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This afternoon, WVU lost one of its top rated commits in the class of 2020 as defensive end Aaron Lewis flipped his commitment to Michigan while on his visit to Ann Arbor.

After missing out on in-state star Sean Martin, the Mountaineers are currently strapped for defensive lineman in this class. However, there are a pair of targets seriously considering WVU that would be outstanding replacements for the now-departed Lewis.

Clearwater, FL native Akheem Mesidor is one the top defensive ends on the board for the Mountaineers at the moment. Mesidor was on campus for an official visit just a week ago and it seems to have been a good time to make an impression on the stud pass rusher. “Coach Lesley and I have a great relationship, we talk daily and I also have a great relationship with Coach Addae. I really like the coaching staff, they greet me like family and I feel really comfortable around them.” Mesidor told Schuyler Callihan of DubVNation following his visit to Morgantown. His recruiting has heated up considerably recently as he has added seven offers to his list in just the last month.

Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Mesidor attends Clearwater Academy International where nearly half the players were from outside the continental US this past season. Highlights in his list of offers include Syracuse, Ole Miss, Louisville, and Pitt.

One of the most sought after defensive end recruits on WVU’s board is Charlotte native Quentin Williams. Williams attends Mallard Creek High School, the alma mater of 2019 signee Parker Moorer. He was on campus for his official visit last weekend just like Mesidor and appeared to come away impressed. “Coach Brown has done great things in the past and has changed things here already. The players LOVE him. Coach Koenning is funny and is a defensive genius.” Williams told DubVNation. His offer list is extensive including Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Louisville but he has only visited WVU, Miami, and North Carolina. It is believed that a very successful official visit, as well as a personal connection to a current team member, may give the Mountaineers a leg up in Williams’ recruiting process.

Losing a well-regarded recruit like Aaron Lewis can never be easy. However, it may be a bit more palatable if the Mountaineers can add an equally well-liked prospect such as Akheem Mesidor or Quentin Williams. We can now only wait and see if WVU is able to add some depth at defensive end in the class of 2020.

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