West Virginia showed off some upgrades the team facilities, including a new room for team meetings and reviewing game tape with the entire roster in attendance, to new recruits this weekend and the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive. Some big times names were in attendance including four stars Josh Brown and Steven Smothers, both of whom have been very positive in their reactions following the weekend. Steven Smothers has been posting pictures wearing WVU gear and talking to other recruits in his area, so hopefully the Mountaineers can lock him down soon. He would be a huge pick up at wide receiver and remind fans of his cousin Tavon come game time.
Josh Brown is a four star linebacker that has been committed to Florida State since September but a great weekend visit has definitely improved his opinion of the Mountaineers. Most of the time I would expect high school linebackers to red-shirt but at 6'3" 220 lbs., Brown is one who may not have to. Starting would still be a long shot but special teams play or breaking into the two-deep wouldn't be out of the question. The 2016 class is going to need some linebackers and Josh Brown coupled with Logan Thimons would be a great building point going into the summer and season, so everyone keep you fingers crossed for a flip...
It wasn't all just good reactions though, this weekend featured some commitments. The first of the two came from Tyrhee Pratt, 6'2" 195 lbs. quarterback from Charleston. Pratt is an instate three star QB that has been sitting on an offer for some time but the coaching staff sealed the deal this weekend. A dual-threat QB with great overall athleticism, Tyrhee is great pickup as it continues to build an instate pipeline and adds a recruit that can develop behind and compete with a few other talented quarterbacks already on campus. He has a strong and pretty accurate arm but his agility with his feet and balance in the open field is what really makes him stand out at a player.
The second commitment came from Marcus Simms, three star wide receiver from Maryland. Simms is listed anywhere from 6'0"-6"2" but will regardless bring enough length to be an addition on the outside, which is exactly the position the Mountaineers want to stockpile right now. Simms has deceptive speed for his size but will likely need to bulk up a bit more to muscle collegiate corner-backs. He will continue to build the depth of the position and should be competing for time after a year or two in the weight room. He already looks good in the uniform though. A great way to cap of a successful weekend.