For the West Virginia Mountaineers, the 2019 recruiting class will be one of the most crucial for the team’s success moving forward.
With star players like Will Grier, David Long, and David Sills expected to suit up for the Mountaineers for the last time this season, the incoming class will have a lot of production to replace.
Here is a quick look at three prospects who have already committed to West Virginia for their 2019 class.
1. Lee Kpogba-OLB
Lee Kpogba is a 6’2, 210 lb linebacker from Winston Salem, North Carolina. Kpogba has outstanding size for a linebacker coming out of high school, and will look to slide in a replace the void left by the predicted departure of linebacker David Long next season. The linebacker committed to the Mountaineers on October 28. Kpogba had offers from some other high level competition, such as Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. Kpogba is a three star recruit, and the 35th ranked OLB in the country.
2. Jalen Thornton-SDE
Jalen Thornton measures in at 6’3, 242 lbs, and is from Cincinnati, Ohio. Thornton attends Indian Hill High School, and is clearly their best defender. Watching his tape, Thornton plays all over the field. He will lineup at defensive end for some plays, some at linebacker, and even dropped back and made a nice play on the ball in coverage for an interception in one play I saw. His versatility will be a great asset to the Mountaineers defense. Thornton had other big time offers from Cincinnati and Iowa State, and comes in as the 64th ranked SDE in the country, and a three star prospect.
3. Deshon Stoudemire-WR
Deshon Stoudemire is a 6’1, 175 lb wide receiver from Stone Mountain, Georgia who attends Stephenson High School. Stoudemire committed to the Mountaineers just a little under two months ago, on March 23rd. The tall, lengthy receiver actually had offers from some very impressive schools before choosing the Mountaineers. Stoudemire was offered by Ohio State, Michigan State, Auburn, South Carolina, and Tennessee before choosing WVU. Stoudemire is a lower tier three star prospect, coming in at 182nd out of all receiver recruits in the country. The development of Stoudemire will be key for the Mountaineers, as star wideout David Sills will graduate after the 2018 season.