11 May 2012
The West Virginia football staff has been putting in the hours along the recruiting trail recently, and they've been doing so in the state ofTexas.
Within the past week, the Mountaineer coaches have handed out several offers in the Lonestar State. Some to already national rated prospects, and others to kids just picking up steam on the national circuit.
DB Steve Wesley: Bowie HS (Arlinton, TX)
This 6-1, 175 pound defensive back was excited to get an offer from the Mountaineers. In addition to WVU, he's been offered by Wake Forest and TCU. At the moment, he appears to be leaning towards the Horned Frogs.
Known as a speedy (4.48-40 yard dash) lock down corner, he would be a welcome addition to any school in the pass-happy Big 12.
RB Jamel James: Cinco Ranch HS (Katy, TX )
This one time Arkansas commit has since opened things up since the coaching change with the Razorbacks. It didn't take long for WVU to jump into the mix, although they're not alone. James hold offers from the Mountaineers, Clemson, LSU, Baylor and Texas Tech.
James, a 4-star recruit by Scout.com, would be a perfect back in the WVU system. The 6-0, 200 pound senior is known for his power and tackle-breaking ability. As a junior, he rushed for 1,011 yards and 16 touchdowns.
DB Maurice Smith: Mansfield Timberview HS (Arlinton, TX)
A lot of times in recruiting, the first school to offer a recruit winds up with the eventual prize. That's what the WVU staff is hoping for here. Although Smith has gained interest from schools such as Texas Tech, Houston, and Southern Miss, the Mountaineers were his first offer.
Smith, a 6-0, 190 pound bruiser, is known for his combination of speed and strength. His forty time (4.4) is outstanding, and is tackling is spectacular. While WVU has offered as a defensive back, he also plays linebacker for his high school. He plans to visit Morgantown this summer.
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