Morgantown, West Virginia – Player after player, starter after starter has left the West Virginia football program over the last two years.
The most recent player to leave the team and enter the transfer portal, Ahkeem Mesidor, was the most difficult pill to swallow for Neal Brown and his staff. Mesidor was a Brown recruit and had a great relationship with the coaching staff, according to Brown.
“I learned Akheem Messidor was entering the transfer portal,” Brown said following Mesidor’s announcement. “I’m candidly very surprised. I’m not angry. I’m not upset. Just hurt. I hurt because the investment and the relationship. I was really close to him. Akheem worked extremely hard and is talented.This is a big loss and this one hurts.”
Although West Virginia has lost an incredible amount of players, the rest of the transfers were Dana Holgorsen recruits.
Regardless of who recruited the players, West Virginia’s roster has been devastated by the transfer portal, and many of the players lost were starters or key reserves.
West Virginia University, Shane Lyons and Neal Brown can paint a rosy, positive picture, but the reality is that the Mountaineers football program is in real trouble.
Mike Farrell, “the Godfather of College Football Recruiting”, pointed out that “something isn’t right at West Virginia University.” Farrell said that he’s trying to determine the reasons why so many high-level kids are leaving the program before adding that he’s digging into why it’s happening.
Something isn’t right at #WVU
— Mike Farrell (@mfarrellsports) April 2, 2022
Despite the loss of several impact players since last season, Neal Brown has insisted that there isn’t a culture problem within his program. However, although transfers are happening everywhere in college football, it’s simply not happening everywhere like it is at West Virginia University.
This isn’t by chance and this isn’t just a fluke. This is something that Neal Brown and his staff must figure out before it’s too late.