Of West Virginia’s seven commitments in the Class of 2019, only the state of Georgia has produced pledges for the Mountaineers – Stone Mountain Stephenson wide receiver Deshon Stoudemire in the spring, and Savannah Memorial Day wide receiver Winston Wright just last week. With the way things are going, though, those two will not be alone in making the trek from The Peach State to the Mountain State.
Later this month, a handful of Georgia recruits are expected to make their way up to Morgantown for the Showtime Camp. The headliner of that group may be Cedartown running back Tony Mathis. The 247Sports three-star recruit put West Virginia in his top five along with Louisville, Purdue, Wake Forest, and Iowa State. At the moment, however, he only has visits set to Louisville (July 21st) and West Virginia (July 28th), and says a decision could come before the start of his season. He’s currently the top running back target on the Mountaineers’ board.
Also expected that weekend is Lawrenceville Central Gwinnett cornerback Nicktroy Fortune. The 247Sports three-star prospect visited Morgantown in the spring for a mid-week, unofficial visit, and came away raving about the experience. Now, he has West Virginia in his top three – along with Virginia and Georgia Tech – and only this return to WVU planned before an expected decision in August. All good signs for the Mountaineers.
Atlanta Westlake athlete Myles Farmer put West Virginia in his top five this week, with the Mountaineers joining N.C. State, Ole Miss, Central Florida, and Louisville. Lead recruiter – and cornerbacks coach – Doug Belk offered Farmer last fall. While he has not set a visit for later this month, it is on the table, and he plans to visit in the fall if he doesn’t come this summer.
Across two from Farmer is Maynard Jackson’s Dequan Watts, another 247Sports three-star recruit who put WVU in his top group this week. The Mountaineers joined Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and Boston College. Belk visited him in May, and Watts responded by saying that WVU is one of three schools he definitively wanted to visit before making a decision. The other two programs were Ole Miss and Rutgers.
The Mountaineers also made the cut for Colquitt County offensive lineman Kamaar Bell (although he is likely to end up in the SEC), Cartersville wide receiver Kaleb Chatmon, Lovejoy offensive tackle William Rogers, Sequoyah cornerback Emmanuel Jenkins, and Colquitt County defensive tackle Brian Merritt.
When West Virginia hired Doug Belk, Dana Holgorsen said that the Mountaineers were turning their focus from south Florida to the state of Georgia, recognizing there was a similar glut of talent, but less drama with the recruits there. Early returns have been positive, with WVU securing eight commitments from Georgia since 2017 — the second most behind Pennsylvania – and that number will continue to grow this year.