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.
West Virginia’s emerging reputation as a producer of top wide receivers is helping. The Mountaineers are among the two schools contending for a commitment from 3-star wide receiver Winston Wright.
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder from Memorial Day School in Savannah, Ga., also lists Boston College as the other school he is other finalist.
— Winston Wright Jr. (@jetlifewright) May 2, 2018
247 Sports.com recruiting analyst Chris Anderson reports that Wright received a visit from West Virginia wide receivers coach Tyron Carrier earlier this week.
After talking with him, Wright placed the Mountaineers and Boston College as his finalists. Those are the only two schools he plans to visit this spring.
“Coach Carrier came down (Monday) and it meant a lot,” Wright told Anderson. “It definitely changed my feeling a lot.”
His current plans are to inspect Morgantown on June 4. His final decision is set to be made five days later.
“I just wanna go up there and get a feel for the school,” Wright said. “I already know they’re good coaches and they’re gonna push me to get where I wanna go.”
He will visit Boston and meet with Boston College coaches later this month.
Wright is gauged in the latest 247 rankings as the nation’s No. 65 athlete and No. 71 among prospects in Georgia.
West Virginia class rankings this week
With no new additions, the Mountaineers fell to No. 38 this week after being ranked No. 35 last week in the 247Sports composite team rankings. It marked the seventh consecutive week the Mountaineers’ ranking has dropped.
Their slide pushes them to fifth among Big 12 schools for the Class of 2019, trailing No. 2 Oklahoma (down from No. 1), No. 16 TCU (up from No. 19), No. 23 Texas (up from No. 29) and No. 26 Iowa State (down from No. 24).
Michael Carmody has already visited the West Virginia campus when his older brother, Robby, made a basketball recruiting trip to Morgantown in 2014.
Robby Carmody didn’t pick West Virginia. But his little brother — all 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds of him — promises to give the Mountaineers serious consideration this time around.
The 4-star tight end/defensive end prospect from Mars, Pa., received an offer from the Mountaineers earlier this week in the Class of 2020.
Honored to receive an offer from West Virginia University! 🔶🔷 pic.twitter.com/xaJ34Puw1h
— Michael Carmody (@MichaelCarmod10) May 1, 2018
Carmody has been offered by a select group of Power Five schools including Pitt, Michigan and Maryland. But the chance to West Virginia is appealing, he said.
“I’m pretty excited,” Carmody told EerSports. “I’ve been to a game and the atmosphere was insane. It’s pretty sweet to have a Big 12 offer, too.”
Carmody is expected to attend a summer camp with the Mountaineers. He will have a chance to exhibit his receiving and pass-rushing skills at that time.
He’s currently ranked as the nation’s No. 3 tight end prospect nationally in his recruiting class and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Pennsylvania for the 2020 class. Many schools see his current size and project him as a tackle in college because of his growth possibilities.
A big camp where his receiving skills are on display could convince West Virginia coaches he is more of a receiving prospect.
Offers, by the numbers
Reported offers: 186
5-star offers: 3
4-star offers: 45
In-state recruits offered: 5
Texas recruits offered: 6
Georgia recruits offered: 34
Florida recruits offered: 27
North Carolina recruits offered: 23
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 still is perceived as 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.
Some were surprised he didn’t immediately commit after his visit to the Mountaineers last month.
He has strong interest in several other schools, most notably Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, UCF and USF.
Other schools have also become involved in recent weeks. Florida, Florida State, North Carolina State and Oklahoma State have been in touch with him. They have all asked him to delay his decision, which works against the Mountaineers.
This stall might have led the Mountaineers to show their interest last week in 3-star quarterback Connor Bazelak of Archbishop Alter of Dayton, Ohio, last week.
With the departures of backups David Israel and Chris Chugunov, the Mountaineers have three scholarship quarterbacks on their roster. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them add another player at the position this year, even if Maurer picks them.
Earlier this week, Maurer picked up another scholarship offer from Troy.
