The West Virginia University football team held its first summer recruiting camp of the Neal Brown era Sunday. Dozens of recruits from all over the country made their way to Morgantown for the event.
Well-known names like current commits Garrett Greene and Reese Smith were there. So were high-profile targets like four-star defensive end Kelvin Gilliam. Collectively, though, the strong in-state crop might have stood out the most.
At the head of the pack was Bluefield athlete Jovon “J.J.” Davis. The two-way star has been racking up offers lately – Tennessee and Maryland two of the most recent – and schools have talked with him about playing both linebacker and running back. The WVU coaches wanted him to try out at running back, and he showed just how extensive his abilities were.
After “elite” measurables in height and weight, Davis was one of the top performers in the shuttle and the vertical before clocking a 4.60 40-yard dash.
By the time the camp was over, running backs coach Chad Scott requested an audience with Davis. The two spoke on the field after the camp, and Scott let the 2020 prospect know that he had an offer from the Mountaineers.
At tight end, Cabell Midland’s Zach McCoy was one of the top performers. The 2020 recruit camped at West Virginia last summer, working out some at defensive end. Spending most of his time on offense this time, though, resulted in a couple new offers, including one from West Liberty.
Mountaineer assistant coach Travis Trickett was also very interested, and it was easy to see why. McCoy may not have gotten the separation that elite tight ends get, but he had amazing body control and great hands. If he got his fingers on the ball, he was catching it. Out of all the tight ends in attendance, he likely had the most – and best – catches of the day.
Huntington linebacker Brocton Blair came in on a hot streak, putting up strong performances at several camps throughout the spring. This one was no different. During pursuit drills, he showed long strides and quick closing speeds that really impressed the coaching staff. He was pretty good during bag drills and an absolute blanket during one-on-one drills with the running backs and tight ends.
Regardless of the route or the competition level, Blair was routinely tight in coverage and kept them from competing any catches. He, too, got an audience with the coaching staff after the camp.
They weren’t the only ones. Offensive lineman Shawn See from Keyser stood out – literally, at a listed 6-foot-10 – and was introduced to Brown. Wide receiver Chance Knox from Capital was once again a top performer at his position. Morgantown quarterback Cam Rice also had some very nice throws.
There will be plenty of big names coming into Morgantown for these camps in the coming weeks, but the vast majority of campers will be from West Virginia. So far, the Mountain State has more than held its own.