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Florida CB Spells commits to West Virginia Mountaineers football

Spells was a priority target for the West Virginia Mountaineers football program.
Spells was a priority target for the West Virginia Mountaineers football program.

West Virginia has landed one of its top targets in the 2022 class when the Mountaineers secured a commitment from Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback Jacolby Spells.

Spells, 5-foot-11, 176-pounds, committed to West Virginia over fellow finalists Miami and Indiana after taking official visits to those three programs throughout the month of June. The Mountaineers received a visit June 4-6 and really stood out to Spells as he was able to get a feel for the campus and environment surrounding the Big 12 Conference program.

“Seeing it in person for the first time it was awesome. Seeing all the hills and mountains, seeing all the new facilities. I thought ‘wow this place really is amazing’,” he said. “Seeing it in person was way better than what I expected to see.”

Tight ends coach Travis Trickett served as the lead recruiter for Spells, while co-defensive coordinator ShaDon Brown also played a pivotal role especially during the campus visit. That’s because it was Brown that mapped out how Spells could fit into the Mountaineers scheme at cornerback.

“He told me straight up I’d fit perfect in their defense because they don’t have too many defensive backs right now that can play press or man like I can,” he said.

Spells visited Miami June 11-13 and Indiana June 18-20, but ultimately the family feel and the fact that he could make a name for himself in Morgantown was too much of a draw.

The three-star prospect also held offers from Florida, Penn State, Texas A&M, Auburn, Michigan State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Virginia, among others and is expected to compete for playing time early in his career with the Mountaineers.

Spells becomes the 11th commitment for West Virginia in the 2022 class and continues a wave of positive momentum on the recruiting trail which has stemmed from the official visits in June.

The South Florida talent also represents the third cornerback in the 2022 class along with Loganville (Ga.) Grayson cornerback Mumu Bin-Wahad and Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances cornerback Tyrin Woodby. will have more with Spells in the near future.


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