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Asti: Addition of WR Jaden Bray Serves Multiple Purposes for WVU Offense



WVU Football WR Jaden Bray with Oklahoma State

The addition of wide receiver Jaden Bray will open up new possibilities for the WVU offense. When WVU head coach Neal Brown made it known the Mountaineer were on the hunt for wide receiver help in the portal, there was no telling what options they would find.

West Virginia sent offers to receivers from all over the country from all different levels of football, spanning the power conferences and even Division II. And while many of them have talent and were also coveted by other similar programs to WVU, landing a player like Bray is the best case scenario.

WVU Football Signs Oklahoma State Transfer Jaden Bray

Bray brings experience and knowledge of the Big 12, having competed at Oklahoma State. But on top of his experience, Bray also brings production with him. He made 30 receptions for 382 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Cowboys in 2023.

Bray, who officially completed his transfer to WVU on Thursday, will now join a Mountaineer offense that is returning wide receivers Traylon Ray and Rodney Gallagher, as well as quarterback Garrett Greene, running back Jahiem White, tight end Kole Taylor and most of its offensive line.

The expectation is that Bray will fit nicely on the outside with Hudson Clement and EJ Horton and has the size to handle most one-on-one battles. It might require some work to get all of these receivers involved, but there was a sense of needing to replenish the receiver room some based on the inconsistent play at times during the 2023 season.

Separate from what he offers on the field, Bray will be a veteran the rest of a still youthful group can look upon for guidance. With three years of college football behind him, Bray can fill Devin Carter’s shoes as a leader the others can learn from, both on and off the field. And unlike when Carter moved to Morgantown, Bray has multiple years of eligibility remaining.

Bray even knows what it’s like to play in a Big 12 Championship Game, something he did twice at OSU. A bonus of the Bray move is taking a key player away from a conference foe, making it all that much sweeter for the Mountaineers.

Having someone like Bray around with makes life easier on the coaches, most notably wide receivers coach Bilal Marshall.

The Norman, Oklahoma native committed to WVU six days after being offered and following his visit to West Virgina over the weekend. Fellow Big 12 member Cincinnati also offered Bray. Washington State and USF were in the mx with interest as well.

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