The 2018 West Virginia Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
West Virginia Recruiting Class Overview
It’s one of Dana Holgorsen’s strongest classes, with a little bit of something for every spot.
It’s West Virginia, so the receivers are always going to be good. But in this class, the tight end prospects are better than the wideouts, led by 6-6, 240-pounder TJ Banks. This is a tall, physical group of targets overall for – potentially – 6-4 bomber Trey Lowe to throw to.
There’s not much for the backfield, but the Mountaineers got a good one in Leddie Brown, a 6-1, 190-pounder out of Philadelphia who might be too talented to keep off the field.
The defensive side has its share of talents, starting with prototype safety prospect Kwantel Raines for a nice-looking secondary crop, and DT Dante Stills is a terrific get for the defensive interior.
The West Virginia Class Is Heavy On …
The O line is strong coming into the season, and there’s depth, too. However, this class is about to create some interesting position battles, starting with the JUCO transfers out of Arizona – Mike Brown and Joe Brown. Both are around 6-5ish, 330, and both are going to compete for jobs.
Mostly, the line class is for three to four years from now. There’s a lot to develop in a strength-in-numbers class, but as is, this group doesn’t need a whole lot of tweaking.
The Star of the West Virginia Class Is …
DT Dante Stills, 6-4, 265
He’s not a beef-eater up front, but the ultra-quick local product should quickly become a disruptive force.
Georgia, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma, Penn State, and on and on and on all wanted him. He’s not going to be an anchor for the Mountaineers D, but he might just be an All-Big 12 star.
The West Virginia Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Getting back Dravon Askew-Henry for another year for one of the safety spots helps, but Kyzir White is gone from one of the other spots along with corners Elijah Battle and Mike Daniels. There’s a little bit coming in to help the cause, but it’s not a massive class of defensive backs. This will be one of the key issues throughout the spring.