Welcome to our weekly wrap-up of everything happening with West Virginia football recruiting. In this edition, we discuss the Mountaineers’ recruiting plans as spring practice continues.
While the rest of the Mountain State is in the grips of basketball fever, a top-rated recruit will inspect West Virginia and its football program.
Quarterback Garrett Shrader of Christian High School in Charlotte, N.C., will meet with Coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff over the weekend.
247Sports recruiting analyst Steve Wiltfong reports that Shrader and his mother will be in Morgantown on Saturday before hitting Penn State the following day.
It will be his first trip to check out the Mountaineers. It will his fourth time to check out the Nittany Lions and has reportedly checked out South Carolina at least a dozen times over the last 18 months. Most recently, he visited the Gamecocks on Thursday with his coach and teammate J.T. Killen.
Shrader plans another trip to check out Will Muschamp and the Gamecocks next week for their spring game, along with Mississippi State.
It appears that Shrader and his family enjoy visiting football programs. It’s not surprising, considering he is the 10th-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2019.
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee and others have also offered the 3-star prospect.
The 6-4½, 200-pounder ranks as the nation’s No. 10 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports.
Shrader had one of the most productive seasons of any junior quarterback in North Carolina. He accounted for 3,093 total yards and 34 touchdowns — passing for 2,302 yards and 24 touchdowns with 6 interceptions. He also rushed for 791 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Whether his trip to Morgantown is merely another stop still is to be determined. But it provides Holgorsen and his staff an opportunity to show what they’ve been able to do with Will Grier as the Mountaineers’ quarterback.
It remains to be seen if that pitch resonates with Shrader and his family.
But it certainly doesn’t hurt to get him to at least inspect the program.
West Virginia class rankings this week
With no new players added, the Mountaineers dropped to No. 28 this week after being ranked No. 27 last week in the most recent 247Sports composite team rankings. Their late slide pushes them to fifth among Big 12 schools for the Class of 2019, trailing Oklahoma (No. 8 nationally), TCU (No. 11), Iowa State (No. 18) and Texas (No. 22.)
West Virginia’s aerial game apparently has attracted another admirer from an area the Mountaineers typically don’t recruit very heavily.
Wide receiver/kick returner Brandon Legendre, a 3-star prospect from E.D. White Catholic in Thibodaux, La., emerges as a rising prospect for the Mountaineers.
After a strong Nike camp in Houston, Legendre has emerged for several Power Five programs. Previously, he had been targeted by FCS schools in the area.
West Virginia is the fourth Power 5 school to offer him after Kentucky, Kansas and Utah among his recent suitors.
The 5-9, 170-pounder’s size scared many traditional powers away. But his recent camp showcases him to a new group of programs.
Another element helping him is that West Virginia receivers coach Tyron Carrier was a similarly undersized receiver. But one Carrier got a chance to play at Houston, he blossomed into a stellar college player.
He’s also notices Holgorsen’s track record at places like Texas Tech, Houston, Oklahoma State and West Virginia of placing receivers at the next level.
“Their coaching staff have gotten a lot of guys like me to the league,” Legendre told 247Sports reporter Chris Anderson. “Coach Dana is exceptional and Coach Carrier is a guy who I could definitely learn from and his days at Houston.”
Offers, by the numbers
Reported offers: 170
5-star offers: 4
4-star offers: 43
In-state recruits offered: 5
Texas recruits offered: 6
Georgia recruits offered: 30
Florida recruits offered: 26
North Carolina recruits offered: 22
Ohio recruits offered: 17
Pennsylvania recruits offered: 17
OLB Lee Kpogba, 3 stars, Parkland (Winston Salem, N.C.)
DE Jalen Thornton, 3 stars, Indian Hill (Cincinnati, Ohio)
OLB Dewayne Grantham, 3 stars, Martinsburg, W.Va.
K Kolton McGhee, 3 stars, Bishop Guilfoyle (Altoona, Pa.)
4 top uncommitted targets
3-star QB Brian Maurer West Port (Ocala, Fla.)
Most recruiting analysts peg Maurer as the Mountaineers’ top quarterback target. The rangy 6-4, 185-pounder has been recruited by offensive coordinator Jake Spavital from the beginning and he was the first quarterback offered by the Mountaineers in the Class of 2019.
Other potential candidates include Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, UCF and USF.
The Mountaineers have started offering other quarterbacks, but this appears to be window dressing.
Maurer plans to visit West Virginia later this spring. It appears like he is the Mountaineers’ No. 1 choice and the most logical choice for the program at the position in this class.
247 Sports ranks him as the nation’s No. 18 ranking pro-style player and the 70th best prospect in the state of Florida.
3-star CB M.J. Devonshire, Aliquippa, Pa.
Devonshire isn’t the biggest of recruits at 5-11 and 170, but his athleticism has caught the attention of West Virginia recruiters.
He reportedly has his highest level of interest for the Mountaineers and Ohio State. But he also shhows particular affinity for Maryland, Michigan State and Oregon State.
But West Virginia has been in his crosshairs since visiting the Mountaineers’ Junior Day back in January. Most recently, he attended Syracuse’s Junior Day.
And he holds a strong connection to the Mountaineers’ program after they plucked former high-school teammate Kwantel Raines, a 4-star recruit in the Class of 2018.
Devonshire ranks 10th among Pennsylvania recruits and 43rd among cornerbacks nationally.
3-star S Amir Richardson, University (Morgantown, W. Va.)
In the Big 12, useful secondary personnel always is at a premium. Picking up one of the top in-state recruits would also enable Holgorsen’s staff to lock down the borders and keep out-of-state poachers away from the best local players.
Richardson is a 6-2, 200-pounder who has the physicality to play in the Big 12. After attending West Virginia’s junior day in February, he visited Kentucky last month with an upcoming trip to inspect Temple soon. The hometown recruit also has received offers from Cincinnati and Marshall.
He ranks as the nation’s No. 78 safety and fourth best recruit in the state.
Richardson has told 247Sports.com and others that he plans to delay his decision until the fall.
3-star ATH Winston Wright, Memorial Day School, Savannah, Ga.
The wispy 5-9, 170-pound Wright has named the Mountaineers among his three finalists, along with Boston College and UCF.
Earlier this month, he made an unofficial visit to Florida State and appears to be keeping all of his options open.
Wright helps whoever he chooses as a receiver and returner. It sounds like the Mountaineers may have a challenge keeping him from opting for the ACC school.
247Sports.com ranks him as the No. 66 rated athlete in the country and the No. 67 player from Georgia.
Here is a breakdown of the four Mountaineers signees to date by position. West Virginia expects to sign 26 players in this class.
DL: 1/4 (Thornton)
OLB: 2/2 (Grantham, Kpogba)
K: 1/1 (McGhee)
Here is a breakdown of West Virginia’s four current commits by state:
North Carolina: 1 (Kpogba)
Ohio: 1 (Thornton)
Pennsylvania: 1 (McGhee)
West Virginia: 1 (Grantham)
Miss a previous edition? Find our weekly West Virginia recruiting update here each week.
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