West Virginia got their first commitment for the 2021 class when European TE Victor Wikström pledged with the Mountaineers today.
He was at camp as part of the PPI Group, which resulted in a 2020 scholarship for CB Jairo Faverus. PPI Recruiting was founded by former player Brandon Collier as a way to expose American colleges to European players and attract scholarship opportunities for those kids.
Wikström has offers from Ga Tech, UMass, UNC-Charlotte, and Eastern Michigan.
Danderyd, Stockholm Sweden
(PPI Recruiting Group)
Height & Weight: 6’3″ 225 lbs
Class of: 2021
Now finding out there’s a chance that Wikstrom could possbily reclassify as a member of the Class of 2020.
Since European kids have a different schooling system, he would have to get clearance from the NCAA on his grades and status. This is something Nikki Izzo Brown deals with all the time since the women’s soccer team has had many Canadians and several European kids.
This is our first foray into the European recruiting scene. Both of these commits look pretty good on paper. Hope these kids stick to their committments. We didn’t do well with the Aussi kicker last year. Only time will tell.
Well now. Looking a little closer this name popped up last year on the roster as a RFR but I don’t see where we offered a schollie or signed him in 2017 or 2018.
Here are the other foreign players that I could see
Canada: Wayne Yearwood, Maurice Richards, Mike Vanderjagt, Paul Cranmer, Dwayne Muddle.
Nigeria: Soray Aisien-ogbebor
Jamacia: Charlton Forbes
Sjostedt is a walk-on. Still a bit undersized for an offensive lineman, but seems to work hard, so we’ll see how it works out. He came in at 250 and is now up to 270. Even though he is a native of Sweden, he comes through the same Bristol Sports Academy program in England as Jairo Faverus. Wilkstrom attends RIG Academy, which is in Sweden.
PPI’s Brandon Collier tells me Wikstrom will be a 2021, but that he is on track to enroll at WVU in December of 2020.
Being an EE for 2021 class is good news. He’ll get a full spring to work out with the team.