Over the first two weeks of August, the West Virginia coaching staff was focused on one thing — fall camp.
The coaches have spent all of their time discussing depth charts, injuries, redshirts and more. Once camp ended, though, they wasted no time getting back to recruiting.
On Monday, the coaches got together, watched some film of upcoming juniors and extended two new offers to top 2016 prospects. The first went to Lebanon (Ohio) linebacker Jango Glackin. The rising sophomore already held eight offers from the likes of Indiana, Eastern Michigan and Miami of Ohio, but his Mountaineer offer was something special.
“I was ecstatic,” said the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder. “It just caught me by surprise because the [NCAA] rules make it so hard to get in touch, but I’m thrilled they offered. They’re a great school and I know that they are going to do great this season.”
Glackin, who is also hearing from Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and more, says that he spoke with his area recruiter, Shannon Dawson, and the two are discussing a visit to Morgantown.
The other offer came in a couple hours later, when Graham (N.C.) quarterback Jamie Newman announced that he had received a scholarship offer from West Virginia. On his way to practice, the 2016 recruit says his coach pulled him aside and told him about the offer, which he confirmed with his area recruiter, Lonnie Galloway.
“I called Coach Galloway to make it official,” he said. “He said they were really impressed with my grades, because they know academics are first for me. He said they watched my film and felt I fit their offense very well and they liked that I was able to throw and run.”
Newman says he, too, discussed a likely visit to Morgantown this fall. He’ll have a busy schedule, as Boston College, N.C. State and Duke have also offered in recent weeks, and several other programs are taking a hard look at him.
While the staff will be turning its attention to the opener against Alabama, expect more offers to be extended and new prospects to emerge on the radar. The staff will want to stay ahead of the curve, as the contact period starts again on Sept. 1.
Chris Anderson is a full-time writer for eersports.com.