pitt, and as late as a few days before he reopened the recruiting process, he said that he was committed to the Panthers without a doubt. That went by the boards after a visit to Rutgers, and when WVU got him on campus over the spring, the Mountaineers shot to the top of the charts. There's always the possibility of other suitors turning any recruit's head, but when it has already occurred once, it's an item to keep an eye on.


While Loe does have a great break on the ball and is always moving forward for run support, he will need to work on technique in some pass coverage situations. He sometimes executes a full 360-degree spin when reacting to the moves of receivers, and that's almost always a no-no.


Loe is rated as the number two corner in the state of Pennsylvania, but he would also be rated very highly as a safety if that were his primary high school position. His experience in pass coverage gives him a bit of a leg up over others who played strong safety in high school, and might not have had the man-to-man duties downfield that he has experienced. Those rare players who can excel in both pass coverage and run support are the ones that become stars in the Mountaineer defense scheme, and while it's too early to predict that for any recruit, Loe has a nice base of experience upon which to begin his college career.

"They say I can play safety for them and do a lot of things," Loe said of West Virginia's plans for him. "[West Virginia] plays at a high speed and is tough."

Loe is a first team preseason all-state selection by Scout Penn Preps, and held more than a dozen offers from Power Five schools. His ability to play multiple positions in the defensive secondary were attractive to a wide range of schools, and he figures to get even more attention as his senior season unfolds. His commitment gives the Mountaineers as many as seven players in the current group of 14 commits who could play either cornerback or safety, making those positions the highlight of the class to date.

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