West Virginia recruiting has been on a bit of a hot streak after hiring Neal Brown. As the Mountaineers try to build off of their 5-7 season in 2019, they have started to gain some serious momentum.
West Virginia Recruiting
West Virginia has been impressive on the recruiting trail. They currently sit at third in the Big 12 based on average recruit rank and have a top 40 class overall. While they don’t have Texas or Oklahoma type recruits, Neal Brown has a commit from Wyatt Milum. He would be the fifth highest rated recruit since 2000 to come to West Virginia.
Not only has the recruiting improve, but Neal Brown is capitalizing on the new world of college football.
Brown has acknowledged that WVU would like to add at least two transfers who could help right away, with a third immediate-impact player being possible. The Mountaineers are looking specifically for an offensive lineman, a defensive lineman and perhaps a defensive back. Finding a player capable of helping right away typically leads to the grad transfer market. There are still plenty of grad transfers available, but getting them an opportunity to visit campus before they have to make a decision doesn’t appear likely.Via BlueGold News
While COVID has caused some recruiting struggles for everyone, Neal Brown hasn’t been shy of landing both grad transfers and players from the portal. 2020 is no different as Coach Brown is looking to land more transfers to fill out his roster.
2019 featured some prominent transfers from Austin Kendall, to Jarret Doege or George Campbell. This is also a prime example of Neal brown taping into every possible resource. From recruiting West Virginia again, to JUCO players and even grad transfers or portal players.
As I mentioned in previous articles, West Virginia is a tough place to recruit. Jump starting the roster with experience while your first recruiting classes come into their own is a major plus. We have seen coaches like Bill Synder build his rosters by going off the beaten path and it paid dividends for Kansas State.
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