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    West Virginia has offered 2018 prospect Byron Hanspard Jr. of DeSoto, Texas.

    Hanspard plays WR/CB at DHS but will likely land at CB on the collegiate level. He was an Arkansas verbal, but he decommited on Nov. 29 after Coach Brett Bielema was fired. WVU and Baylor did not waste time, offering the Under Armour All American in the last few days.

    Other schools that have been linked to Hanspard in the past include Colorado, Indiana, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Houston and scores more.


    Hanspard will not be leaving Texas…verbal to Baylor. Will sign 12/20


    West Virginia has slipped across the border into Maryland again to offer 2019 prospect Bryson Shaw of Bullis High School in Potomac, MD.

    Shaw plays wide receiver and safety for BHS. In addition to the Mountaineers, he also hold offers from Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Rutgers and UVA.

    Shaw was also a high level lacrosse player. Not sure if he has given that sport up to concentrate on football or not.

    bryson shaw


    WVU has returned to their old stomping grounds in Western Pennsylvania to get in early on a freakishly athletic 2021 safety.

    Derrick Davis just completed his freshman year at Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa. where he helped lead his team to a 14-2 record and a spot in the Pennsylvania Class 5A state title game.

    Gateway ultimately lost to Archbishop Wood 49-14, but Davis made quite an impression on college coaches. WVU, Penn State and Pitt all offered him in the span of a month.

    There is still a long way to go in this one, but Davis will undoubtedly end up being one of the top safety prospects in Pennsylvania and possibly the East Coast region before all is said and done.

    derrick davis


    Derrick …. WVU would be honored and blessed if you committed to the Mountaineers.

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    West Virginia continues looking to the future with another offer in 2019.

    John Bivens is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound RB from Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering, OH (a suburb of Dayton).

    Bivens shows P5 offers from West Virginia, Indiana, Southern Cal, Louisville, Iowa State and Kentucky.



    West Virginia has offered a Florida safety for this year’s class.

    Jeremiah Salaam of Frostproof High School announced on his Twitter page that the Mountaineers have offered.

    The 6-foot-1 2018 prospect claims many high level offers from the likes of Ohio State, Oklahoma, Arizona, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Pitt, Vanderbilt, Indiana, North Carolina, Rutgers, Missouri and Ole Miss.



    Barry Moreland, a JUCO CB from Central Lakes College in Minnesota, says he will be walking on at WVU. He plans to enroll for the 2nd semester and compete for a scholarship beginning this Spring.


    The new semester starts at WVU on Jan. 8, and right now we know of six football players who signed with the Mountaineers during the early National Letter of Intent period who are supposed to enroll for this spring semester. They are:
    juco linebacker Charlie Benton
    high school linebacker Josh Chandler
    high school quarterback Trey Lowe
    juco safety Joshua Norwood
    high school offensive lineman Blaine Scott
    juco cornerback Keith Washington

    Obviously there can always be changes to this list, with an addition or two, or even a deletion. We’ll report anything new we uncover.


    Three early enrollee walk-ons:
    • T.J. Kpan, RB, 5-10, 195 lbs. – A native of McMurray, Pa., where he attended Peters Township High School, the junior-to-be is transferring to WVU from Seton Hill University. A native of Liberia, his father was killed in that country’s civil war when Tramaty (known to all as T.J.) was young, and he and aunt moved to the Pittsburgh area when he was age five. He soon began participating in sports and excelled at football, though knee injuries have slowed him previously.
    • Sam Trapuzzano, PK/P, 5-7 lbs. – A native of Washington, Pa., where he was a first-team all-state punter (40.0 ypk) and successful placekicker (12-of-17 on field goals with a 43-yard long as a senior in 2015), while also playing defensive back. He attended Bucknell University the past two years, but an injury in the 2016 preseason hampered his opportunity to get onto the field. He’ll look for a fresh start at WVU, competing as both a punter and placekicker.
    • Jesse Beal, TE, 6-6, 250 lbs. – Beal is getting a late start on his college career, as he spent past 10 years pursuing professional baseball opportunities. A three-sport athlete (baseball, basketball and football) at South County High, which is in Lorton, Va., Beal was drafted as a pitcher in the 14th round by the Baltimore Orioles in 2008. He bounced around in that organization for seven years (2008-14) but never got above the High A level. His most successful seasons came in the early going, when he started a total of 32 games over the course of the 2009 (in Bluefield) and ’10 campaigns with an ERA of 4.0 during that time. But an injury kept him off the field complete in 2011, and his career never seemed to recover. He stayed with the Orioles organization for three additional years, switching to a reliever role, and then was released by Baltimore in 2015. He spent two more years trying to resurrect that career in independent leagues, but now he’s moving on from baseball and will be trying football as a 27-year-old freshman. Jesse’s younger brother Evan helped pitch the South Carolina Gamecocks to the 2012 College World Series before moving on to the pro ranks. He was drafted by Kansas City and advanced to AAA in 2016 before being traded to the Miami. Evan is now trying to work his way up through the Marlins’ system as a relief pitcher.


