West Virginia head coach Neal Brown often brings up how the offensive line is the bedrock of quality programs. With this being the case, landing a four-star offensive lineman like William Satterwhite, with experience at both tackle and guard, would be a major win for WVU.
Securing a commitment from Satterwhite, who still has his senior season of high school left to play, won’t be easy. The Akron, Ohio native has been racking up offers from major brand name programs. WVSN spoke with the 6’5″, 290 pound lineman to pick his brain on his the recruitment process, how he views himself as a player and if he has any timetable for narrowing down his list of top schools in mind.
“Me and Coach (Jeff) Koonz have been talking since last year and Coach (Neal) Brown wanted to see me in person before offering me. He stopped in yesterday. The coaches loved my film,” said Satterwhite about what led up to the Mountaineers joining the mix for his services. The opinions of West Virginia match up with how Satterwhite is viewed nationally. He’s classified as a four-star prospect by prominent outlets like 247 Sports and On3.com.
— William Satterwhite (@WilliamSatt50) January 19, 2023
The question may become if Satterwhite’s style truly fits with what the Mountaineers are trying to do on offense. He sees himself as best with a passing heavy offense. West Virginia recently promoted Chad Scott to offensive coordinator, filling the spot on the staff left void by Graham Harrell deciding to leave for the same role at Purdue. In 2022, Scott ran the most consistently successful aspect of the WVU offense – the running game, which averaged 171.5 yards per game thanks to an overall effort of several backs.
With all of that said, Satterwhite revealed Scott is not among the WVU coaches he’s talked to, which is somewhat surprising since his offer came a couple days after news of Scott’s promotion became official.
It will be interesting if WVU can impress Satterwhite enough to pose a threat to Penn State and other schools vying for one of the best lineman in the state of Ohio. In addition to WVU and PSU, viewed as the favorite by many for the prestige of the institution and the belief he grew up a fan of the Nittany Lions, Auburn, Cincinnati, Duke, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pitt, Wake Forest and Wisconsin stand out among all of the programs interested in Satterwhite as an actor of their 2024 recruiting class. Satterwhite attended Penn State’s Junior Day this past weekend.
Despite all of the attention, Satterwhite doesn’t feel any sense of urgency in committing or even announcing any favorites. “I really don’t want to say any names just yet,” responded Satterwhite when directly asked which schools are currently at the top of his list.
Does West Virginia really stand a chance to beat out so much tough competition and acquire Satterwhite? Will WVU’s focus on running, that now even extends to the quarterback with the most experience on the roster in Garrett Greene as a dual threat.
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