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Meet the West Virginia Mountaineers football 2020 signees

The West Virginia Mountaineers football recruiting class is coming together.
The West Virginia Mountaineers football recruiting class is coming together.

Get to know each of the West Virginia Mountaineers football commitments in the 2020 recruiting class with this feature from WVSports.com.

Committed: Feb. 5, 2020

Evergreen (Ala.) Hillcrest pass rushing linebacker Eddie Watkins emerged onto the West Virginia radar in the fall after backing off a commitment to Georgia Tech, which he made in June. Watkins also took an official visit to Purdue but wouldn't make his official visit to West Virginia until Dec. 6. At the time he walked away impressed, but elected to hold off signing in December in order to take his final two visits. Watkins did that the final two weekends to Arizona and Missouri but elected to commit to the Mountaineers in large part because of his connection with the coaching staff. The Rivals.com three-star prospect fills an immediate need for the program in the bandit role and has the frame to grow into potentially even more.


West Virginia beats Missouri for Alabama DE Watkins

Commitment 101: Eddie Watkins

Pass rusher Watkins has West Virginia in final three

Pass rusher Watkins set for West Virginia football official

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Committed: January 24, 2020

Orlando (Fla.) Jones running back A'Varius Sparrow emerged onto the scene late for West Virginia but became the primary focus down the stretch run. The Mountaineers were able to get him on campus for an official visit and that closed the deal for the talented running back. Sparrow transitioned from linebacker to running back in his high school career and exploded during his senior season rushing for over 2,000 yards and 20+ touchdowns showcasing a blend of speed and power. He should be the only running back commitment for the Mountaineers in the class and developed a strong connection with position coach Chad Scott throughout the process.

West Virginia football lands its running back in Sparrow

Commitment 101: A'Varius Sparrow

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Committed: December 18, 2019

Savannah (Ga.) New Hampstead wide receiver Sam Brown was committed to Central Florida for much of the process but elected to back off that pledge that the stretch. That resulted in late offers from Georgia, Florida and Mississippi but the Mountaineers had been involved for a long time and that persistence paid off. Brown committed to the Mountaineers on national signing day selecting the Big 12 Conference program over Florida, his two finalists where he visited on back to back weekends.

West Virginia holds off Florida to land Brown

Commitment 101: Sam Brown

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Committed: December 18, 2019

Clearwater (Fla.) Clearwater International defensive end Akheem Mesidor became a primary target for West Virginia from when the Mountaineers first offered in May and that interest only continued to increase after seeing him at a satellite camp. A Canadian import, Mesidor received a long list of scholarship offers but took an official visit to Morgantown during the June 14 weekend which kept the program in the lead throughout after stops at UCLA, Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Mesidor was one of the top targets for the program on the board and established a strong bond with lead recruiters Jordan Lesley and Jahmile Addae.

West Virginia lands Canadian defensive end Mesidor

Commitment 101: Akheem Mesidor

Canadian pass rusher Mesidor has eyes opened on official visit to WVU

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Committed: December 16, 2019

Brooklyn (N.Y.) ASA College offensive tackle Tairiq Stewart moved onto the radar after receiving an offer from West Virginia in the fall and things progressed quickly between the two. He took an official visit to Toledo but then made a stop in Morgantown during the Dec. 13 weekend and committed only a few days after. He is a May graduate and will have three years to play two. Stewart is originally from Cleveland, Ohio.

JUCO OL Stewart commits to West Virginia Mountaineers football

Commitment 101: Tairiq Stewart

JUCO OL Stewart planning official visit to West Virginia football

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Committed: December 15, 2019

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha offensive lineman Jordan White had been committed to Maryland since the spring but elected to open things up in November. West Virginia didn't waste much time jumping into the mix as the Mountaineers offered and then were able to secure an official visit during the Dec. 13 weekend. That trip was enough to close the door and gain a commitment from the versatile lineman.

West Virginia Mountaineers football adds OL White

Commitment 101: Jordan White

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Committed: December 11, 2019

Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback Daryl Porter had been on the West Virginia radar since the spring when the program first offered but things heated up between the two down the stretch. After official visits to Utah and Washington State, Porter took an official visit to West Virginia during the Dec. 6 weekend and that was enough to close the deal on his recruitment. The cornerback prospect was recruited by inside wide receivers coach Travis Trickett and his persistence paid off with his pledge.


CB Porter picks West Virginia Mountaineers football

Commitment 101: Daryl Porter

Florida CB Porter ready for West Virginia official visit

Florida CB Porter likes Trickett, has interest in West Virginia

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Committed: December 1, 2019

Bluefield (W.Va.) defensive end Sean Martin received his first offer from West Virginia and the Mountaineers never relented in their pursuit throughout the course of the process. Despite an early commitment to North Carolina, West Virginia remained heavily involved and once he backed off that pledge was in position to land him. Martin took official visits to West Virginia, Penn State, Purdue and North Carolina but in the end the Mountaineers were able to keep the the state's top ranked player home.


