08 July 2012
With kids all across the country attending camps and taking vacations before the new season, recruiting can sometimes be slow during the summer months as kids wait until the season to take official visits. For the Mountaineers, seven guys have already made the call to play for the Gold and Blue.
Here is a review of verbal commits to the 2013 class, and some kids to keep an eye on.
The Mountaineers first verbal commitment of the 2013 class came from big offensive lineman, Marcell Lazard. Standing at 6-foot-6, and 293 pounds, Lazard is rated a 3-star by both Scout and Rivals. He visited Ohio State and they almost secured a commitment, but he wanted to talk with his parents before making a final decision. That decision led the talented big man to Morgantown. He had offers from Ohio State, Florida, Miami(FL), South Carolina, and Michigan just to name a few. Date: 4/21/12
WVU secured it's second verbal commit with running back DeShawn Coleman. Coleman is a 6-foot, 170 pound running back from Hermitage, Pa. Coleman rushed for 2,225 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior. Deshawn is rated a 3-star by Rivals. He had offers from Penn State and Purdue. He had interest from Oklahoma State, Michigan State, and Pittsburgh. Date: 4/21/12
The West Virginia coaching staff has reeled in their third commitment for the 2013 class with linebacker Hodari Christian. Standing 6-foot, 210 pounds, he is rated a 3-star by both Rivals and Scout. Known for his speed and athleticism, Christian was targeted by the coaching staff as a perfect fit in the new 3-4 defensive scheme. It's believed he'll be targeted as the linebacker, hybrid defender to roam the entire field. He had offers from Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, and Northwestern to name a few. 5/11/12
The fourth commit came from duel-threat signal caller Chavas Rawlins. The 6-foot-4, 190 quartberback chose the Mountaineers over Tennessee and Duke. He recently trimmed his list to those three schools after sorting through almost a 20 offers. The fact the Rawlins will be the only quarterback recruit in class also played into his commitment. He's already visited Morgantown once during the spring and was able to view a practice session. He hopes to visit again during the summer. Rivals and Scout lists him as a 3-star recruit. He had offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, and Tennessee to name a few. 5/18/12
Next up for West Virginia University is 4-star linebacker Darrien Howard. Darrien is a 6 foot 2, 250 pound middle linebacker for his Dayton (OH) Chaminade-Julienne squad, where he also plays fullback. Howard noted his comfort level with the coaching staff along with the family feel around the program as two of the major reasons for his decision. He has offers from Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, N.C. State to name a few. Howard also had interest from Ohio State. Date: 6/1/12
The West Virginia staff has continued to make progress recruiting the state of Texas, and that process took another step forward with the commitment of Tyler Tezeno. Tyler is a 6-foot-3, 290 pound offensive guard from Houston, Texas. Rated as a 3-star prospect by Scout and Rivals, Tezeno chose the Mountaineers over a list of several high profile offers. That list was led by LSU and included Arizona State, Washington State, Indiana and Northwestern. Date: 6/7/12
West Virginia picked up their seventh verbal commitment as in-state fullback Elijah Wellman (Spring Valley HS, WV) chose the Mountaineers. Wellman, who will play fullback, chose the Mountaineers over offers from Marshall, Bowling Green, Ohio and Charlotte. He will be the only fullback in the 2013 recruiting class. Wellman, 6-foot-3, 235 pounds is rated a 2-star prospect by Scout and the 52nd best middle linebacker in the country. He hasn't been evaluated by a recruiting service as a fullback. Date: 6/18/12
Recruits to watch moving forward
Zaire Williams - RB 5'11'' 188lbs. Offers from Iowa, Pitt, and Purdue to name a few. (Will announce decision 7/9/12)***
Daryl Chestnut - WR/DB 5'11" 190lbs. Offers from FSU, Texas Tech, and NC State to name a few.
Jamel James - RB/S 5'11'' 218lbs. Offers from Arkansas, Houston, USC, and LSU to name a few.
Kingsley Opara - DT 6'4" 275lbs. Offers from Maryland, GT, and Temple to name a few.
Damian Nicholson - S 5'11" 175lbs. Offers from ECU, Liberty, and Charlotte.
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