West Virginia Football Recruiting: Is WVU the Leader for Wendell Smallwood?

Oliver Crawford IIICorrespondent IIIJuly 28, 2012

Photo courtesy of Rivals
Photo courtesy of Rivals

Wendell Smallwood is one of the more talented running back prospects in the country, and with offers from Auburn and Boston College to go along with an offer from West Virginia, many coaches have taken notice.

A year ago, he rushed for 11 touchdowns while hauling in three receiving scores.

This weekend, the Mountaineers are hosting over 100 prospects on campus for their summer football camp and Smallwood will be among the many players in attendance.

The young running back from Eastern Christian Academy in Maryland will join another Mountaineer target on his visit when arrives in Morgantown with the family of WR Daikiel Shorts.

Both players are strongly considering the Mountaineers, and with both having visited campus several times this summer, you have to like WVU's chances with both talented prospects.

The Maryland RB is being recruited by two of West Virginia's best recruiters, with both Daron Roberts and Robert Gillespie taking the lead in the recruitment of Smallwood.

Key points that the coaches are drilling home are how the RB will fit into the Mountaineers offense, an aspect that the Maryland athlete is very excited about. At 5'11" and 200 pounds, he is a tough runner that WVU is looking for to complement current RB commit DeShawn Coleman.

Smallwood can run for the home-run touchdown or pound you through the tackles and shows great strength to break through tackles. His speed on film will simply blow you away and he has been clocked at a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. 

Coleman and Smallwood would make a dynamic one-two punch for the WVU offense that hasn't been seen in a few years.

In an article by Anthony Krumpach of Rivals (subscription only) he notes that the decision will be coming on August 24th. If so, you have to like the Mountaineers' chances in this recruiting battle and this race will come down between WVU, Auburn and Boston College for his services.