Welcome to our weekly wrap-up of everything happening with West Virginia football recruiting. In this edition, we discuss the Mountaineers’ recruiting plans as coaches continue with their spring evaluations.
His speed has most of the schools interested in him considering him as a defensive back, wide receiver and kick returner despite his lithe size.
He’s visited Clemson, and schools that have offered him include Temple, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College.
Here’s a look at Watts’ Hudl highlights package:
Watts is currently unranked in 247 Sports.com’s composite list for national and state lists.
West Virginia class rankings this week
With no additions, the Mountaineers fell to No. 48 this week, after being ranked No. 46 last week in the 247Sports composite team rankings. It marked the 10th consecutive week the Mountaineers’ ranking has dropped in these rankings.
The slide pushes them to seventh among Big 12 schools for the Class of 2019. They trail No. 2 Oklahoma (unchanged), No. 15 Texas (up from No. 20), No. 18 TCU (down from No. 16), No. 29 Iowa State (up from No. 32), No. 31 Baylor (down from No. 29) and No. 35 Oklahoma State (down from No. 33).
West Virginia could have the nation’s top quarterback this season if Will Grier returns healthy and plays to his expectations.
A monster season for Grier could help West Virginia in other ways. A stellar season could mean it would be that much easier for the Mountaineers’ hopes of attracting future great players.
Leaving nothing to chance, the Mountaineers offered the Class of 2020’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback, DJ Uiagalelei, of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif.
— 🌟 DJ Uiagalelei 🌟 (@DJUiagalelei) May 28, 2018
The Mountaineers clearly weren’t the first to judge the talent in the 6-foot-4, 240-pound quarterback.
His school is well known for producing talent. Its more notable alumni include former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and former Boston Red Sox standout Nomar Garciaparra.
Uiagalelei has been offered by more than 40 schools already. Nearby USC is judged to be the early favorite.
But the Mountaineers have staked their claim and hope another big season from Grier will boost their national profile that much more.
Offers, by the numbers
Reported offers: 212
5-star offers: 4
4-star offers: 46
In-state recruits offered: 5
Texas recruits offered: 6
Georgia recruits offered: 42
Florida recruits offered: 32
North Carolina recruits offered: 31
Ohio recruits offered: 20
Pennsylvania recruits offered: 17
OLB Dewayne Grantham, 3 stars, Martinsburg, W.Va.
OLB Lee Kpogba, 3 stars, Parkland (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
K Kolton McGhee, 3 stars, Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona, Pa.)
WR Deshon Stoudemire, 3 stars, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
DE Jalen Thornton, 3 stars, Indian Hill (Cincinnati)
4 top uncommitted targets
3-star QB Brian Maurer, West Port, Ocala, Fla.:
Brian Maurer seemingly remains the Mountaineers’ top quarterback target and has been for several months. He was the first quarterback offered by the Mountaineers in the Class of 2019.
Maurer will get a chance to show his mettle this weekend at the Elite 11 Finals in Redondo, Calif.
Organizers expect 24 top quarterbacks will participate in the competition. All are hopeful of earning one of the 12 slots for quarterbacks at The Opening Finals near Dallas on June 29-July 3.
Interest is picking up for Maurer, who has met with coaches from Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Florida since his trip to West Virginia earlier this spring. These coaches have asked him to delay his decision, which clearly works against the Mountaineers.
A big performance in California could make West Virginia’s quest to sign Maurer that much more difficult.
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See you in Los Angeles, Brian Maurer!
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— Elite11 (@Elite11) May 11, 2018
3-star CB MJ Devonshire, Aliquippa, Pa.:
The recruiting battle for MJ Devonshire involving Ohio State and West Virginia appears to be heating up.
Devonshire picked up an offer earlier this week from Pitt. It is a surprise that it took the Panthers so long to offer a player who grew up so close to their campus.
During a recent trip to Morgantown, Devonshire was impressed with the Mountaineers’ team-building exercises. While there, he had a chance to play dodgeball with his old friend, former high school teammate and West Virginia freshman safety Kwantel Raines.
“It’s a great fit because one, Kwantel [Raines] is going,” Devonshire told 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. “The chemistry between us would be there, and he’ll be able to help me with the defense coming in.”
Some have speculated that Raines’ commitment to the Mountaineers might have been the reason why Pitt slow-played Devonshire.
His national profile skyrocketed when he earned the MVP award last month among all defensive backs at The Opening Regional in Massillon, Ohio.
— Rivals Camp Series (@RivalsCamp) May 6, 2018
After that camp, Devonshire soared from 11th to fifth among Pennsylvania recruits, according to the 247Sports composite ratings. He also rose from 50th to 37th among cornerbacks nationally.
Other schools he is considering include Indiana, Michigan State and Maryland.
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3-star T Jonathan Allen, Dunbar, Dayton, Ohio:
The Mountaineers’ hopes of getting Jonathan Allen could be a little more daunting after home-state Ohio State offered him earlier this week.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle’s combination of size and footwork caught the attention of Buckeyes coaches.
Ohio State is expected to take five to six offensive linemen in its upcoming class, according to 247 Sports analyst Bill Greene.
Cincinnati and Kentucky also appear to be the suitors for Allen, who ranks as the No. 17 prospect in Ohio and the state’s No. 2 tackle, according to the 247Sports composite.
3-star RB Tyler Goodson, North Gwinnett, Suwanee, Ga.
After being extremely vocal about his interest in West Virginia, running back Tyler Goodson now appears to be intrigued with Michigan State.
Goodson was offered by Michigan State co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner last month, 247 Sports recruiting reporter Sean Scherer reported.
His top 8 consists of West Virginia, Kentucky, Iowa, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Washington State and Michigan State.
An array of West Virginia coaches have visited him in recent weeks. 247Sports reports Goodson’s productive wide receiver teammate Josh Downs also has been offered by the Mountaineers.
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And the Mountaineers and their program have impressed him.
“They’re definitely at the top,” Goodson earlier told 247 Sports.com. “I really had a great visit and could see myself in the program.”
Among his upcoming visits are trips to Nebraska, Iowa State and Michigan State. He said he expects to make his decision before the season starts.
Goodson ranks No. 40 among all-purpose backs in the nation and is the No. 62 prospect in the state of Georgia.
Here is a breakdown of the Mountaineers commits to date by position. West Virginia expects to sign 26 players in this class.
WR: 1/4 (Stoudemire)
DL: 1/4 (Thornton)
OLB: 2/2 (Grantham, Kpogba)
K: 1/1 (McGhee)
Here is a breakdown of West Virginia’s five commits by state:
Georgia: 1 (Stoudemire)
North Carolina: 1 (Kpogba)
Ohio: 1 (Thornton)
Pennsylvania: 1 (McGhee)
West Virginia: 1 (Grantham)
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