West Virginia put on a dominating show in a 56-20 win over East Carolina on Saturday, and did so in front of a handful of recruits in the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes. That group of visitors also had a very distinct in-state flavor to it.
Arguably leading that group was University athlete Amir Richardson. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder has visited campus a few times in the last year, but this trip was different — it was his first as an offered recruit.
“I thought the game was amazing,” he said. “It was my first time being at a WVU game as [an offered] recruit, and it was a great first experience. I plan to be back again.”
That return trip for Richardson will likely occur next month when Texas Tech comes to town. He says he could also come in for the Texas game.
Sitting alongside Richardson were Martinsburg teammates Dewayne Grantham and Tavis Lee. Both players visited FedEx Field for the neutral site season opener, but wanted to be in the stands for the home opener, too.
“It was pretty cool,” said Grantham, a 2019 prospect with a WVU offer. “I love the atmosphere.”
Both Grantham and Lee plan to come back for at least one more home game before the season ends.
Making the drive up from Charleston was Capital athlete Kerry Martin. The two-way prospect has been a regular around campus in recent years, but loved what he saw Saturday, especially the fellow in-state players doing big things for the Mountaineers.
“I love WVU and I enjoy going up there and seeing natives of the area play in games,” he said. “It’s very exciting to watch and I can see myself doing so.”
Martin says that he sat with Grantham and Richardson and the three discussed the possibility of playing together, and how all three liked the idea of playing for their home state. At this time, though, none of the three are claiming any leaders in their recruitment.
Fairmont defensive lineman Dante Stills was also seen patrolling the sideline and the stands. The 247Sports four-star prospect has been on campus more times than he can count, but this was his first as a committed member of the 2018 class.
Next week, West Virginia has another home game, this time against Delaware State. No official visitors are anticipated at this time, but expect a good number of local products to make their way onto campus once again.