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WVU Football’s 2022 National Signing Day Action

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The WVU Football program plans to add 19 new faces to head coach Neal Brown’s roster over the course of today. The offense is set to gain four offensive linemen, a wide receiver, a running back, a tight end, and a quarterback. On the opposite side of the ball, the program will sign a trio of safeties, four linebackers, a cornerback, and a defensive end. Special teams will also gain Australian punter Oliver Straw.

Stick with WVSportsNow.com for continued coverage of today’s National Signing Day action.

UPDATE (4:00 P.M.) – 

Head coach Neal Brown concluded his 2022 National Signing Day with the addition of wide receiver/tight end De’Carlo “CJ” Donaldson Jr. The Miami, Fl. native combined for 1,409 yards on 96 receptions and 19 touchdowns in his junior and senior years at Gulliver Prep, including 1,164 of those yards on 81 receptions and 13 touchdowns coming just as a senior.

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On National Signing Day, West Virginia gained another three-star prospect in Donaldson, according to ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports. 247Sports also lists him as the No. 46 tight end and No. 111 in Florida, while ESPN weighs in at No. 152 nationally and No. 147 in the state. Donaldson selected the Mountaineers over Florida, Florida State, Indiana, Miami, Ole Miss, and South Carolina.

UPDATE (1:37 P.M.) – 

During Neal Brown’s press conference on Wednesday, Brown confirmed that JUCO WR prospect Jeremiah Aaron has signed his National Letter of Intent with West Virginia. Aaron played wide receiver for coach Scott Parr at Navarro C.C., accomplishing First Team honors in Junior College play. The 5’11, 190-pound receiver spent two seasons at Navarro. Aaron finished his sophomore season with 1,775 all-purpose yards, recording 49 catches, 911 yards and eight touchdowns in 10 games. Aaron is from Pearland, Tx and was mainly recruited by offensive coordinator Gerad Parker.

UPDATE (1:05 P.M.) – 

West Virginia secures their second Division-I transfer in Lyn-J Dixon. Dixon played running back at Clemson from 2018-2021, with one season of eligibility left. Dixon recorded 1,420 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Tigers in his four seasons.

Dixon is a 5’10, 195-pound athlete from Butler, GA. Dixon committed to West Virginia on Nov. 25.

UPDATE (12:53 P.M.) –

Cincinnati transfer DL Zeiqui Lawton officially signed his National Letter of Intent to West Virginia. Lawton is a Charleston, W.Va. native, playing at South Charleston High School. Lawton played his freshman season at Cincinnati. In high school, the 6’3, 266-pound defensive lineman recorded 35.0 sacks in 34 games.

Lawton was rated a three-star by 247Sports, receiving 13 offers, most notably from Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, NC State, Nebraska and Oregon.

UPDATE (12:09 P.M.) – 

West Virginia officially adds an EDGE position player in Aric Burton. Burton, a 6’5, 210-pound edge rusher, is a three-star prospect from Clearwater, FL. Burton visited WVU on June 23, committing just a few days later on June 28. The recruitment of Burton was led by coaches Jordan Lesley and Andrew Jackson. Burton was recruited by Arizona State, Charlotte, Kansas and Minnesota.

UPDATE (11:59 A.M.) – 

Tyrin Woodby has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to West Virginia. Woodby is a 6’1, 170-pound cornerback, from Baltimore, MD. Woodby went to St. Frances Academy for high school.

Woodby committed to West Virginia on April 17, as he was recruited by secondary coach ShaDon Brown. Woodby visited West Virginia over the summer, on June 11. During his recruiting process, Woodby was considering offers from Boston College, Liberty, Marshall, Maryland, Ole Miss, Pitt, Virginia Tech and others.

UPDATE (11:52 A.M.) – 

Asani Redwood officially signed his National Letter of Intent with West Virginia. Redwood is a three-star defensive end from Suwanee, GA. The DE is 6’4, 265 pounds. On Tuesday, Redwood announced that he would be signing with WVU. Redwood had offers from East Tennessee State, Elon, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky. Redwood spoke with WV Sports Now about his decision.

“I’m really happy to have committed to West Virginia,” Redwood tells WV Sports Now. “The coaches and players made me feel really at home when I took my visit there. This day is so special for me because two years ago, I didn’t even know that I was going to even be in this position. It’s truly great that I can at least take the pressure of paying for college off my family plus I’ll be doing something that I love. I decided to commit to West Virginia because of how I felt when being around the staff and players. I felt like I was at home and my family loved it. The school having its own hospital and how they are invested in their education and their players. Plus, the winning culture were the factors of me picking West Virginia.”

