Miramar (Fla.) High School has treated West Virginia well over the years, sending the likes of Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey, Ivan McCartney, Josh Taylor and Devonte Mathis to Morgantown.
The 2015 class has a Miramar flavor as well, with Patriot wide receiver Kahlil Lewis, safety Kendrell McFadden, and running back Alex Anderson already verbally committed.
And the Mountaineers may not be done.
During the weekend of June 21-22, amid well over 100 visitors on campus, West Virginia hosted Miramar offensive lineman Leeward Brown. The 6-foot-3, 330-pound lineman may be committed to Miami, but the Mountaineers made quite an impression during his trip.
“The campus was beautiful, the uniforms were nice and the facilities were great,’’ said Brown after his trip. “Everything was intact. I really liked it up there.’’
Along with a tour of the campus and facilities, the 247Sports three-star recruit participated in West Virginia’s Big Man Camp, putting himself in position to earn an offer.
“I felt like I did excellent. I felt like I made my mark and that they will be watching me,’’ said Brown. “The offfensive line coach [Ron Crook] said he really likes me. He likes that I have that ‘it factor.’ Every time one-on-ones came, I was up there. I didn’t back down from nobody.’’
Over the next few weeks, the staff will discuss his performance at camp and go over all of their other options on the offensive line before deciding on an offer. Limited space could be a factor.
“They told me they had two spots left [on the offensive line],’’ Brown said. “They want one to be a taller tackle, and one being a combo guy like me.’’
If the Mountaineers were to offer, they would be the biggest threat to Brown’s commitment to Miami. Not only is the “Miramar Pipeline’’ in play, but Brown is also a first cousins to current linebackers Coach Damon Cogdell.
While the former Miramar head coach has helped secure pledges from the aforementioned Lewis, McFadden and Anderson, don’t expect him to run point on Brown.
“He’s not really recruiting me; he’s leaving it to the other coaches [JaJuan Seider and Crook].’’ Brown said. “He wants what’s best for me and wants me to go where I feel comfortable.’’
As of now, Brown says Morgantown is a place he feels comfortable and that he “plan[s] on taking an official visit when the time comes.’’
In the meantime, he awaits an offer, and Mountaineer fans wait to see if they can steal one from the Hurricanes via the Mountaineer Pipeline.
Chris Anderson is a fulltime writer for Eersports.com.