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Neal Brown Takes Another Step Towards Recruiting Dominance in the Mountain State

Here’s what’s happening in Mountaineer Nation today.

Neal Brown made recruiting the top high school players from the state of West Virginia a key goal for himself and his coaching staff, and he has taken another step in the right direction on that front. Brown and the Mountaineers have received a commitment from Bluefield High School kicker and punter Kaulin Parris. Last season Parris was a perfect 6-6 on field goals and 69-71 on extra points, which earned him Class AA all-state first team honors.

Parris visited WVU when he attended one of coach Brown’s camps in June. Many of the recruits that have committed to WVU over the summer also attended a camp in Morgantown, which may be a reflection of Brown’s ability to make recruits feel at home at West Virginia.

Parris is the third Bluefield Beaver senior to commit to a Division 1 football program. Defensive end Sean Martin is verbally committed to North Carolina and running back J.J. Davis is verbally committed to Toledo. Martin and Davis are listed as the first and second best players in the state of West Virginia, according to 247Sports Composite. Neal Brown and the Mountaineers have a commitment from the third best player in the state, defensive tackle Zach Frazier from Fairmont.

Bluefield has had one of the most dominant football programs in West Virginia and has been known to produce some of the state’s best high school athletes. The Beavers have played in two consecutive state championship games, winning their 11th state title in 2017. The commitment of Parris could help Brown start a pipeline with the Beavers.


Former West Virginia Mountaineer and Indianapolis Colt Pat McAfee will join ESPN. McAfee will team up with Matt Hasselbeck and Adam Amin in Thursday night coverage of college football. The deal will have McAfee in this role for multiple years. The former Mountaineer and Colt was very entertaining in his color commentating debut with the NFL last year. McAfee has been working on his sports media career since he retired from the NFL in 2016. He has worked with Barstool Sports, Fox Sports, and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).


Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers are preparing for their trip to Spain. West Virginia will be participating in an NCAA approved foreign tour, playing in three games while overseas. Coach Huggins recently commented about how close this team is already, just through being together during summer practices. Hopefully the chemistry of the team will translate into success when the 2019-20 season begins.


Former West Virginia women’s soccer defender Vanessa Flores has signed with Tigres UANL Feminil in Mexico’s Liga MX. Flores had one goal and four assists during her WVU career. She also started every game last season. Flores was a two-time All-Big 12 Second Team defender and will be coach Izzo-Brown’s 26th player to play professionally.

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