July 26, 2011

2012 Recruiting Hot Board





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  Ford Childress  








Temperature Take:



A prototypical pocket passing quarterback, Childress committed to the Mountaineers in April while on an unofficial visit. Recently, won top QB honors at the Texas 7-on-7 state championships and was one of the most accurate passers in attendance, displaying good arm strength and decision making. Has picked up offers from Arizona and Arizona State, with others including Oklahoma State showing interest but remains firmly committed to the Mountaineers and plans on enrolling early to participate in spring drills.


Kinkaid High School

Houston, TX


Ht: 6'4

Wt: 210

40: 4.8


Other Offers:

Arizona, Arizona State




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  Albert Reid  








Temperature Take:



A bigger running back, Reid committed to the Mountaineers while on an unofficial visit in June citing his comfort level with the coaching staff and Morgantown.


Friendship Collegiate Academy

Washington, D.C.


Ht: 5'11

Wt: 195

40: 4.5


Other Offers:

Iowa, Cincy, Stanford, Colorado, Vandy, Duke


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  J.T. Washington  








Temperature Take:



Washington committed to the Mountaineers in the beginning of June after holding West Virginia as his top school since his initial visit for a junior day in February. An explosive athlete and great receiver out of the backfield, Washington's versatilty could see him in a number of positions during his West Virginia career including running back, slot receiver and on special teams.


Satellite

Satellite Beach, FL


Ht: 5'9

Wt: 165

40: 4.48


Other Offers:

Maryland, Indiana, FAU


Articles:

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  Deontay McManus  








Temperature Take:



A Rivals.com 4-star wide receiver, McManus committed to the Mountaineers after a trip to Morgantown for the 7-on-7 passing tournament. A big bodied physical presence on the outside, McManus is very athletic. But while he remains committed to the Mountaineers, he still plans to take his five official visits this fall.


Dunbar High School

Baltimore, MD


Ht: 6'2

Wt: 215

40: 4.5


Other Offers:

Bama, Auburn, UGA, OSU, PSU, Tenn, Mich, Iowa, among others


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  Devonte Robinson  








Temperature Take:



A big athletic outside wide receiver that is a playmaker. Was a priority of the staff on the outside. Committed to the Mountaineers in mid-July, but did not rule out possibly taking visits later this fall.


Village Academy

Delray Beach, FL


Ht: 6'2

Wt: 175

40: 4.47


Other Offers:

Mich St, UConn, Wake, Minn, Illinois, among others


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  Cyrus Jones 








Temperature Take:




A West Virginia legacy, Jones is the son of a former basketball player with the same name. Very athletic and explosive athlete, visited this winter for a junior day with teammates. Currently has West Virginia in his top six schools with Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Maryland, Penn State and Oregon. Da'Quan Davis, a West Virginia commitment, has been working hard on Jones.

Gilman School

Baltimore, MD


Ht: 5'11

Wt: 183

40: 4.49


Other Offers:

Bama, Auburn, Florida, OSU, PSU, Oregon, Miami (FL), among others


Articles:

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  Joel Caleb  








Temperature Take:



Caleb is a big wide receiver, that could play a number of positions at the college level. Recently named FSU, UGA and WVU as three schools that will definitely make the cut for his services. However, it's believed that Virginia Tech is the leader for his services and Caleb must visit Morgantown before West Virginia can be considered a major player in this race. It's been reported that Caleb is planning to check out Morgantown before his high school team begins practices in early August.


Clover Hill

Midlothian, VA


Ht: 6'2

Wt: 201

40: 4.6


Other Offers:

VT, FSU, UGA, Bama, Florida, ND, Okla, PSU, among others


Articles:

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  Alton Howard  








Temperature Take:



Howard is a very shifty slot prospect, that recently narrowed his list to six schools (UCF, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, South Carolina and Cincinnati). "Coach David Lockwood is recruiting me hard also. We have a good connection. He came to see me twice during the spring. We talk probably two or three times a week through different things like Facebook. They treat me well. I just like how hard he is recruiting me." Plans to visit this fall on an official visit, and have a decision this fall as well.


Edgewater

Orlando, FL


Ht: 5'9

Wt: 170

40: 4.4


Other Offers:

Florida, Cincy, South Carolina, UCF, Tenn


Articles:

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  D'Vario Montgomery  








Temperature Take:



Montgomery has previously said he wanted to visit Morgantown to check out the campus, but in recent interviews has mentioned Alabama, Florida, UCF and USF as schools that are sticking out. Like Joel Caleb, would need to make it to campus for West Virginia to become a player in this race.


