Mountaineers get commitment from Martinsburg’s Lindsay

By By Chris Anderson
For the Gazette

West Virginia held its final camp of the summer this past weekend, and it was a resounding success.

The obvious starting point was already covered in this space on Monday — Glades Central (Fla.) offensive lineman Jah’Shaun Seider, the younger brother of running backs coach JaJuan Seider, committed to the Mountaineers.

That was not the end of the big news for West Virginia, though. The staff picked up another pledge later in the day and made a big impression on several other top targets.

n Martinsburg athlete Deamonte Lindsay also committed to West Virginia, doing so shortly after receiving an offer at camp on Saturday. The 2015 recruit was named second-team Class AAA all-state as a running back last year but will likely find his way onto the field in Morgantown on the defensive side of the ball. Either way, he could be a big pickup for West Virginia, according to his coach, David Walker.

“The sky’s the limit for him,” said Walker. “He’s a really good athlete and a really good football player. I think they like him as an athlete on the defensive side. They liked what he did, they like the potential and the athleticism. They want to see how his body will develop. He could put on 15-20 pounds of muscle, but talking with Tony [Gibson, assistant coach], he will probably play defense.”

n Fellow in-state prospect Tyrhee Pratt of Capital picked up an offer the last time he was in Morgantown, and this time the coaches put on a strong push for a commitment. While the 2016 recruit did not pull the trigger, he did admit that the Mountaineers stand out and that West Virginia is the only place he plans on visiting in the near future. He intends to make it to “a few games this season.”

n Another 2016 prospect got a hard sell this weekend. Stafford (Va.) offensive lineman Josh Ball returned to campus and says the coaches were asking if he was ready to commit. For Ball, who previously said the Mountaineers were his top school, it was something he considered.

“They really wanted me to commit,” the 6-foot-6, 305-pounder said with a laugh. “They kept asking me if I wanted to commit. It did cross my mind, but I’m not ready to commit.”

Ball, who has picked up offers from every school that he visited this summer, including Virginia, Maryland, and N.C. State, says that West Virginia is still at the top of his list after the visit and he plans to make it to a few games this fall.

n A new name on the radar — and another to watch for a potential commit — is Freeport (Pa.) linebacker Logan Thimons. The 2016 prospect dominated at camp on Saturday and was named the Defensive MVP by the coaching staff. The real good news came shortly after that, though.

“They called me up at the end of camp to give me the MVP,” said the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder. “Privately, afterward, Tony Gibson pulled me aside and told me I had an offer.”

Although he has interest from Penn State, Temple, Pittsburgh and more, this was Thimons’ first offer, and he says that West Virginia is now “definitely one of my top schools.” He plans to return for a game this fall.

Chris Anderson is a full-time writer for

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