West Virginia Football: Latest Summer News and Recruiting Updates
West Virginia finished their final season in the Big East in style.
They racked up 10 victories and had one of the most explosive offenses in the country. Now heading into the Big 12, they will have a much more difficult schedule standing in their way.
It should be a very interesting season for this team, and they have a ton of potential heading into the new year.
But while Mountaineer fans are excited waiting for the season to begin—what could be the biggest season in program history—there is plenty of news going on surrounding the recruiting process.
Here are some of the latest updates on some of the top recruits that the West Virginia Mountaineers are hoping to land.
Tyler Boyd Likes West Virginia?
Tyler Boyd recently participated at an invite-only combine in Georgia, showing off his best attribute—his speed of course.
This 4-star recruit is extremely fast, which is part of the reason he is listed as anywhere from a wide receiver to a defensive back. He covers a ton of ground in no time and is a playmaker with the ball in his hands.
While he has not dropped many hints on where he will play his college ball, he does believe that the Mountaineers could be a perfect fit.
"Definitely West V. They just on me the hardest, and I like their offense," Boyd told ESPN. "I can come in there and destroy it and be a perfect fit."
His speed on the offensive side of the ball will really add to what West Virginia already has going on. But there is competition with other offers from schools such as Penn State, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh and Boston College, just to name a few.
David Williams Names His Top 10
When you have as many offers as 4-star running back David Williams had, cutting it down to just 10 schools is an accomplishment in itself.
“It’s an unofficial top 10,” Williams said. “It’s Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Penn State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, South Carolina, Arizona State, California, Tennessee and Nebraska.” (Via Scout.com)
Williams has already visited schools such as South Carolina, Tennessee and North Carolina State. There have been no talks about the running back from Philadelphia, PA visiting Morgantown quite yet, but you have to believe the Mountaineers will have their shot at some point.
Williams is a speedy back, but at 6'1", 191 pounds, he can run with power as well. He is widely considered to be one of the best backs in this year's class.
Dajaun Drennon Has West Virginia Near the Top
Dajaun Drennon is a 4-star defensive end, but can also play the tight end position as well. He is a very long player at 6,3", 225 pounds and he gets off the ball extremely quickly. He has terrific pursuit and is able to get in the backfield in a hurry and make plays.
He has several offers on the table and just got back from checking out West Virginia. He enjoyed the energy of the coaching staff, but also liked the idea that he was able to show some of his abilities on the offensive side of the ball.
While there are many other schools pushing for his services, such as Notre Dame, Alabama and North Carolina, among others, West Virginia is right in the thick of it for landing a top player in 2013.
Taquan Mizzell Has West Virginia in Top Three
Taquan Mizzell is a 4-star running back, who will develop into a playmaker at the college level in no time.
At 5'10", 185 pounds, he is not the biggest back in the world. He is extremely fast, elusive in the open field, has terrific field vision and can even contribute in the receiving game as well.
He recently gave Scout.com his top 10 schools that included schools like Ohio State, Miami and West Virginia, among a few others. But now he has hinted that his top three schools are Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio State.
Mizzell has said that he talks to West Virginia running back coach Keith Patterson quite a bit. Considering he is from Virginia Beach, VA, the Mountaineers may have the inside track in landing the speedster.
Marcus Newby Checking out West Virginia Again
Marcus Newby is considered one of the top outside linebackers in the 2013 class and is anywhere from a 3-star to 4-star prospect, depending on which site you are looking at.
He has a great combination of speed and power and is effective in pass coverage, as well as stopping the run. He plays the game with a high motor and is about as sure of a tackler you are going to find.
He has already checked out schools such as Penn State, Nebraska and Oklahoma, and has a visit scheduled to check out West Virginia once again on June 30.
With the current question marks at the linebacker position for West Virginia, Newby would be a great fit, if he decides to pack his bags for Morgantown.