Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers are hosting seven major recruits this weekend and all signs point to several, if not all of them, ending up playing in Morgantown.
Two of the visitors, defensive talent Raleigh Collins and punter Oliver Straw, have already committed. The following is the full list of players who are on their official visits to West Virginia University this weekend and the likelihood of them committing to play for the Mountaineers:
Raleigh Collins – LB/DB – Collins, three star prospect from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, chose the Mountaineers over offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Marshall, Oregon, Ole Miss, among several others.
Collins has been one of the most outspoken commits and is now a lock to sign with West Virginia. Confidence Level: 10
— Raleigh Collins III (@_RaleighCollins) December 7, 2021
Oliver Straw – P – Straw, a punter from Melbourne, Australia, has already committed to the Mountaineers and is another lock to play for West Virginia. Confidence Level: 10
— Oliver Straw (@Ollie_Straw) December 10, 2021
De’Carlo Donaldson – TE – Donaldson, a three star recruit from Miami, Florida, would be a perfect replacement for the recently-departed TJ Banks. Donaldson de-committed from Tulane a few days and then immediately scheduled his official visit with West Virginia.
Donaldson to West Virginia looks very promising. Confidence Level: 9
— De’Carlo Donaldson jr (@Sp3Cj) December 11, 2021
Zeiqui Lawton – DL – Lawton, the former #2 high school player in the state of West Virginia and the 2019 recipient of the Sam Huff Award for the state’s top defensive player, entered the transfer portal after playing for the Cincinnati Bearcats this season.
West Virginia, Illinois, Louisville, Indiana, Marshall, NC State, Nebraska and Oregon all offered Lawton out of high school, but Neal Brown said that he would make keeping the top talent in the state stay home and Lawton was one of the finest young players in West Virginia last season, so bringing him back home should be a top priority for Neal Brown and staff now. Confidence Level: 8
— Zeiqui Lawton (@ZeiquiL) December 11, 2021
Josh Newton – DB – Newton was outstanding this season at the University of Louisiana-Monroe before entering the transfer portal and has made it clear that West Virginia is his favorite since he’s become available. The Mountaineers desperately need help in the secondary and Newton is the type of player that can come in and start or play heavy snaps immediately. Confidence Level: 8
Words Can't Explain how thankful I am.. I'm Blessed and Honored to say that I've received a scholarship to continue my career at WVU.. Thank You @NealBrown_WVU @Backendcoach12 @WVUfootball pic.twitter.com/Bm9f2EPg4H
— Josh Newton (@BumpnRunFig) December 10, 2021
Jeremiah Aaron – A 6’1, 185 JUCO wide receiver, Aaron put up big numbers the last two seasons, finishing with 77 receptions, 1,330 yards and 13 touchdowns. It looks like it’s going to come down to West Virginia or Louisville for his services. Confidence Level: 5
— Jeremiah Aaron (@TheRealJayAaron) December 9, 2021
Marques McLaurin – DB – Another talented JUCO player who played last season at Jones College, McLaurin appears to be a near-lock to end up with the Mountaineers. It would be shocking if he left Morgantown without committing. Confidence Level: 9
— MarquesMclaurin (@marques1mc) December 2, 2021