There’s plenty of excitement surrounding the West Virginia football program. On Monday Neal Brown and the Mountaineers landed a commitment from 2022 4-star quarterback Nicco Marchiol (Chandler, Arizona).
Marchiol becomes the highest ranked Pro-Style quarterback to commit to West Virginia since 2000. Following this major get, the Mountaineers 2022 team recruiting ranking is currently No. 31 in the country. The question now is, will the addition of this major recruit parlay into more big recruits for Neal Brown’s program?
Looking back over West Virginia’s last five recruiting classes, they’ve been able to get a total of 13 Rivals 4-star recruits. In their Class of 2021 and Class of 2018, they landed four 4-star recruits in each class. In 2018, it was Kwantel Raines, T.J. Banks, Dante Stills and Leddie Brown. Last year, they signed Wyatt Wilum, Jaylen Anderson, Kaden Prather and Justin Johnson.
Marchiol becomes the 8th member of their Class of 2022 and their first 4-star recruit. But more could be on the way.
West Virginia Sports Now believes that WVU is contention for, and in some cases, the leader, for a number of other 2022 4-star players.
Here are the players that you should keep your eyes on:
4-star linebacker Travious Lathan (Miami, Florida): Lathan has already made his official visit to WVU and is also seriously considering LSU and Oregon. We believe that West Virginia is the leader to land Lathan.
4-star wide receiver Kevin Thomas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): Thomas made an official visit to WVU during the second weekend of June and will be at Michigan State this weekend. You’d have to think that landing a major talent like Marchiol would be an attractive thing for Thomas and a recruiting chip for the West Virginia staff.
4-star running back Justin Williams (Dallas, Georgia): This major talent from Georgia also made his WVU official visit two weeks ago and has also been to Nebraska and Louisville. This could down to a battle between West Virginia and Nebraska. WVU could have the slight advantage.
4-star wide receiver Omar Cooper Jr. (Indianapolis, Indiana): Cooper is ranked as one of the Top 5 prospects in the talent rich state of Florida and one of the Top 120 overall recruits in the Class of 2022. Needless to say, he would be a major get. After making an official last weekend to Indiana, he says that his final two are West Virginia and Indiana.
4-star safety Jaden Mangham (Birmingham, Michigan)Mangham is another major prospect as he currently holds close to 40 offers. West Virginia was his first official visit and since then, has been to both Georgia Tech and Illinois. Mangham tells West Virginia Sports Now that he’s in the process of talking with his parents about his final decision.
4-star offensive tackle Brody Meadows (Bluefield, Virginia): Meadows made a visit last week and was supposed to be taking an official visit to West Virginia. We’re attempting to contact Meadows to learn more information about his recruitment.