Winter Park

Winter Park, FL


Ht: 6'2

Wt: 205

40: 4.6


Other Offers:

Bama, Florida, LSU, UGA, FSU, ND, USF, among others


Articles:

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  Malcom Lewis  








Temperature Take:



Although West Virginia has established a solid pipleine at former Mountaineer Damon Cogdell's Miami area high school, Lewis will be a tough pull. With offers from the "Big Three" instate, like many others receivers West Virginia will need to get him on campus. Recently named Miami (Fla.), Florida, Florida State and LSU as his top four..


Miramar

Miramar, FL


Ht: 5'11

Wt: 170


40: 4.5


Other Offers:

Miami (FL), FSU, Florida, OSU, Nebraska, among others


Articles:

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  Deandre Jasper  








Temperature Take:



A quick, athletic Miami area prospect, Jasper got an offer from the Mountaineers a couple weeks ago. But it's an offer from the local Hurricanes that the wideout covets. Recently visited UCF and was impressed, plans to visit schools on official visits this fall and West Virginia would need to secure on of those to be in the race. Plans fall decision.


Jackson

Miami, FL


Ht: 5'11

Wt: 180

40: 4.5


Other Offers:

Auburn, FSU, USF, Ole Miss, Rutgers, UVA, among others


Articles:

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  Devonte Mathis  








Temperature Take:



Like Lewis, Mathis is sorting out his options and in an interview with WVSports.com in the spring he said his interest in West Virginia was growing. But it appears to be an uphill battle against the Seminoles and other suitors. Has no timetable for a decision.


Miramar

Miramar, FL


Ht: 6'2

Wt: 210

40: 4.66


Other Offers:

FSU, OSU, USF, Ole Miss, Wake, UCF


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  Ray Martin  








Temperature Take:



West Virginia was the first offer for the talented wide receiver, and has been stuck in his mind since. But recently Martin has picked up offers from a number of other suitors including North Carolina, Virginia and Iowa. Plans to take his time with his decision and take officials in the fall.


Seminole

Sanford, FL


Ht: 5'10

Wt: 195

40: 4.42


Other Offers:

UNC, UVA, GT, Iowa, Indiana, Wake, Vandy, among others


Articles:

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  Amari Cooper  








Temperature Take:



Cooper, a teammate of West Virginia commitment Imarjaye Albury, is a skilled wide receiver prospect that has caught the attention of a number of programs.  Cooper has said he plans to visit West Virginia, but it will be a tough battle with schools such as Miami, Florida State and Ohio State in the race.


Northwestern

Miami, FL


Ht: 6'1

Wt: 175

40: 4.5


Other Offers:

Miami (FL), FSU, OSU, UCF, Vandy, Wake


Articles:

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  Jared Crump 








Temperature Take:



Hasn't began to narrow his list yet, but Crump had nothing but good things to say when he got his offer from West Virginia in March. Wants to visit to find out more about the program. West Virginia also has offered his teammate defensive end Korey Harris.


Northwestern

Fruit Cove, FL


Ht: 6'3

Wt: 185

40: 4.52


Other Offers:

NS State, Wake, Cincy, Vandy, Duke, among others


Articles:

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  Fred McRae  








Temperature Take:



McRae plans to visit Morgantown this fall and has said he's been hearing a lot from the West Virginia coaches.


Chaminade Madonna

Hollywood, FL


Ht: 5'9

Wt: 160

40: 4.5


Other Offers:

Illinois, Kansas, USF, UCF


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  Roger Lewis  UNRANKED








Temperature Take:



Lewis has been impressing at every camp he's stopped at this summer, and that was no different when he attended the West Virginia one-day camp in late June. Is highly interested in West Virginia and is excited about the offense, and the coaching staff. Admits that an offer from Ohio State could change his recruiting picture, but has the Mountaineers and Bearcats on top at the moment. Plans to have a decision by the end of his summer, and if things proceed as they are all signs are pointing up for West Virginia.


Central

Pickerington, OH


Ht: 6'1

Wt: 195

40: 4.42


Other Offers:

Arizona, CIncy, Toledo Bowling Green, among others


Articles:

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  Jalen Gee  UNRANKED








Temperature Take:



Gee has long favored the Mountaineers and will be visiting with his family in tow for camp at the end of July. Academic issues have caused a number of schools to hold back on offers at this point, but the wideout has been working hard in the classroom to make up for prior mishaps.


