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West Virginia Football Recruiting: Early Signing Period Real Time Updates and Open Thread

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The Climb continues as Neal Brown and the Mountaineer coaching staff secure signed National Letters of Intent for the 2022 recruiting class at West Virginia

Welcome to the 2021 Early Signing Period for the Class of 2022!

We’re kicking things off bright and early this morning, as the top high school and junior college athletes across the country make their commitments official. The faxes are being dusted off, Twitter is fired up and probably already rocking with rumors and breaking news.

Neal Brown and the West Virginia Mountaineers coaching staff expect to sign somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 players by the end of this Early Signing Period, and have put in the work to close strong on some previously uncommitted prospects.

Think of this article as homebase for signing day coverage, and check back frequently for updates, news, and fresh links. In addition to the live coverage, please consider this your OPEN THREAD to talk about everything Early Signing period in the comments!


We’ve broken this Early Signing Period Command Center into 3 sections below:

  • Early Signing Period News: This is where we’ll continuously put any big news, rumors, or important tidbits. Just like the Big Board, this will be updated all day and will include links to new articles about Early Signing Period topics.
  • Meet The Class: We’re doing things a little differently this year, and instead of breaking each signing down with their individual bio capsules, I’m going to be putting them all in one convenient place.

Early Signing Period News

News is in reverse chronological order. All times listed below are Eastern Time.

4:00PM: While I was away, West Virginia received a commitment and signed NLI from JUCO wide receiver Jeremiah Aaron. Jeremiah is currently unrated by 247Sports, but he was one of the top receivers in the JUCO ranks and should grade out as at least a high three-star.

The Mountaineers also received a commitment from Gulliver Prep tight end/athlete De’Carlo Donaldson. WVU hasn’t officially announced Donaldson as an official member of the class yet, which may just be because they’re waiting for the paperwork to clear. Donaldson is holds a three-star (0.8593) 247Sports Composite rating. I’ll add him to the Meet The Class section below as soon as he’s announced by the school. UPDATE: WVU announced Donaldson’s signing as I typed that paragraph. He’s officially in, and that should wrap up the early signing period for the Mountaineers.

12:20PM: Everyone that was committed coming into today has signed. There are still a couple uncommitted recruits out there that will be announcing between today and Friday, and we’ll be sure to cover their commitments as they happen.

West Virginia also just announced former Clemson running back Lyn-J Dixon as part of this class with a message from Dixon himself.

10:50AM: Neal Brown continues to hold true to his commitment in keeping the best talent in West Virginia at home. Corbin Page, the No. 1 ranked player in the state, has signed with the Mountaineers.

10:20AM: The one everyone has been waiting for is in. Nicco Marchiol’s NLI is in!

9:30AM: Mumu Bin-Wahad’s NLI just arrived. There was a little intrigue there over the last few weeks, as it looked like West Virginia was going to have to fight off Mississippi State and Washington at the last minute, but Mumu reaffirmed his commitment on Twitter earlier in the week.

9:15AM: Several letters of intent came in during my commute to work. We’re up to five confirmed signings, and the rest should be rolling in steadily over the next few hours.

7:15AM: The first signing is in! Aussie punter Ollie Straw is officially the first member of the ‘22 recruiting class, which also gave us the unintentional funniest signing day video I’ve ever seen. Check it out below in the Meet The Class section.

7:00AM (12/15): Merry ‘Crootmas, everyone!


Meet The Class

Ollie Straw, punter

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
P 6'3" 220 ProKick Australia (Australia) Three-star (0.8003); No. 3 P

Verbally committed on October 22, 2021

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Landen Livingston, offensive line

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
OT 6'4" 280 Leo H.S. (Leo, IN) Three-star (0.8735); No. 28 IOL

Verbally committed on July 16, 2021. Landen also held committable offers from Iowa, Purdue and Indiana.

Highlights

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Travious Lathan, linebacker

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
LB 6'1" 205 Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL) Three-star (0.8876); No. 39 LB

Verbally committed on August 7, 2021. Trey also held committable offers from Pitt, Miami, and Florida.

Highlights

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Charlie Katarincic, offensive line

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
IOL 6'5" 280 Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, CT) Three-star (0.8327); No. 90 IOL

Verbally committed on March 18, 2021. Charlie also held committable offers from Columbia, Dartmouth and Penn.

Highlights

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Christion Stokes, safety

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
S 6'0" 180 Harper Woods (Harper Woods, MI) Three-star (0.8809); No. 31 S

Verbally committed on July 10, 2021. Christion also held committable offers from Iowa, Michigan State and Penn State.

