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2025 WR Refers to WVU Football as ‘Up There’ on His List After Visit



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The WVU football program checks off multiple boxes on the wish list of class of 2025 wide receiver recruit Joshua Rodriguez.

WV Sports Now spoke with the Somerville, New Jersey native about his recent trip to Morgantown and his conversations with the coaching staff.

Before fully getting into what the coaches said to him, Rodriguez explained what went on during his visit, a visit that led to an official offer.

“Met the staff, learned about how they run their program. Met the weight room coach, the nutritionist and how they use their cooks only for the football team. Then we walked around the facility. Then went to the basketball game, it was amazing experience!,” said Rodriguez about his weekend on campus.

But aside from getting the full VIP tour and soaking everything WVU in, the main point of the trip was to further build a relationship with the coaching staff, most notably head coach Neal Brown and wide receivers coach Bilal Marshall, and get a feel for what they would expect from him as a Mountaineer.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Rodriguez wanted to determine if he fits into the West Virginia culture and game plan of the offense. And judging by what he said about his discussions with Brown and Marshall, it sounds as if Rodriguez and WVU are going to continue forming a bond.

“With Coach (Neal) Brown, we were talking about where he would see me playing and how I would come back for spring practices to spend more time with him and the staff.”

“With Coach Bilal (Marshall), we just kept it real with each other and he was explaining to me how close his wide receivers were with him, and how it’s more than football. And it’s more of a family.”

And most importably, Rodriguez feels the fit is there, not only personally, but also on the field. He says Somerville High School incorporates some of the same plays he saw West Virginia run throughout the 2023 season.

Rodriguez is comfortable saying WVU is up there near the top of his list right now, but does have visits scheduled with Michigan State, Pitt and Toledo.

Click here for the rest of WV Sports Now’s coverage of WVU football recruiting.

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