The West Virginia University football team’s hot streak on the recruiting trail continued Tuesday as the Mountaineers added a commitment from cornerback Jairo Faverus from Filton, England, a prospect from Bristol PRIDE Academy.
Yes, Mountaineer coach Neal Brown and staff snagged a defensive back from Europe, one who held offers from Penn State, Minnesota, Georgia Tech and more.
Faverus camped at West Virginia last Friday with a group called PPI Recruits, led by former University of Massachusetts and NFL player Brandon Collier. Collier trains European players in American football, then brings them to the United States to earn college scholarships and, eventually, play professionally.
Faverus put on one of the best performances of the summer camp season Friday, earning an offer from the coaching staff on the spot. At the time, the 247Sports three-star recruit admitted that a commitment crossed his mind, but he wanted to do some research on the university itself first. Once that passed muster, he felt comfortable with his choice.
“First of all, it felt like home,” Faverus said. “After seeing the place and meeting the coaches and players, I realized it was a great fit and what I want.”
After telling his family Monday, Faverus called up the coaching staff Tuesday, speaking with defensive backs coach Jahmile Addae. The news was welcomed with open arms.
“He got very excited and so did the rest of the staff,” recalled Faverus. “They warmly welcomed me.”
Faverus gives West Virginia seven commitments in the Class of 2020 and moves the Mountaineers up two spots to No. 52 in the 247Sports team rankings, jumping USC and Cincinnati. As of Tuesday, though, one of the recruits — linebacker S.L. McCall — is still being evaluated and does not yet have a ranking.