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Holiday no time to slow down for WVU coaches

By By Chris Anderson
For the Gazette

Early July is typically a time when colleges and high school players take a break from recruiting.

Both parties spend the Fourth of July weekend with friends and families, summer camps are on hiatus, or have ended for the summer entirely, and conditioning and workouts for the upcoming season have arrived.

So, usually, there is not much to report this time of year.


As they have been all year, the West Virginia coaches have been busy recruiting some of the top prospects across the nation, even as other coaching staffs take a break.

That’s resulted in a wave of recruiting news that can only be properly passed along in notebook format.

n The biggest news comes at the most important position, as Eastern Christian Academy (Md.) quarterback David Sills is now officially back on the market.

The three-star prospect made waves four years ago when he committed to USC as a seventh-grader, but after a couple of coaching changes, Sills began looking around. Last week, he officially decommitted, and the Mountaineers are believed to be the heavy favorites to land his services.

He camped in Morgantown last month, leading his team to the 7-on-7 title with a five-touchdown performance in the championship game. Look for him to return again soon.

n Last week, we detailed how Miramar (Fla.) lineman Leeward Brown was interested in West Virginia despite his pledge to Miami.

He is not the only Hurricane commitment who will continue to consider the Mountaineers, however. Wide receiver Therrell Gosier out of Blanche Ely (Fla.) said he will officially visit West Virginia, among others, this fall.

He was close to committing to WVU in the spring before deciding to wait and subsequently committing to Miami a couple months later. Westminster Christian School (Fla.) athlete Jordan Cronkrite also says that West Virginia is one of the schools he is interested in, citing the fact that Miami is still recruiting running backs despite telling him they would only take two.

If he ends up back on the market, look for him to visit Morgantown this fall, his second trip after a stop for the Junior Day in February.

n Osceola (Fla.) linebacker Riley Nicholson has West Virginia in his top three, along with Central Florida and N.C. State, and says that a commitment could be coming within two weeks.

The three-star prospect has visited Morgantown twice already and gives credit to lead recruiter Joe DeForest for his strong feelings toward the program.

n Finally, just before the holiday weekend, West Virginia offered Savannah Country Day (Ga.) athlete Demetris Robertson, the nation’s No. 1 ranked athlete in 2016 per 247Sports.

The four-star prospect holds offers from Alabama to UCLA and everywhere in between, but he says the offer from the Mountaineers “is a special one.’’

“I grew up watching [Mario Alford] in high school,’’ said Robertson.

“I even wear No. 4 like he did back then. It’s a big offer considering how close we are. He taught me things when I was younger like having speed and playing fast, which has worked for me.’’

Robertson says that bond — and his family’s rooting interest in the Mountaineers — will make Morgantown “a definite stop’’ this fall.

Chris Anderson is a full-time writer for

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