Highlights

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Mumu Bin-Wahad, safety

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
S 6'0" 180 Grayson (Loganville, GA) Three-star (0.8601); No. 70 S

Verbally committed on June 16, 2021. Mumu also held committable offers from Mississippi State, Tennessee and Washington.

Highlights

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Raleigh Collins III, linebacker

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
LB 6'3" 205 Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia, PA) Three-star (0.8701); No. 65 LB

Verbally committed on July 23, 2021. The Neumann Goretti standout also held committable offers from Penn State, Maryland and Boston College.

Highlights

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Maurice Hamilton, offensive line

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
IOL 6'4" 345 Cleveland Heights (Cleveland, OH) Three-star (0.8647); No. 39 IOL

Verbally committed on June 7, 2021. Big Moe also held committable offers from Iowa State, Purdue and Toledo.

Highlights

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Nicco Marchiol, Quarterback

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
QB 6'2" 216 Hamilton (Chandler, AZ) Four-star (0.9026); No. 20 QB

Verbally committed on June 21, 2021. Nicco also held committable offers from Florida State, Arizona State and Michigan State.

Highlights

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Jacolby Spells, cornerback

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
CB 5'11" 170 American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL) Four-star (0.9137); No. 26 CB

Verbally committed on July 4, 2021. Spells also held committable offers from Georgia, Indiana and Miami.

Highlights

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Corbin Page, tight end

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
TE 6'5" 257 Spring Valley (Huntington, WV) Three-star (0.8809); No. 24 TE

Page was the first verbal commitment of this class, as he announced his commitment on December 26, 2020. The Spring Valley standout also held committable offers from Virginia Tech, Louisville and Oregon.

Highlights

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Jarel Williams, wide receiver

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
WR 6'2" 185 Saraland (Saraland, AL) Three-star (0.8710); No. 87 WR

Verbally committed on April 8, 2021. Spells also held committable offers from Florida State, Colorado and Indiana.

Highlights

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Sullivan Weidman, offensive line

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
OT 6'6" 300 Dexter School (Brookline, MA) Three-star (0.8654); No. 61 OT

Verbally committed on April 1, 2021. Sully also held committable offers from Arizona State, Michigan and Nebraska.

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Mar’Ques McLaurin, safety

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
S 6'2" 200 Jones College (Collins, MS) Three-star (0.8531); No. 5 JUCO S

Verbally committed on December 12, 2021. The No. 5 ranked JUCO safety also held committable offers from UL-Monroe, Southern Miss and Toledo.

Highlights

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Lee Kpogba, linebacker

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
LB 6'2" 210 East Mississippi C.C. (Scooba, MS) Three-star (0.8743); No. 1 JUCO LB

Kpogba (pronounced Ko-bah or cobra without the r) verbally committed on December 2, 2021. Country Roads led the one-time West Virginia commit back to Morgantown via Syracuse, NY and Scooba, MS. Lee also held committable offers from South Carolina, Louisville and Indiana.

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Asani Redwood, edge rusher

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
EDGE 6'3.5" 240 Collins Hill (Suwanee, GA) Three-star (0.8561); No. 50 EDGE

Verbally committed on December 14, 2021. Redwood also held a committable offer from Vanderbilt.

Highlights

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Tyrin Woodby, cornerback

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
S 6'1" 170 St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, MD) Three-star (0.8447); No. 96 S

Verbally committed on April 17, 2021. Ty also held committable offers from Maryland, Ole Miss and Boston College.

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Aric Burton, Edge Rusher

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
EDGE 6'5" 210 Clearwater Academy International (Clearwater, FL) Three-star (0.8688); No. 42 EDGE

Verbally committed on June 28, 2021. The Heufeld, Germany native also held committable offers from Minnesota, Kansas and Arizona State.

Highlights

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Jeremiah Aaron, wide receiver

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
WR 6'0" 185 Navarro College (Natchiotches, LA) Rating Pending

Committed to West Virginia and signed his National Letter of Intent today. Jeremiah also held committable offers to Florida State, Louisville and Troy.

Highlights

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De’Carlo Donaldson, tight end

Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Positon Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
TE 6'2" 215 Gulliver Prep (Miami, FL) Three-star (0.8593); No. 48 TE

Committed to West Virginia and signed his National Letter of Intent today. Jeremiah also held committable offers to Florida State, Louisville and Troy.

Highlights