Frederick

Frederick, MD


Ht: 6'1

Wt: 170

40: 4.57


Other Offers:

None, but strong Interest from numerous schools


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  Shakim Alonzo  UNRANKED








Temperature Take:



Alonzo is a fairly new name on the recruiting board, but recently placed the Mountaineers in his top five along with Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Pitt and Purdue. Plans to visit West Virginia either later this summer or this fall.


Woodland Hills

Pittsburgh, PA


Ht: 6'5

Wt: 205

40: 4.6


Other Offers:

Pitt, Wisconsin, Purdue, Cincy, among others


Articles:

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  Ricky Jones  UNRANKED








Temperature Take:



Jones got an offer from West Virginia earlier in the process, but hasn't said much about his recruitment recently. Plans to visit West Virginia at some point.


Booker

Sarasota, FL


Ht: 5'10

Wt: 170

40: 4.5


Other Offers:

UNC, USF, Texas Tech, among others


Articles:

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  Brandon Napoleon  








Temperature Take:



Napoleon decided to follow in his father Eugene's footsteps and commit to the Mountaineers at the end of an unofficial visit in mid-June. A very versatile athlete that plays quarterback in high school. At West Virginia he's been recruited as an athlete, with the opportunity to play quarterback or most likely as a defensive back.


St. Peter's Prep

Jersey City, NJ


Ht: 6'0

Wt: 175

40: 4.45


Other Offers:

UNC, Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana, Uconn, Temple, among others


Articles:

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  Tavares Copeland  








Temperature Take:



A versatile athlete, that's picked up a number of offers recently. Likes the West Virginia offense and how he could do in the system, but has not sorted out a list of schools sticking out. USF could be the early favorite here.


Treasure Coast

Port St. Lucie, FL


Ht: 5'11

Wt: 175

40: 4.5


Other Offers:

CIncy, Illinois, Kentucky, Mich St., South Carolina, Wake, among others


Articles:

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  Trevor Willimas  UNRANKED








Temperature Take:



Williams plans to visit July 28 with his family and has hinted that a commitment could very well come on that trip. Impressed during the 7-on-7 passing tournament at WVU with his Baltimore area teammates and earned an offer. Nice looking wide receiver prospect that shows great ball skills on the outside, also has the ability to play safety.


Cavert Hall

Towson, MD


Ht: 6'2

Wt: 190

40: 4.4


Other Offers:

Toledo, VMI, Morgan St.


Articles:

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  Tyler Orlosky  








Temperature Take:



A classic Ohio-bred run grader, Orlosky is welcomed addition to the Mountaineers 2012 recruiting class. Choose West Virginia due to his comfort level with the coaching staff and one of the top ten ranked lineman in the Buckeye State.


St. Edward

Lakewood, OH


Ht: 6'4

Wt: 290


Other Offers:

Mich St., Mich, Northwestern, Illinois, Bowling Green, Akron


Articles:

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  Kameron Davis  








Temperature Take:



Davis fits the mold of the lineman that Coach Bill Bedenbaugh has been searching for, a large athletic tackle prospect. Plans to visit West Virginia in the near future, and has the Mountaineers high on his list. He wants to have a decision in the near future and he plans an official visit to West Virginia.


Boyd Anderson

Lauderdale Lakes, FL


Ht: 6'6

Wt: 280


Other Offers:

CIncy, Illinois, USF, Okla St., Vandy, Wake, among others


Articles:

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  Tony Matteo  








Temperature Take:



Matteo will visit at the end of the month with his family and that very well could seal the deal for the talented center prospect. Has built a very close relationship with Bill Bedenbaugh and is excited at the opportunity for potential early playing time with the Mountaineers. Plays with a mean streak.


Manchester

Akron, OH


Ht: 6'5

Wt: 280


Other Offers:

CIncy, Pitt, Uconn, Bowling Green, Toledo, among others


Articles:

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  Will Holden  








Temperature Take:



Holden recently got an offer from the Mountaineers and immediately placed them among his top four with South Florida, Louisville and Wake Forest. Holden had hoped to get to West Virginia this summer, and will do just that when he visits July 29. The tackle hopes to have a decision before his senior season..


Clay

Green Cove Springs, FL


Ht: 6'6

Wt: 271


Other Offers:

USF, Louisville, Wake, Iowa State, FAU, FIU, Bowling Green, among others


Articles:

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  Jordan Swindle  








Temperature Take:



Swindle visited West Virginia Wednesday, after taking trips to both Louisville and Kentucky, the three schools that round out his top three. A big tackle, Swindle would fit the mold off the larger tackles being recruited by West Virginia..


