West Virginia has already held a handful of camps this summer which have resulted in several new scholarship offers, a couple of new commitments and numerous lasting impressions on recruits from across the country. The Showtime camp that takes place later this month will be bigger than all of them, though.
On July 26, the Mountaineers will host some of the top recruits on their board as part of an “invite-only” camp, where these premier athletes can square off against one another. While previous camps were opportunities for unknown prospects to earn offers, Showtime is meant for those that are already stars.
Leading the way will be a pair of Virginia wide receivers in Highland Springs’ Felton Davis and Colonial Forge’s Gary Jennings. Both are three-star prospects with double-digit offers that have the Mountaineers in their top group, and are looking to decide before their senior seasons begin.
Coming up from south Florida is St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Tyson Cisrow, another three-star recruit who listed West Virginia in his top group along with Penn State, Illinois and Cincinnati. He has not been shy about his strong relationship with the coaching staff and the potential for a commitment if things go well.
Speaking of potential commitments, there are two 2016 recruits planning to attend that Mountaineer fans should watch closely. The first is Stafford (Va.) offensive tackle Josh Ball. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder made seven college trips this summer, and picked up offers from all seven schools. Maryland, Virginia, N.C. State and more are on that list, but he grew up a fan of West Virginia (who also offered) and has family in the area. He has made it clear that WVU is his top school.
A familiar name for multiple generations of fans is the other rising junior to watch, safety Devin Studstill of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. He is the son of former Mountaineer quarterback Darrin Studstill (1990-1993), and he, too, admits an affinity for West Virginia.
“It’s very special to be able to follow my dad’s footsteps,” he said after picking up a West Virginia offer in May. “I idolize my father, so I grew up a WVU fan.”
The coaches won’t be alone in recruiting these prospects. Current commits Jacquez Adams, Jordan Adams, Stone Wolfley, Chris Chugunov, Colton McKivitz, Matt Jones, Alec Shriner and William Cameron intend to be in town as well, donning their best recruiting hats.
Just days before the start of fall camp, the focus in Morgantown will be shifting toward the season, but Showtime will be an excellent opportunity for West Virginia to finish summer recruiting on a high note.
Chris Anderson is a full-time writer for eersports.com.