Welcome to our weekly wrap-up of everything happening with West Virginia football recruiting. In this edition, we discuss the Mountaineers’ recruiting plans as their coaches head toward the upcoming dead period for recruiting.
The West Virginia coaching staff understandably rolled out the red carpet when the nation’s top junior college defensive tackle prospect made a quick visit to Morgantown earlier this week.
Savion Williams of Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College would provide an immediate boost at West Virginia — just as he would at any other school in the Big 12. Calling him the answer to a big need for the Mountaineers would be a monumental understatement.
“They said they have a lot of linemen leaving and they really need an experienced guy to come in and fill a spot in the rotation on the defensive line,” Williams told 247 Sports.com recruiting reporter Chris Anderson.
— Qb’s Worst Nightmare👹 (@50reazons) June 19, 2018
Williams, a 6-foot-4, 315-pound lineman who played high school football at Dr. Henry Wise in Washington, D.C., received offers from Tennessee and Georgia after visiting the Mountaineers. Other schools he is considering include North Carolina State, Maryland, Nebraska, Pitt, Temple and Alabama State.
West Virginia has a pipeline from Lackawanna in Scranton, Pa. Among the former Falcons who played at West Virginia before making NFL rosters include the White brothers — Kevin, Ka’Raun and Kyzir — as well as Josh Francis and Mark Glowinski.
The self-proclaimed Quarterback’s Worst Nightmare, according to his Twitter feed, would be a boon for West Virginia if the Mountaineers can convince him to commit.
He doesn’t have a deadline as to when he wants to make a decision. He told Anderson he plans to return to Morgantown for the Showtime Camp late next month.
Williams is ranked as the No. 15 prospect on the 247Sports composite for the junior college Class of 2019. He is the top-ranked defensive tackle prospect on that list and the No. 2 player from the Washington area.
West Virginia class rankings this week
With no additions, the Mountaineers tumbled to No. 72 this week in the 247Sports composite team rankings after being ranked No. 61 last week. It marked the 13th consecutive week the Mountaineers’ ranking has dropped. They have not picked up a commitment during that span.
The slide pushes them to eighth among Big 12 schools for the Class of 2019. They trail No. 3 Oklahoma (unchanged from last week), No. 13 Texas (unchanged), No. 24 TCU (down from No. 19), No. 25 Oklahoma State (up from No. 32), No. 34 Iowa State (down from No. 31), No. 36 Texas Tech (up from No. 63) and No. 41 Baylor (down from No. 38).
Connor Bazelak was one of a number of Class of 2019 quarterbacks who had piqued West Virginia’s interest over the last few months.
But Bazelak, a 6-3, 207-pound quarterback at Dayton (Ohio) Archbishop Alter, chose Missouri from among his 25 offers.
— Connor Bazelak (@BazelakConnor) June 17, 2018
Bazelak became Missouri’s fourth commit and eliminated a strong potential quarterback prospect for the Mountaineers.
Bazelak is the No. 20 pro-style quarterback and the No. 582 overall player in his class.
Offers, by the numbers
5-star offers: 4
4-star offers: 52
In-state recruits offered: 5
Texas recruits offered: 6
Georgia recruits offered: 43
Florida recruits offered: 33
North Carolina recruits offered: 31
Ohio recruits offered: 21
Pennsylvania recruits offered: 18
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 remains the Mountaineers’ top quarterback target and has been for several months. Last May he became the first quarterback offered by the Mountaineers in the Class of 2019. He visited the program in April and appeared set to headline the class.
Instead, Maurer made it known he wanted to visit other programs. That decision led West Virginia to cease communications with him for several weeks.
No members of the West Virginia staff visited him during the spring evaluation period.
West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has renewed his pitch, informing Maurer he remains highly valued by the West Virginia program.
Maurer is continuing to visit other programs. His most recent offer came Wednesday from Tennessee.
— Brian Maurer (@maurerera_2) June 20, 2018
“It was definitely, definitely a blessing to get the offer,” Maurer told 247Sports recruiting reporter Ryan Callahan. “Tennessee’s a great school, great history. One of my favorite quarterbacks of all time, Peyton Manning, went there.
“And just being able to see some of the top-notch facilities they have, it’s truly a blessing.”
— Brian Maurer (@maurerera_2) June 20, 2018
Maurer is visiting another contender, Ohio State, this week. He arrived in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday and is scheduled to participate in the Buckeyes’ Friday Night Lights camp in hopes of landing another offer.
The renewed interest in Maurer comes on the heels of his big effort earlier this month at the Nike Elite 11 Finals in Redondo Beach, Calif. He is among the 12 quarterbacks set to participate at The Opening Finals near Dallas next weekend.
Brian Maurer remains among top uncommitted QBs
Maurer remains one of only two Elite 11 quarterbacks who is uncommitted. The other is Jayden Daniels of San Bernardino, Calif.
Maurer’s recent surge has propelled him to the No. 491 prospect in the nation, the No. 18 pro-style quarterback prospect and the No. 61 player in Florida in the most recent 247Sports composite rankings.
He has said he expects to make his decision by the end of next month.
3-star CB MJ Devonshire, Aliquippa, Pa.: The recruiting battle for MJ Devonshire involving Ohio State and West Virginia continues to percolate.
The Buckeyes and Mountaineers are considered the favorites for the 5-11, 170-pound Devonshire.
His tradition-rich program at Aliquippa High School has produced an array of NFL stars. Most notable on that list are Mike Ditka, Ty Law, Sean Gilbert and Darrelle Revis.
Devonshire picked up an offer earlier this month from Pitt. It took the Panthers several months to decide to offer a player who developed in their backyard, but they appear to be making up ground.
His national profile skyrocketed when he earned the MVP award last month for defensive backs at The Opening regional in Massillon, Ohio.
Devonshire ranks No. 464 nationally, No. 42 among cornerbacks and No. 7 among Pennsylvania recruits.
Other schools he is considering include Indiana, Michigan State and Maryland.
His athleticism and willingness to attack receivers in press coverage make him an intriguing prospect. His return ability provides an additional value boost.
3-star T Jonathan Allen, Dunbar, Dayton, Ohio: After attending Louisville’s Friday Night camp last week, Jonathan Allen is stacking up offers the same way that he produces pancake blocks.
Ohio State remains the heavy favorite for Allen, who visited the Buckeyes’ camp after earning an offer from the program two weeks ago. He’s made several other visits to Urban Meyer’s campus in recent months.
— Jonathan.Allen (@Jon110900) February 12, 2018
But he still hasn’t decided on a school, giving the Mountaineers at least a puncher’s chance of attracting the 6-6, 315-pound tackle.
Cincinnati and Wisconsin are the other leading 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 suddenly has developed a strong interest in Iowa.
Goodson is scheduled to make his college announcement on July 3. His finalists are Iowa, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
I’ll be committing July 3rd‼️👀
— Tyler Goodson(Tgood) (@tgood1110) June 11, 2018
He spent time earlier this month at Wake Forest’s camp.
Wake forest this weekend‼️🎩 #GoDeacs
— Tyler Goodson(Tgood) (@tgood1110) June 1, 2018
Earlier, he was intrigued with Michigan State after initially listing the Mountaineers as his No. 1 choice.
Goodson has made it known to all of his suitors that he wants to play early in his college career.
An array of West Virginia coaches have visited Goodson in recent weeks. Goodson’s productive wide receiver teammate, Josh Downs, also has been offered by the Mountaineers, according to 247Sports.
Goodson ranks No. 39 among running back recruits in the nation and is the No. 61 prospect in Georgia.
A breakdown of the Mountaineers commits 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)
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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