WVU Adds Defensive Back To Class Of 2020
West Virginia has again tapped a non-traditional recruiting ground as it builds its football team of the future. A couple of days after receiving a commitment from Missouri native Lanell Carr – just the third WVU football player ever from that state – the Mountaineers went even further afield to snare a verbal from Jairo Faverus.
I feel blessed and exited to announce that I will be continuing my academic and athletic career at West Virginia University!! @NealBrown_WVU @Coach_Addae @Coach_August @PPIRecruits @BCollier56 #TakeMeHome20 #GoMountaineers #Committed pic.twitter.com/BrSWV1ydCP
— Jaïro Faverus (@Jairofaverus) June 18, 2019
A European native of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, Faverus plays for the Bristol Academy Pride, an American football team that is part of SGS Stroud Bristol Academy of Sport. That school and program, located in England, has placed several players at U.S. colleges and universities over the past few years. Faverus becomes the latest product of the school to commit to a Division I school in the U.S. The program claims some 20 alumni as scholarship players in the States, including two – Alex Jenkins and Santigie Sankoh – in the NFL.
Faverus’ profile was also raised by PPI Recruits, which was founded in 2017 by former NFL player Brandon Collier. According to its website:
“In its first year, thirteen of PPI’s prospects obtained FBS scholarships worth $2.5 million in total. PPI launched an intensive scouting and development service, holding multiple camps in Germany, Sweden, Poland, Serbia, and Finland. With PPI, Faverus toured several U.S. colleges and camps recently, as detailed here. He earned an offer from WVU during PPI’s recent stop, and made public his choice of the Mountaineers on Tuesday.
On the field, Faverus looks to have all the natural abilities to play corner, combined with the hitting ability to play safety. He has good raw speed, and is flexible in the core and at the hips. He is still learning some of the finer points of technique in coverage, but his work at performance at Bristol Academy is laying a good foundation for his future in college.
Faverus had offers from Minnesota, Cincinnati, Penn State, Rutgers, Yale and Kent State, and could expect more as PPI’s tour of camps winds up.
He is the eighth West Virginia commitment in the class, and likely the second cornerback. David Vincent-Okoli, who committed recently, could play either wide receiver or cornerback, but appears set to begin his Mountaineer career in 2020 at the latter position.