Clay

Green Cove Springs, FL


Ht: 6'8

Wt: 308


Other Offers:

Kentucky, Louisville, Vandy, Southern Miss., FAU


Articles:

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  Robert Conyers 








Temperature Take:



Only 16-years-old Conyers is an especially intriguing prospect due to his potential and ability to further fill out his frame. A very technical lineman, Conyers prides himself in his mean streak on the field. Interested in West Virginia and was excited to receive the offer, but has been adding more suitors by the day. Plans to visit Morgantown, but has not set a date at this point.


Braddock

Miami, FL


Ht: 6'5

Wt: 277


Other Offers:

Cincy, Duke, UK, Illinois, Mich St., Purdue, UCF, Vandy, Wake


Articles:

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  Daniel Isidora  








Temperature Take:



West Virginia was one of the first schools to get on Isidora, but he has seen gathered offers from Miami and Michigan. Expected to be a tough pull out of the Sunshine State.


Cypress Bay

Weston, FL


Ht: 6'3

Wt: 330


Other Offers:

Miami (FL), Mich, NC State, Wisconsin, among others


Articles:

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  Blake Fromang  








Temperature Take:



Fromang expressed interest in visiting the Mountaineers upon receiving his offer, but during a multi-school trip did not stop in Morgantown. The offensive tackle prospect recently said he still wants to see West Virginia, but a visit would be needed to be in this race.


Lake Highland

Orlando, FL


Ht: 6'8

Wt: 280


Other Offers:

Cincy, NC State, Illinois, Kentucky, Ole Miss, USF, among others


Articles:

Article 1









  Adam Pankey  








Temperature Take:



Pankey is in no rush to end the recruiting process, and has been attending camps in hopes of earning more offers. Like many Ohio prospects, Pankey likes many of the Big 10 schools and is coveting offers from Wisconsin and Ohio State.


Hamilton

Hamilton, OH


Ht: 6'5

Wt: 290


Other Offers:

Indian, Louisville, NC State, Pittsburgh


Articles:

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  Greg Pyke 








Temperature Take:



Pyke recently released a top three of Maryland, Penn State and Georgia and doesn't appear to have high interest in the Mountaineers at this point.


Boys Latin School

Baltimore, MD


Ht: 6'6

Wt: 315


Other Offers:

UGA, Louisville, Mich St., PSU, Pittsburgh, Maryland


Articles:

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  Tavon Rooks  UNRANKED








Temperature Take:



Rooks is a very talented junior college offensive tackle prospect that had been leaning to Auburn before they accepted former Mountaineer commitment Will Latu. Now there is a question over where he stands in the Tigers pecking order. Could it be an instance of an old fashioned switch between the two junior college talents?


Navarro J.C

Corsicana, TX


Ht: 6'6

Wt: 270


Other Offers:

Auburn, Pittsburgh, Utah, Kansas St., among others


Articles:

Article 1









  Logan Dietz  UNRANKED








Temperature Take:



Dietz earned an offer from the Mountaineers at the one-day camp in June and is interested in the program. Likes that there is the opportunity for early playing time and wants to visit again sometime this summer or fall. However, he wants to take his time and is receiving interest from Michigan State and Pittsburgh.


Central Catholic

Pittsburgh, PA


Ht: 6'6

Wt: 265


Other Offers:

Toledo, Bowling Green


Articles:

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  Imarjaye Albury  








Temperature Take:



Albury committed to West Virginia in early March after receving his offer. An aggressive defensive lineman, he looks to be a perfect match for the 3-3-5 front. Albury has not visited West Virginia, but will do so in the fall.


Northwestern

Miami, FL


Ht: 6'1

Wt: 290


Other Offers:

Wake, Marshall, Buffalo, FAU


Articles:

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  Bret Niederreither 








Temperature Take:



Niederreither's frame and potential has been compared by longtime Defensive Line Coach Bill Kirelawich to former Mountaineer nose guard Chris Neild. A hard-working type, that will find a place in the middle of the Mountaineers defense.


Red Land

Lewisberry, PA


Ht: 6'3

Wt: 250

40: 4.9


Other Offers:

none but heavy interest from Maryland and Cuse


Articles:

Article 1








  Faith Ekakitie  








Temperature Take:



While Ekakitie has a West Virginia offer, it does not appear that the Mountaineers will be a factor in this race.


Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest, IL


Ht: 6'2

Wt: 255

40: 4.7


Other Offers:

Arizona, BC, GT, Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford, Tenn, among others


Articles:

Article 1








  Ryan Watson  








Temperature Take:



Watson has a West Virginia offer, but has not mentioned the Mountaineers as a possible destination.