— Brian Maurer (@maurerera_2) May 3, 2018
3-star CB MJ Devonshire, Aliquippa, Pa.
MJ Devonshire isn’t the biggest of recruits at 5-11 and 170 pounds, but his athleticism has caught the attention of West Virginia recruiters. The Mountaineers were one of his earliest recruiters after he visited for a junior day in January.
He is leaning to the Mountaineers and Ohio State, visiting both programs last month.
But West Virginia could be in the driver’s seat because of the Mountaineers’ early offer. Devonshire also holds a strong connection to the Mountaineers after they plucked his former high school teammate Kwantel Raines, a 4-star recruit in the Class of 2018 who is considered a key incoming recruit.
Devonshire ranks 11th among Pennsylvania recruits and 50th among cornerbacks nationally.
Among his other Power 5 suitors include Indiana, Michigan State and Maryland.
Check out my highlight – https://t.co/TOtc0rjDKi
— mj devonshire jr™ (@Mjdevonshirejr) February 8, 2018
3-star S Amir Richardson, University (Morgantown, W.Va.)
Amir Richardson’s skill set would make him particularly attractive in the Big 12. And it’s always significant for the Mountaineers to lock down the state’s borders and keep out-of-state poachers away from the best local players.
Richardson is a 6-2, 200-pound safety/receiver who appears to have the physicality to play in a Power 5 conference.
After attending West Virginia’s junior day in February, he visited Kentucky last month and has an upcoming trip to inspect Temple. The hometown recruit also has received offers from Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Marshall and four Ivy League schools.
Richardson has told 247Sports.com and others that he plans to delay his decision until the fall. He attended Penn State’s spring game last month and has trips scheduled to Louisville and Virginia Tech.
He picked up his 10th offer earlier this week from Air Force.
Blessed to recieve my 10th offer from the Air Force Academy!!✈️ pic.twitter.com/Yuv2XicThL
— Amir Richardson🥀 (@TheAmirRich) May 2, 2018
Despite growing up in Morgantown, Richardson told Adam Krohn of the whiteandgold.com that West Virginia shouldn’t necessarily be presumed as the leader in his recruitment.
“I wouldn’t say West Virginia has an edge,” Richardson said. “But I’m most familiar with them. [Mountaineers assistant Tony] Gibson can drive 7 minutes and be at my school, and [coach] Dana Holgorsen’s son, Logan, is my quarterback, so they’re going to see me play more than anyone else. I take unofficial visits and attend their camps, but I’m still going to look at all my options.”
Richardson ranks as the nation’s No. 59 safety and fourth-best recruit in West Virginia.
3-star RB Tyler Goodson, North Gwinnett, Suwanee, Ga.
How intrigued is Tyler Goodson about playing for the Mountaineers?
He visited campus over the snowy weekend of the spring game last month. And it still didn’t deter his interest in keeping the Mountaineers among his favorites.
Goodson’s visit was unofficial, but it was significant considering it’s been his only one this spring. The early trip appears to show his early interest in the Mountaineers.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pounder holds more than 20 offers from Power 5 schools Iowa State, Iowa, Colorado and Nebraska.
— by Ali Edwards (@1AEPHOTOS) April 24, 2018
But he came away impressed with the Mountaineers and their program after the visit.
“They’re definitely at the top,” Goodson told 247 Sports.com. “I really had a great visit and could see myself in the program.”
— Tyler Goodson(Tgood) (@tgood1110) April 6, 2018
Mor recruiting visits will follow for Goodson throughout the summer. He aims to make his commitment before the season begins.
Goodson ranks as the 31st top all-purpose back in the nation and the No. 51 prospect in the state of Georgia.
Here is a breakdown of the five Mountaineers signees 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 current commits by state:
Georgia: 1 (Stoudemire)
North Carolina: 1 (Kpogba)
Ohio: 1 (Thornton)
Pennsylvania: 1 (McGhee)
West Virginia: 1 (Grantham)
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