In-state defensive end Martin commits to West Virginia football

Commitment 101: Sean Martin

In-state defensive end Martin talks latest with recruiting

West Virginia first offer for 2020 defensive end Martin

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Committed: November 24, 2019

Perkinston (Miss.) Gulf Coast C.C. cornerback Jackie Matthews emerged on the radar for West Virginia after the coaches saw him in mid-October. A scholarship offer came a few weeks later and the Mountaineers secured an official visit during the Nov. 22 weekend which led to his commitment. The Alabama native put together a very strong season at the junior college level with 5 interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles which drew the attention of several schools. He will arrive in Morgantown in January with two years of eligibility remaining and has the flexibility to play several spots.

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West Virginia football adds commitment from JUCO DB Matthews

Commitment 101: Jackie Matthews

JUCO CB Matthews adds offer from West Virginia football

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Committed: August 16, 2019

West Virginia looked at a large number of tight end prospects in the 2020 class but it was Wayne (N.J.) De Paul Catholic athlete Charles Finley that rose to the top of the board. The versatile athlete visited Morgantown multiple times and developed a strong connection with lead recruiter Travis Trickett which was critical in his decision making process. Finley made a return trip to Morgantown for the July 25 cookout and that was enough to put the program at the forefront of his recruitment for good. He would pick West Virginia over offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Boston College and several others giving the program the coveted tight end they wanted in the class.

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WVU lands versatile tight end Finley

Commitment 101: Charles Finley

Rivals Analyst: WVU football commit Finley possesses 'so much potential'

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Committed: July 9, 2019

West Virginia was the first scholarship offer for Senatobia (Miss.) Northwest Mississippi C.C. nose guard Quay Mays in late February and that also played a pivotal role in his recruitment. Other scholarships would follow from programs such as Iowa State, North Carolina, Central Florida and Houston, among others, but the connection he made with position coach Jordan Lesley helped make the difference. Mays visited Morgantown officially June 14 and while he took a trip to Iowa State the following weekend the fit with what he wanted to do at nose guard as well as the family connection made the Mountaineers the pick. Mays wouldn't announce his choice until July 9, but he is a nose guard with two years left and will enroll in January.

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JUCO DL Mays commits to WVU

Commitment 101: Quay Mays

Coach: Mays has plenty of potential

DL Mays takes WVU official visit, decision near

JUCO DL Mays gets 'dream offer' from West Virginia

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Committed: July 8, 2019

Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins linebacker Taurus Simmons received an offer from West Virginia in early May which got his attention. But after he took an official visit to West Virginia during the June 14 weekend and was able to see it all for himself, the Mountaineers moved to right at the top of his list. Still, he took a few weeks to think it over before announcing a commitment to the football program July 8 after pledging a few days before. A versatile linebacker, Simmons is being recruited to play the bandit position in the Mountaineers scheme and has the size and athleticism to possible even develop further down the line as he grows into his body.

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LB Simmons on board with West Virginia Mountaineers football

Commitment 101: Taurus Simmons

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Committed: June 24, 2019

Council Bluffs (Ia.) Iowa Western C.C. offensive tackle Jacob Gamble became a priority of the West Virginia coaches after taking a visit for junior day in late March where he earned an offer from the program. A native of Ohio, the draw of staying close to home and the opportunities available in Morgantown made the Big 12 Conference program a strong competitor throughout the course of Gamble's recruitment despite more offers to follow such as Florida State and Nebraska. After another visit to campus in mid-June, the junior college prospect announced his commitment a few days later giving the program a ready-made option to step in at left tackle. He will have two years of eligibility remaining but isn't expected to sign in the early period as he addresses his coursework situation in the second semester.

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WVU lands JUCO OL Gamble

Commitment 101: Jacob Gamble

JUCO OL Gamble adds surprise WVU offer after spring visit

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Committed: June 22, 2019

One of the top priorities for West Virginia on the offensive line from the time that the new coaching staff over was Hightstown (N.J.) The Peddie School offensive lineman Chris Mayo. Running backs Chad Scott offered Mayo almost immediately after taking the job in Morgantown and was the first coach to express interest in the offensive lineman when he was a freshman. A junior day stop in February only further reinforced that the Mountaineers were going to be major players in his recruitment as he was able to see the family environment first-hand. The Rivals.com four-star prospect would narrow his list down to a top eight but only take official visits to Kentucky, Purdue and finally West Virginia on the June 14 weekend. After that trip he narrowed his list down to West Virginia and Kentucky and ultimately committed to the Mountaineers due largely to his comfort level with the culture of the program. He is slated to play offensive tackle or guard and is expected to arrive next summer.

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Four-star OL Mayo commits to WVU

Commitment 101: Chris Mayo

Mayo finds his fit at West Virginia

After WVU official, four-star Mayo down to two schools

Mayo has questions answered on visit to WVU

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Committed: June 20, 2019

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown made in-state recruiting a priority from the minute he took over the football program and those efforts paid off with his first scholarship pledge from inside the Mountain State borders in Fairmont offensive lineman Zach Frazier. The two-way prospect actually held an offer well before Brown arrived on campus after earning one following an impressive camp performance before his junior season and the Mountaineers recruited him hard moving forward. While the in-state program was the first offer for Frazier, he also added scholarships from Stanford, Virginia Tech, Louisville and others. Ultimately the relationships forged with Brown and the new coaches, as well as the proximity led to his commitment on of all days West Virginia day.

