West Virginia’s Class of 2022 added another member on Friday with the commitment of 3-star offensive lineman Landen Livingston.
Livingston (6’5″, 285) is from Leo, Indiana and committed to WVU over Iowa, Indiana, Purdue and Cincinnati. This becomes the 14th commitment for the Mountaineers and the 4th offensive lineman (3-star Maurice Hamilton, 3-star Sully Weidman and 3-star Charlie Katarincic).
— Landen Livingston (@LandenLivingst1) July 16, 2021
Official visits are intended to play a big factor for a player when it comes time to make a decision and that was certainly the case with Livingston when he traveled to Morgantown during the second week of June.
West Virginia Sports Now spoke to the newest Mountaineer commitment about that and more following his decision earlier this afternoon.
“My official visit was a huge factor in my decision making process,” said Livingston. “We really liked West Virginia and through all my official visits, that was my top official visit. Everything they did there and it was crazy nice. I built great relationships with everyone there, the defensive coaches, all the assistants. It played a huge part because I got to see what West Virginia was really like since I’ve never been there before. They blew me out of my shoes and I left there knowing that they were going to be the top school in my recruitment. Obviously today I sealed the deal.”
Following his trip to Morgantown, I asked Livingston if he went on his three remaining official visits and basically used that to compare all his other competitors to what he experienced at West Virginia?
“We really did. The whole time I was looking at what felt like the best fit but we also continued that process at home on a white board, where we were writing down the pros and cons of each school. All that information was something I kept to myself and in the end, all that led me to the decision I made today.”
The other thing that Livingston was doing at home was tracking the recruiting success that West Virginia has enjoyed in this Class of 2022. With his commitment, the Mountaineers are currently ranked No. 23 by Rivals and Livingston believes he’s about to join something very special at WVU.
“I really feel that Coach Brown is building something very special,” said Livingston. “During my visit, he sat down with my family and I and talked about his future plans for the program and that really stood out to me. Seeing the type of atmosphere that he’s trying to bring to the program and how he’s trying to teach all the players to be the best that they can be both on the field and off the field, including academics, that really showed me something. Obviously, this recruiting class is building to be one of the best in West Virginia history and just to be a part of that is an amazing feeling. I feel that West Virginia football is really on the rise right now and I really wanted to be a part of that and make some history happen.”