West Virginia football hosted quite a few recruits at its elite Let’s Go Camp Sunday, and one of those players was Kahlil Ali.
Ali, a 2023 4-star safety from Pennsauken High School in Pennsauken, New Jersey, originally received his WVU offer back in December of 2019, and Sunday was a chance to get to meet with the WVU coaching staff. He also has offers from Boston College, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia.
After a successful camp for Ali, which he said he really liked, he was able to talk with WVU head coach Neal Brown and safeties coach Dontae Wright, among others, and even be shown around the campus for a bit. However, the best part of camp was definitely getting to experience the WVU coaching.
“The best part of camp was definitely getting coached up by coach Wright and coach Brown,” Ali said. “Seeing how they run things and how their practices are, them coaching me up the way they coach their players up … I like how they coach.”
After the time spent with WVU coaches after the camp, Ali felt like he had all questions and thoughts answered by the staff. Things like nutrition, body recovery, what the WVU coaches do for their players in order to make it to the next level and more were all covered.
While there isn’t an official visit on Ali’s schedule yet, the WVU experience has given him a good idea of WVU’s program.
“They are pretty high on my list,” Ali said. “Especially with them being only four hours away from home, one of their coaches really coming at me. I really liked it after today; I’m definitely looking forward to coming up here sometime next year.”
At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Ali is a big-bodied wide receiver and safety for the Indians. He flashed strong production as a freshman in 2019-2020, racking up 168 receiving yards and a touchdown while picking off three passes on defense. As a sophomore, Ali caught 25 passes for 550 yards and eight touchdowns while making 36 tackles on defense in a shortened season. Ali also showed off his arm strength as a sophomore, tossing an 80-yard touchdown on a trick play.
Ali showed off his strong hands and the ability to make contested catches, along with serving as a top red-zone target for the Indians, while showing off a nose for the ball on defense.
With visits planned for Boston College and Maryland in the coming days, Ali is going to remain busy on the recruiting trail this summer. Next summer, he’s looking to finally make his way back to Morgantown.