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Relationship, Fit Could Lead WPIAL Star from Pittsburgh to West Virginia

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WVU Football HC Neal Brown and WPIAL star Bradley Gompers

Even though Pitt’s campus sits in the same area this WPIAL star attends high school, he’s still considering head south to WVU for college.

And the Mountaineers are pushing hard for

Bradley Gompers, who is one of the last remaining top 2025 prospects out of Western Pennsylvania, recently included West Virginia on his updated list of schools.

WPIAL 3-Star Athlete Puts West Virginia in Top 7

Gompers definitely has options though, as he’s being heavily recruited by several other programs. So why is this Pittsburgh kid considering WVU?

Gompers explained his reasoning to Nathan Breisinger of our partner Pittsburgh Sports Now.

“They’re going to be really good this year, I think. They have a really good team coming back. I fit in their defense really well. I feel like with my versatility, I could play very easily in either one of their defenses. The relationships as well have made it very clear that they want me,” said Gompers.

As is often the case with prospects who end up committing to WVU head coach Neal Brown and his staff, if Gompers picks West Virginia, it’s likely due to the relationship he has with the coaches and the opportunity they will provide him as a player. He last made the trip down Interstate-79 on April 24.

The versatile three-star athlete is being recruited as a linebacker by most schools, but he says WVU views him as a perfect fit for more of a hybrid role.

“They like me as what they call the viper position. It’s more of an outside linebacker, strong safety hybrid – they play in space a little more, which I like.”

How WVU sees him also seems to align with how Gompers describes himself between the lines.

“I’m very versatile. My ability to play almost any position is valuable. With my size, I move really well with both defense and offense. I run really good routes and can play in space really well.”

Along with WVU, Gompers is considering Duke, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Pitt and Rutgers. Gompers is the latest recruit the two Backyard Brawl rivals are battling it out for.

He told Pittsburgh Sports Now that he plans on making a decision by the end of June or early July and is looking to lock in an official visits in the coming weeks.

Our partner Pittsburgh Sports Now helped with the reporting for this story.

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

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