The West Virginia football team held its second one-day camp of the summer this past weekend and roughly 100 prospects descended upon Morgantown to work out for the coaching staff.
There were several standout players, and at least two new offers were extended by the coaching staff.
The first new offer went to the unofficial camp MVP – Watkins Mill High School (Gaithersburg, Maryland) athlete David Okoli. Okoli, a state champion sprinter in the 100-meter dash, showed his speed by clocking a pair of 4.44 40-yard dash times in front of the entire coaching staff. But he showed a lot more than just elite speed. Okoli was easily the top performer at the cornerback position and was likely the top receiver in the camp as well.
“I feel like I did pretty good. I ran pretty good routes and also did good on defense,” Okoli said after the camp. “[The coaches] loved the way I look physical and the way I play both ways. They can’t wait for me to be a part of what coach Brown has to offer.”
It was Okoli’s first time to West Virginia, but he said that WVU is his “dream school” and that the Mountaineers are sitting pretty in his recruitment. Kentucky is the only other Power Five school to offer, but many others are taking the same approach as WVU did – come work out with the coaches to see that you’re more than a sprinter, and we’ll offer.
At the big man portion of the camp, the top performer hailed from Belleville, Michigan. Offensive lineman Coleon Smith was a man amongst boys at the camp, measuring in at 6-feet-6 and 315 pounds. He was a wall during one-on-ones and offensive line coach Matt Moore praised his “great footwork, flexibility, and strength.” Afterward, he was brought to meet head coach Neal Brown.
“I went on a tour of the facility, then sat down with the coaches at the end and had a good talk,” said Smith. “Then they offered me. I was really excited.”
This was Smith’s first time in Morgantown, but he is already working on a return trip, possibly for an official visit later this summer or in the fall. Right now, the Mountaineers are in the catbird seat in his recruitment.
“I’d say they sit at one, but I’ll see as I build a relationship with the staff,” he said.
Kentucky is the main competition for Smith, too. It was his first Power Five offer and several others – including Iowa State and Indiana – have joined the mix.
This coming weekend, there will be an opportunity for more top recruits to earn offers. West Virginia will host dueling camps on Friday (one for specialists, and another one-day camp for all recruits) and then another on Monday.
Those will be the last two one-day camps before the dead period, and it should be a big weekend for the Mountaineers.