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In-state lineman Frazier picks WVU

Commitment 101: Zach Frazier

Frazier knew WVU was the 'right decision'

In-state lineman Frazier has another positive experience at WVU

WVU offers Frazier

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Committed: June 18, 2019

It's not often that West Virginia goes international for football recruits but that is exactly what happened in securing the commitment of Filton (England) cornerback Jairo Faverus. A native of Amsterdam, Faverus was part of a college tour of international prospects that brought him to West Virginia for a camp June 14. His impressive performance there was enough to earn him an offer from the Big 12 Conference program joining a list of Penn State, Minnesota and a number of others. A few days later Faverus decided to make the call and commit to the Mountaineers due to his comfort level with the staff and how he could make an impact. He is set to enroll in January and will have his full complement of eligibility remaining.

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WVU adds commitment from European cornerback Faverus

Commitment 101: Jairo Faverus

Faverus finds fit at WVU

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Committed: June 16, 2019

Things moved quickly between West Virginia and Gaithersburg (Md.) Watkins Mill cornerback David Okoli. The Mountaineers had expressed interest but after a camp stop June 7 where he was impressive not only with his speed but his coverage ability, the Maryland native received an offer from West Virginia. A week to the day he took an official visit to West Virginia where he saw all he needed to see committing to the program at the end of the trip. Since that decision other schools such as Maryland have offered but he has declared that his recruitment is a closed book.

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Maryland athlete Okoli commits to West Virginia

Commitment 101: David Okoli

Athlete Okoli earns WVU offer after impressive camp stop

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Committed: June 16, 2019

West Virginia initially offered St. Louis (Mo.) De Smet pass rusher Lanell Carr in February and there was interest between the two due to prior connections with offensive recruiting coordinator Scott Gasper from his time at another school. But things really picked up between the two after the spring evaluation period and the coaches were able to see him in-person. Carr had West Virginia and Kansas State as the two favorites in his recruitment and he visited both programs in the same week. First up was an unofficial trip to check out the Wildcats before making an official visit to Morgantown during the June 14 weekend. That was enough for him to make the call and commit to the Mountaineers. He is expected to enroll in the summer with his full eligibility in tact and the pass rusher could end up at linebacker or defensive line.

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Pass rusher Carr commits to WVU

Commitment 101: Lanell Carr

Coach Talk: WVU commit Carr 'plays football the way it should be played'

Missouri pass rusher Carr planning WVU summer official visit

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Committed: April 13, 2019

Bay City (Mi.) Central wide receiver Devell Washington had an offer from West Virginia prior to his junior day visit in February but that is when his recruitment changed. The visit really impressed Washington and the Mountaineers immediately became one of the major players in his recruitment due to the gut feeling he had about the program. At one point he considered a commitment to Purdue but after returning to Morgantown for the Gold-Blue game April 13 he saw enough to end his recruitment and commit to West Virginia. He returned to campus for a camp in June.

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WR Washington commits to WVU

Commitment 101: Devell Washington

Michigan WR Washington finds perfect fit at WVU

Washington has 'gut feeling' about WVU, coaches

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Committed: March 7, 2019

The West Virginia coaches were well aware of what Tallahassee (Fla.) Chiles quarterback Garrett Greene brought to the table after seeing him in camp at Troy and being the first school to offer him. A number of other offers followed but West Virginia jumped into the picture with an offer following his visit to campus for a junior day in early March. That offer along with his relationship with the coaches led to Greene committing to the Mountaineers football program a few days later bypassing a number of power five offers. Since his commitment, Greene has become a vocal recruiter in the class and his stock has only continued to rise earning MVP of the Rivals Camp Series stop in Tampa and then competing in the Elite 11 finals. He is expected to enroll at West Virginia in January and returned back to Morgantown in June to compete in a camp. Greene is set to enroll at West Virginia in January.

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QB Greene picks West Virginia

Commitment 101: Garrett Greene

Greene on WVU commitment: 'This is it for me'

WVU QB commit Greene has 'a chance to be a special quarterback'

QB Greene taking active recruiting role to help build WVU class

WVU QB commit Greene selected to compete in Elite 11 Finals

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Committed: March 4, 2019

Danville (Ky.) Boyle County wide receiver Reese Smith was one of the first, if not the first, offer made by Neal Brown when he took the job at West Virginia. He attends the same high school that Brown once did and that connection helped things from the start. Smith took his first visit to Morgantown shortly after the end of the dead period and was highly impressed with the program. Despite other power five offers, Smith came back to West Virginia in early March and decided that he was ready to commit to the Mountaineers being the first in the class to do so. He is likely to enroll in January and will play inside wide receiver for the program once he arrives on campus.

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Reese Smith chooses West Virginia

Commitment 101: Reese Smith

Smith's coach: 'One of the best'

2020 WR Smith now thinks highly of WVU after campus stop

Smith impressed with the speed of WVU offer after Brown hiring

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