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West Virginia Football Recruiting Update: Best Class Ever?

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Mid April offers a peek inside the latest football class for the Mountaineers

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The West Virginia Mountaineers are continuing to make the best of a situation dealt to them, like everyone else. Neal Brown and the staff aren’t able to make official visits to recruits but they’ve kept in contact and have pulled in several players who appear to be good enough to form one of the best classes ever in the Mountaineers history. Currently, Brown and his staff has secured a class that currently ranks 18th in the nation and 2nd in the Big 12.

Wyatt Milum - Class Jewel

Milum could honestly be the most important recruit in years. You build great teams by the lines. The Mountaineers have struggled to find the type of offensive linemen who can truly control the line of scrimmage, but that could change with Milum. Located in Spring Valley, the ‘Eers have always struggled to get players from that region up to Morgantown but Brown and his staff pulled a rabbit out of their hat.

Milum is rated the 24th best prospects in the nation by 247 sports and 80th best in their composite rankings. A top 25 player is a huge get. If the Mountaineers are able to keep Milum, he would end up being the 5th highest rated player ever to join the Mountaineers, ahead of Geno Smith.

Jaylen Anderson - The Next Big Thing

Anderson is the type of player that WVU has always found a way to bring to campus. The school has succeeded every year in finding one or two highly rated skill players to come to campus and showcase their stuff. Anderson isn’t the fastest or the biggest, but he does bring a big bodied runner who is capable of catching the ball out of the backfield. Anderson is the most recent commit for the staff and he could be the back that the staff is looking for as they rebuild the Mountaineers.

Andrew Wilson Lamp - A true #1?

Wilson-Lamp is a 6’-3” receiver out of Ohio who is rated as a top 100 (89) receiver and a top 500 player. He put on a show when he came to camp and looks to have all of the tools of a top receiver: speed to break away from corners, great hands to snatch the ball out of the air, and is tall enough to win 50/50 balls. Lamp could be a player that the staff has to keep convinced to stay as it looks like he is garnering more and more interest from bigger schools and plans to take his official visits, when the current COVID-19 situation resides.

Will Crowder - High School QB!

The staff really wanted Christian Veilleux but Veilleux appears to be headed to the Penn State Nittany Lions, so as a “consolation” the staff took Will Crowder. I say consolation but Crowder could be just as good as Veilleux. Crowder is a tall, strong-armed QB with good mobility and there is a lot to like about him. It’s not hard to envision a West Virginia squad in 2 years with Will Crowder throwing to Andrew Wilson-Lamp and handing off to Jaylen Anderson as he breaks off big runs with Wyatt Milum opening holes.

Hammond Russel - Bruce Irvin Lite?

There seems to be a theme with this year’s class and its that everyone is listed at 6’-3. Russel is a very lean defensive end at only 235 pounds but this gives him the quickness off the edge that former first round NFL pick Bruce Irvin had. I’m not saying that Russel will be the disruptive monster that Irvin was, but that is the type of player Russel could be.

Vicktor Wikstrom - Swedish Tight End

I’ll let you guess what Wikstrom’s height is listed at (hint its 6’-3”!). Rated as the #24 tight end, Wikstrom appears to offer the ability to block and catch. Wikstrom is part of the PPI International Recruiting services and is the second international player the new staff has brought in.

Saint McLeod - Philly Special

McLeod is NOT listed at 6’-3, but the 5’-11 running back slash safety may be one of the least secure commits of the class. According to 247Sports.com, McLeod is actually predicted to rival Pittsburgh Panthers. McLeod is a low 3-star but isn’t afraid to bring the wood when he plays defense.