Neal Brown and the staff at West Virginia have done it again. Just a mere weeks after securing one of the highest quarterback commitments in the school’s history, the staff has secured the commitment of the highest ranked defensive player in their tenure when Jacolby Spells committed to the Mountaineers this afternoon.
“Another reason I picked West Virginia is because I wanted to show people that it’s OK to go to different places,” Spells explained. “You don’t have to go to Alabama and Georgia. You can go to West Virginia and make a name for yourself. I want to go somewhere and be different. “
Spells was at WVU the first weekend of June for an official visit. While on campus he got to reconnection with a former teammate in cornerback Darryl Porter Jr., who shared what it’s like to be a Mountaineer and shed some light on the direction that West Virginia is headed under Brown.
Spells commitment gives the Mountaineers 11 players in the 2022 class and Spells is the highest ranked of them all, slightly edging out Nicco Marchiol 0.9093 to 0.9001. Spells bring both experience to the position, having played wide receiver so he understands routes and breaks and pure speed. Spells recently ran a 10.8 in the 100M dash in Florida high school track meets.
Neal Brown was able to secure the commitment over schools such has SEC juggernauts Georgia, Florida, Auburn and LSU and the Mountaineers also kept Spells from Oklahoma and a hard push from the Miami Hurricanes. All in all, Spells held 22 offers from Power 5 schools.
Spells commitment pushes the Mountaineers now to 46th in the nation and 6th in the Big 12 in current rankings. Their current player average is 0.8627.