Mixed reports on WVU
The news coming out of Morgantown this was weekend mixed, especially if you are a fan of the Mountaineer football team.
On the one hand, head coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff played host to at least eight high school standouts-more if you include the ‘unofficial ones’ on campus evaluating the program and facilities and deciding if West Virginia University is the school they want to call home for the next four or five years.
Among the group was a pair of 4-star recruits that have literally lit up the message boards on every Internet site as well as one player, Immokalee High School running back Jacky Marcellus, that already has given Holgorsen and his staff a verbal commitment.
The two most talked about (and coveted) appear to be Clairton High School (Clairton, Pa.) safety Tyler Boyd and Cleveland Heights High School (University Heights, Ohio) wide receiver Shelton Gibson.
Boyd, a soft verbal to the University of Pittsburgh, has scholarship offers from 20 schools, including Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Michigan State, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
The 6-foot, 1-inch, 175-pound athlete can play just about anywhere. During his tenure at Cleveland Heights, Boyd played defensive back, running back and wide receiver. It would appear that most of the colleges recruiting him feel that his best position will be at safety.
That’s not the case with Gibson, who most recently is listed as a soft-verbal to WVU by Scout.com.
The slightly less than six-foot wideout has received offers from Tennessee, Auburn, East Carolina, Illinois Mississippi State, Nebraska, Nevada, N.C. State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt and all of them, including WVU, see him as a pass-catcher that has drawn many comparisons to senior all-American Tavon Austin.
Joining that duo in Morgantown over the weekend were 3-star football players Stacy Thomas from Gulliver Preparatory School (Miami, Fla.), Mackenro Alexander from Immokalee High School (Immokalee, Fla.), and Mario Alford and Brandon Golson from Georgia Military (Milledgeville, Ga.). Rounding out the ‘official’ list of visitors was 2-star offensive tackle Grant Lingafelter from Chagrin Falls High School (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Marcellus.
Alford and Golson are both junior college products.
With one final weekend for perspective players to make ‘official’ visits to a school prior to signing day on Wednesday, Feb. 6, Holgorsen and his staff will have one player on campus-Arizona Western Junior College offensive guard Dionte Savage.
But, you can bet that number will go up before Friday.
Depending on which national service you utilize, the Class of 2013 appears to be a Top 25 class nationally and trails only Texas (No. 15), Oklahoma (No. 16) and Oklahoma State (No. 20) in the Mountaineers’ new home-the Big 12.