The West Virginia Mountaineers and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital fell short in their ability to secure the talents of five-star receiver Demetris Robertson. Robertson, who is transferring from the Cal Bears, narrowed his selection down to four schools: Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Texas Longhorns and Mountaineers.
Spavital was Robertson’s offensive coordinator when Demetris was a freshman at Cal. In twelve games, with 11 starts, Robertson caught 50 passes from future New York Giant Davis Webb for 767 yards and 7 touchdowns. If the name Davis Webb sounds familiar, its because he once played for Kliff Kingsbury at Texas Tech.
Robertson, the #1 wide receiver in the nation and the #13 player overall, thrived as a freshman with offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and his Air Raid system. After the Bears finished 5-7, head coach Sonny Dykes was let go. Soon after, Spavital joined the Mountaineers as offensive coordinator.
Last year, Robertson suffered an undisclosed injury which limited him to only two games. He eventually underwent surgery and was granted a redshirt, meaning he is classified as a redshirt sophomore for the upcoming season. He will sit out the 2018 season and have two years left to play.