For the second year in a row, West Virginia football coach Neal Brown has been able to sign the top-rated in-state recruit to the Mountaineers. Last year it was Bluefield defensive lineman Sean Martin and this year it is Spring Valley offensive tackle Wyatt Milum.
Milum was the very first player to sign with the Mountaineers during the 2021 early signing period on Wednesday morning. Brown said Milum was a player he and his staff identified as a target early on.
“He’s a kid that I think can be a long-time starter here at West Virginia, can be one of the really high-level tackles in the Big 12 and somebody that was a must-get for us,” Brown said Wednesday afternoon. “We felt like Wyatt was somebody we identified very, very early, maybe within the first week that we were here. Credit to [offensive line coach] Matt Moore really building a strong relationship with him and his family.”
Milum helped Spring Valley to a 7-2 record and into the second round of the state playoffs as a senior this season. ESPN, 247Sports and rivals all rated him as the top in-state recruit in this year’s class.
Milum is the latest in what has been a recent trend of division one offensive linemen coming out of Spring Valley.
- Wyatt Milum 2021 – WVU
- Bryce Biggs 2021 – Marshall (Verbal commit)
- Doug Nestor 2019 – Virginia Tech (Now in transfer portal)
- Zach Williamson 2019 – Louisville
- Riley Locklear 2017 – Tennessee
- Alex Locklear 2015 – Marshall (Grad transfer to Utah)
- Trevor Stacy 2015 – Charlotte
- Johnathan Fry 2010 – Bowling Green
“They’ve done a really good job at Spring Valley developing offensive linemen,” Brown said. “I don’t know if it’s something in the water there or what but they’ve had a lot of big kids come out of there and Wyatt’s the latest one.”
Milum committed to the Mountaineers on March 7, choosing WVU over Alabama, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Penn State and Virginia Tech, who were all in his top six.