WVU Football Recruiting
2024 3-Star DB JT Haskins Says West Virginia Feels Like Home
Much like most programs these days, West Virginia football is making it a point to find as many true athletes as possible. To that end, JT Haskins, a versatile three-star defensive back, was brought to campus for a visit and a meet and greet with the WVU coaching staff.
Due to the fact that he’s already obtained star ratings by national recruiting outlets and has experience at both defensive back and wide receiver, WVSN reached out to Haskins to discuss his experience in Morgantown and where the Mountaineers stack up compared to other schools.
As is common with any recruit or high school player who visits WVU, Haskins said he received first class treatment. But it’s also common for the program to turn things up a notch when a three-star prospect comes to town, especially one the program has already extended and offer, and it sounds as if that was the case for the 6’1″, 170 pound Haskins. He did arrive at the perfect time since he was even able to experience the full impact of WVU fans while attending the basketball team’s regular season finale win over Kansas State.
Thank you @WVUfootball for the amazing visit yesterday. Can’t wait to be back!!! @NealBrown_WVU @CoachWright37 @Backendcoach12 pic.twitter.com/Qji0wzbfR0
— JT Haskins (@jthaskins3) March 6, 2023
“They said they really liked my ball skills and they love how I could perform both ways on the field. When we first got there, we were greeted by the staff and did an introduction to the whole staff and facility. Then, we went to the basketball game. The fans and atmosphere was ELECTRIC. I can definitely see myself playing in front of a crowd like that. After the basketball game, we talked about the program, weightlifting, nutrition and what West Virginia University has to offer. Then, we did a photoshoot at the end of the day,” Haskins detailed about his whole day at WVU.
We may never know where West Virginia ranked on Haskins’ list before his visit, but it’s safe to say he enjoyed himself and the Mountaineers are now at the top of the list. “I’m looking for somewhere where I feel the most at home and where I can be developed,” he mentioned as what he’s looking for in a college program. Haskins then expanded on then at to say “WVU is definitely one of those places” and further hint that he could see himself joining the Mountaineers.
There may be another reason, a secret weapon of sorts, relationship wise that could lead Haskins, a Kentucky high school product, to choosing WVU as his new home. Haskins has a relationship with former Mountaineer and NFL star Adam “Pacman” Jones. The two met about a year ago at the All-American camp and Haskins says Jones has stayed supportive ever since.
What kind of player would the Mountaineers be gaining if they can keep impressing Haskins enough to earn his commitment over other interested schools like Marshall, Miami (OH), Louisville, Eastern Kentucky, just to name a few?
Well, Haskins has his own thoughts on what he represents on the field. “I’m a long athletic defensive back. I can easily go sideline to sideline making tackles, intercepting the ball or just a simple pass break up. I’m simply a ball hawk with good technique. I study a lot of film so I can put myself in the best situation possible. I’m like having another defensive coordinator on the field. I often tell my teammates what play they are going to run, when they are going to do it and where to line up,” is how Haskins describes himself.
BIG words, but Haskins has all the makings to back it up.