Our Lady Of Good Counsel

Olney, MD


Ht: 6'3

Wt: 270

40: 4.8


Other Offers:

PSU, BC, GT, Mich, Mich St., Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas St., among others


Articles:

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  Taiwan "TJ" Johnson  








Temperature Take:



Johnson grabbed a West Virginia offer a while back and expressed interest in visiting. That visit must happen if the Mountaineers want their hat in the ring of the athletic defensive ends recruitment.


Manvel

Manvel, TX


Ht: 6'3

Wt: 235

40: 4.79


Other Offers:

Arizona, Arizona St., Boise St., Colorado, Minn, Ole Miss, Missour, Nebraska, among others


Articles:

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  Noble Nwachukwu  








Temperature Take:



Nwachukwu will visit with his family at the end of the month. Currently has West Virginia on the top of his list and a good visit could end the sweepstakes for the athletic defensive end.


Wylie

Wylie, TX


Ht: 6'2

Wt: 240

40: 4.7


Other Offers:

Iowa, Houston, Kansas, Rice, among others


Articles:

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  Azuka Akozar  








Temperature Take:



Like his teammate Nwachukwu, Akozar will be on campus for an unofficial visit at the end of the month with his family. The Mountaineers sit at the top for Akozar and he recently stated, "I could see myself committing there."


Wylie

Wylie, TX


Ht: 6'1

Wt: 250

40: 4.9


Other Offers:

Houston, Rice, Air Force, North Texas


Articles:

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  Christian Brown  








Temperature Take:



Brown recently narrowed his list of over 20 offers down to West Virginia, Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa State, UCF, South Florida, Indiana, Purdue and North Carolina State. Citing the coaching staffs at each school and plans to visit West Virginia this fall.


Dunbar

Fort Myers, FL


Ht: 6'2

Wt: 280


Other Offers:

Illinois, Kentucky, Iowa St., USF, NC State, Purdue


Articles:

Article 1







  Korey Harris  








Temperature Take:



Harris is interested in the West Virginia program, but appears to be in no hurry to make a decision. Plans to visit at some point in the fall.


Bartram Trail

Fruit Cove, FL


Ht: 6'4

Wt: 230

40: 4.8


Other Offers:

Cincy, NC State, FIU, W. Michigan, Marshall


Articles:

Article 1

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  Jean-Marc Charles  








Temperature Take:



Charles has the Mountaineers among the teams that are standing out early along with Minnesota, Bowling Green, Memphis and Marshall. Charles is interested in those schools due to his relationship with the coaching staffs and plans to visit Morgantown this fall. A school to watch is Miami, an offer from the Hurricanes could effectively end his recruitment.


Bartram Trail

Fruit Cove, FL


Ht: 6'3

Wt: 255

40: 4.9


Other Offers:

Minn, Marshall, Memphis, Bowling Green, New Mexico, among others


Articles:

Article 1







  Darryl Render  








Temperature Take:



Render has been to West Virginia twice in the spring, but is still in the process of visiting schools and narrowing down his list. Likes the Mountaineers, but it's unclear where they stand in his overall picture right now.


St. Edward

Brook Park, OH


Ht: 6'3

Wt: 240

40: 4.8


Other Offers:

Iowa, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cuse, among others


Articles:

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  Greg Kuhar  








Temperature Take:



Kuhar appeared to be interested in the Mountaineers early, but has since claimed Northwestern as his solid leader.


St. Edward

Concord Township, OH


Ht: 6'3

Wt: 265




Other Offers:

Iowa, BC, Northwestern, Mich, Cuse, among others


Articles:

Article 1







  Trae Clark  








Temperature Take:



Trae Clark has narrowed his list to four schools, West Virginia, South Florida, Michigan State and Indiana and took a trip to check out the Mountaineers early this summer. Should have a decision in early September.


Colerain

Cincinnati, OH


Ht: 6'4

Wt: 320




Other Offers:

Arkansas, Cincy, Uconn, Illinois, Mich St., Pittsburgh, among others


Articles:

Article 1







  Alex Pace  UNRANKED








Temperature Take:



Pace is taking his time with the recruiting process and plans to narrow his list of schools to a top ten by the beginning of his senior season. He hopes to visit West Virginia at some point.


Glenville Academic Campus

Cleveland, OH


Ht: 6'0

Wt: 278

40: 4.93


Other Offers:

Pittsburgh, Illinois, Cuse, Cincy, Vandy, among others


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