Kwantel Raines Chooses WVU
West Virginia added its second football verbal commitment in three days when highly-regarded safety Kwantel Raines chose West Virginia over Pitt, Penn State and Florida on Monday evening. The recruiting battle was spread across social media, with followers of Pitt and WVU chiming in repeatedly with pleas for their school. In the end, it was WVU’s first-in status with an offer, plus the persistence of Mountaineer defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, that put him in the West Virginia camp.
All glory to God.. pic.twitter.com/gaiszSZWyS
— Telly Mac (@KwantelRaines) October 30, 2017
Raines is a hard-hitting safety who plays with the tenacity of a linebacker against the run, but also has the ability to cover receivers across the field. As such, he is an excellent fit for either the free safety or spur position at West Virginia, but getting him closer to the line of scrimmage seems to be the best option at this point. Raines has said that while he isn’t averse to playing linebacker, he believes that safety is the best spot for him. Even a cursory look at his video reinforces that point, as it’s dotted with big hits.
Raines has helped lead a Quips defense that has allowed just 23 points this year, and is undefeated through 10 games while on a path to a deep playoff run. His commitment to West Virginia was helped, in part, by the success former Aliquippa star Dravon Askew-Henry has enjoyed at WVU.
Raines is the 19th member of the current WVU class. That number has moved up and down the past couple of weeks with commitments and decommitments, but with the early signing period just more than a month away, the members of the class look to be pretty solid. Raines joins cornerbacks Joshua Norwood and Jayce Rogers as defensive secondary commitments.