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West Virginia Football Recruiting: Kwantel Raines Commits to the Mountaineers

Raines, an Aliquippa native who looks the part of a spur safety in Tony Gibson’s 3-3-5 scheme, will be a Mountaineer next season.

The West Virginia Mountaineers got a huge pickup today as Kwantel Raines made his commitment official. Raines, the number two safety in Pennsylvania had been deciding between West Virginia, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Florida. Raines was on hand in Morgantown this past Saturday as the Mountaineers took on the Oklahoma State Cowboys on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The coaching staff has been after Raines for quite a while, making the Aliquippa native a priority target early in the process and becoming the first school to offer him a scholarship. Raines has never forgotten about West Virginia. It doesn’t hurt that his cousin, Dravon Askew-Henry, is a star in Gibson’s defensive scheme.


Brian Dohn, National Recruiting Analyst

...but his ceiling is highest as a safety. He has the speed to cover outside of the numbers, he changes direction well, he is physical and will hit in the passing game and against the run, and he he has plus ball skills. He reads plays quickly and his burst is a plus. He can fill run gaps and also blitz.


Height: 6’ 3’’

Weight: 200 lbs.

Power 5 Offers - Florida, Penn State, Pittsburgh, California, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, N.C. State, Rutgers, South Carolina, TCU, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin

Big 3 Ratings:

  • 247Sports - 4* (93 rating)
  • Rivals - 4* (5.8 rating)
  • ESPN - 4* (82 rating)