This week has been a busy one for Dana Holgorsen. First came the exciting news that quarterback Will Grier has been ruled eligible to start in the season opener against Virginia Tech, followed by his 46th birthday on Wednesday. All this, of course, happened as he and the rest of the West Virginia coaching staff hosted four one-day camps and a kicking camp this week.
Things started out inside the Caperton Indoor Facility on Monday due to the weather, but the rain didn’t dampen anyone’s day. Several prospects left quite an impression on the staff with their performance, but the star of the day was undoubtedly
Myles Bell, CB, St. Thomas Aquinas (Florida) (‘19)
The South Florida prospect came to Morgantown without an offer, but wouldn’t go home empty handed. Bell is a Mountaineer legacy, the first of many we will see rising up in the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes. Myles’ father Grantis, who played wide receiver for the Mountaineers from 1985 to 1988, made the trip back to his old stomping grounds and had a front row seat for his son’s outstanding performance during Monday’s camp.
Myles currently holds offers from Virginia Tech, Penn State, Illinois, and Syracuse.
Tuesday saw a much smaller crowd than the previous day, but the talent was plentiful and two players walked away with a brand new scholarship offer.
Lee Kpogba, LB, Parkland (NC) (‘19)
Kpogba came into Tuesday’s camp as just a blip on the radar, but by the time he weighed in and ran his 40-yard dash - clocking in at an impressive 4.6 seconds - he had Dana Holgorsen and Tony Gibson’s full attention.
Lee currently holds offers from East Carolina and Old Dominion, but that list is expected to grow exponentially over this coming season.
Briason Mays, OL, Bolivar Central (TN)
Tuesday’s second offer went to the 6’4, 270lb offensive tackle from Bolivar Central High School which also happens to be the home of Woodrow “Trey” Lowe, one of the West Virginia’s top quarterback targets for the 2018 recruiting class. Briason’s recruiting is starting to really pick up, as the Mountaineers became the second Power Five program to offer a scholarship.
Mays holds offers from Illinois, UCF, Navy, Army, Air Force and Marshall, among others.
Wednesday’s camp saw an increase in attendance, compared to Tuesday, and an impressive showing from who was arguably the week’s top performer and another Mountaineer legacy recruit left with an offer.
Sam James, WR, Richmond Hill (GA)
West Virginia offered James back in February, and he didn’t have them second guessing themselves on Wednesday. James was by far the top performer of the day, and rocketed himself to the top of the Mountaineers’ most wanted list. James reportedly ran a 4.23 40-yard dash at a Mississippi State camp, and I’m inclined to believe it. Look at this speed:
James holds an impressive list of offers at the moment, including Mississippi State, South Carolina, Louisville, and Maryland, but I believe the Mountaineers may have made their way into the top of his list. James and his teammates did a little sight-seeing today after camping at Maryland, and it seems as though Sam was repping a new favorite:
Jalen Thornton, DL, Indian Hill (Cincinnati, OH) (‘19)
If you couldn’t figure it out, Jalen is the son of Mountaineer great John Thornton. Jalen came into Wednesday’s camp only holding an offer from the Marshall Thundering Herd, but left with one he’d been waiting for. Thornton isn’t in a hurry to make a decision, as he’s only a Junior this coming year, but the Mountaineers have put themselves in a favorable position moving forward.
The one-day camps wrapped up Thursday night and saw several in-state athletes in attendance. University High School’s Amir Richardson was in attendance, but was unable to workout due to an injury. Richard spent he majority of the camp on Coach Holgorsen’s golf cart, chatting with the coaching staff.
Thursday’s top performer came from just across the Southern West Virginia border, making the trip up to Morgantown from Bluefield, Virginia.
Taymon Cooke, WR, Graham (VA)
West Virginia offered Cooke late last month, and he didn’t disappoint with his performance Thursday night. Although he’s listed as a receiver, Taymon worked out in the cornerback position and blew Mountaineer corners coach Doug Belk away. Cooke holds offers from East Carolina James Madison and Liberty, but the Mountaineers seem to have impressed him as much as he did the coaching staff.
Coach Holgorsen and the rest of the coaching staff will be back at it again today and Saturday, as West Virginia hosts their annual 7-on-7 passing tournament and big man camp.