    Jesse Beal, TE, 6’6″ , 250 lbs, 27 yr old FR is interesting.  Because of his age and life experience he could be a calming factor for the younger kids.  On the other hand, pitchers aren’t usually the most athletic specamines.


    Beal’s maturity and size making him an interesting prospect. But I also don’t know if he has any football skills at all, but it will be interesting to watch him. I’m rooting for him, because as someone always in search of an interesting story, he would be a great one to write about.


    2019 JUCO OL Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu of Navarro (TX) College has been offered a scholarship by WVU. The Mountaineers join Syracuse, Arkansas and TCU so far in offering the 6-foot-5, 365-pound behemoth. He played high school football in Nevada.

    There’s a good possibility he will graduate in time to enroll in the college of his choice by January 2019.



    West Virginia has offered 2019 Ohio DL prospect Steven Faucheux of Lakota West High School in West Chester.

    The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Faucheux has offers from WVU, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Penn State, Pitt, Boston College, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland and more.



    The Mountaineers have ventured into North Carolina to offer 2019 DL Jaden Mckenzie of Wake Forest High School.

    The 6-foot-3, 280-lb prospect has offers from Wake Forest, North Carolina and Old Dominion so far.



    West Virginia coaches have offered 2019 DB Quinton Newsome of North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, GA.

    The kid is just starting to blow up, so WVU is in early. Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, ECU, Temple and Ball State have also offered.

    Quinton Newsome


    WVU continues mining the Peach State for talent.

    This time the Mountaineers have offered OL Jakai Clark of Grayson High School in Loganville, GA. The 6’2″ 315-lb prospect is 2019 and projects at Guard.

    Clark also shows offers from Kansas, Rutgers, Syracuse, Minnesota, Oregon State and Cincinnati.

    Jakai Clark


    West Virginia returns to Virginia to offer 2019 prospect Salim Turner-Muhammad of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA.

    Turner-Muhammad is a 6-foot-1, 175-lb athlete who projects as a CB at the college level.

    His offer sheet includes WVU, Georgia, UVA, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Rutgers and Duke.

    salim turner-muhammad


    West Virginia is in the game for 2019 DB Moses Douglass of Springfield High School near Dayton.

    Mountaineer coach Bruce Tall, who handles the state of Ohio for WVU, is recruiting the 6-foot-2, 190-lb Douglass.

    The Mountaineers have their work cut out for them as Douglass is a highly recruited athlete with nearly 30 offers, including national champion Alabama. Other big boy offers include Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

    moses douglass


    West Virginia is back in familiar stomping grounds in Western Pennsylvania to offer a 2019 defensive back.

    Joey Porter Jr. is a 6-foot-2, 175-lb CB from North Allegheny High School in Wexford. He is being recruited by Matt Caponi, who handles western Pa. for the Mountaineers.

    Being from the Pittsburgh area, there a lots of connections to former, current and future Mountaineers for Porter. For example, he knows Kenny Robinson and used the current Mountaineer safety’s photo in his Twitter announcement.

    He has offers from West Virginia, Colorado State, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Temple, Boston College and several other P5 programs.

    joey porter


    WVU hits the DC Beltway again to offer an athletic 2019 defensive back out of Bethesda.

    Jalen Williams is a big, strong 6-foot, 190-lb safety from Landon High School who holds offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, North Carolina and Boston College with more to follow.

    Williams has been compared to Karl Joseph, which explains why he used a picture of the former Mountaineer / current Oakland Raider safety in his Twitter announcement about the offer from WVU. He is being recruited by Tony Dews.

    jalen williams

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