Charles Finley Adds Name To WVU Football Commitment List
West Virginia moved past the halfway point in its 2020 recruiting class, at least in terms of its 25 allowable scholarships, when Charles Finley made public his selection of the Mountaineers on Friday evening.
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— Charles_Finley (@CharlesFinleyDP) August 16, 2019
Finley is the 13th commitment in the class, and the first tight end. He joins wide receivers Devell Washington and Reese Smith as passcatchers in the class. He also had offers from Pitt, Rutgers, East Carolina, Boston College, Maryland, Toledo, Western Michigan and UMass, among others.
The New Jersey native has been on an improvement arc since the end of his junior season, playing well at several camps and elevating his stock with recruiters. It’s likely that will go even higher during his senior season, but the ties he forged to West Virginia during visits over the summer would seem to have him locked in with the Mountaineers.
Finley often lines up in the slot for DePaul Cathlolic High School, typically as a detached tight end just a few yards outside the tackle. He works the middle of the field very well, using his height to haul in passes over shorter defenders. He secures the ball quickly after the catch, and gets his head upfield in short order to assess his running lane for more yardage.
In some ways, his high school video reminds of current tight end Mike O’Laughlin, who was also used in a similar role during his prep career. Finley certainly has the frame to add some weight to help with blocking demands, but his core athleticism made him a top priority for WVU. He shows the ability to catch the ball against contact, and can shield defenders while snatching the ball cleanly with his hands away from his body. He also has a long stride that is deceptive in the open field, allowing him to eat up yards after the catch.
Finley’s height also makes him a natural target for timing patterns in the corner of the end zone, where his leaping ability also comes into play. He has the body control and flexibilit of a wide receiver, and if he can keep that as he grows, he could be a dangerous weapon in the red zone.