UPDATE (11:35 A.M.) –

Another JUCO player signed within minutes, this time with Lee Kpogba. Kpogba has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to West Virginia. Kpogba is a JUCO prospect from East Mississippi C.C. The 6’2, 210-pound linebacker is originally from Winston Salem, NC. Kpogba committed to West Virginia on Dec. 2 and was recruited by defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley and inside linebackers coach Jeff Koonz.

In 10 games played in JUCO ball, Kpogba recorded 84.0 tackles, 2.0 sacks and one interception. During his recruiting process, Kpogba also had notable offers from Indiana, Lousiville, Memphis and South Carolina. Kpogba was originally committed to WVU in 2018, but then went to play at Syracuse. Now, it comes full circle for Kpogba.

UPDATE (11:32 A.M.) –

West Virginia gets their first Junior College player to sign, with Mar’Ques McLaurin. McLaurin is a safety, standing in at 6’2 and weighing 200 pounds. McLaurin spent two seasons at Jones College. This past season, McLaurin finished this season with 36 tackles (19 solo) and five interceptions. Alongside the WVU offer, McLaurin had offers from Lousiana-Monroe, Southern Miss and Toledo.

McLaurin committed to WVU on Sunday and spoke to WV Sports Now about his decision.

“I’ve never saw anything like it, football facility wise. It was beautiful, he said. “I was amazed as soon as I walked into the building. You can really tell they put a lot into their players and that’s what I need!”

UPDATE (11:05 A.M.) – 

The final offensive lineman is off the board for WVU. Sullivan Weidman is a 6’6, 300-pound Massachusetts native is a three-star prospect, according to ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports. His time at Dexter Southfield School in Franklin was capped by an 8-1 record and individual honors including the Evergreen League Co-Lineman of the Year, All-NEPSAC Class B First Team, and All-Evergreen League First Team.

He comes highly ranked, capturing the No. 4 prospect from Massachusetts by Rivals, No. 22 offensive guard nationally by Rivals, and No. 60 and 76 offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports and ESPN, respectively. Although he’s joining the West Virginia roster on the offensive line, he also played a bit of defensive line action during his three seasons at Dexter Southfield; 2020 was fully canceled due to COVID-19. Weidman also juggled offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.

UPDATE (10:54 A.M.) –

The sole wide receiver of this group is Jarel Williams, who nearly completes the offensive side of the ball with his signing. Williams comes to West Virginia from Saraland, Al. In Williams, WVU gains its second four-star recruit of the early signing period, and won out against the likes of Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pitt, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.

Williams is primed with experience, after representing in the 2021 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game and leading the Saraland High School Spartans to a 10-3 finish and trip to the state quarterfinals this season; the 10-3 season included a personal contribution of 60 catches for 883 yards and 13 touchdowns. Williams intends to enroll at West Virginia University in January and can begin practice with the team immediately.

UPDATE (10:44 A.M.) – 

The first West Virginian signs with West Virginia University today! Tight end Corbin Page comes to the Mountaineers from Huntington, and joins Owen Chafin, Bryce Biggs, Wyatt Milum, Doug Nester, and Graeson Malashevich representing Spring Valley High School on the WVU roster. Page has been verbally committed to WVU since December of last year.

Page is a three-star prospect according to ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports. His 6’5, 245-pound frame is exactly what tight ends coach Travis Trickett’s struggling room needs, and he brings with him a No. 1 ranking (ESPN) amid all the West Virginia tight ends and No. 22 nationally; of note, Page becomes the third-straight year of No. 1 recruits that West Virginia has nabbed. The West Virginia native comes to Morgantown in lieu of offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Oregon, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

UPDATE (10:32 A.M.) –

Jacolby Spells has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to West Virginia. Spells is a four-star cornerback recruit from Fort Lauderdale, FL. Spells has been ranked No. 21 on the all-time West Virginia recruits list by 247Sports. The 5’11, 170-pound athlete played high school at American Heritage. In his senior season, Spells recorded 24 tackles and 103 return yards, as he helped his team make the playoffs.

Spells had notable offers from Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, UCF and others. The recruiting of Spells was led by coaches Travis Trickett and ShaDon Brown.

UPDATE (10:16 A.M.) – 

WVU has a new quarterback in place, as Chandler, Az.’s Nicco Marchiol officially signs with the Mountaineers.

UPDATE (10:00 A.M.) – 

The new crop of offensive linemen adds a third with the signing of Maurice Hamilton. The Cleveland, Oh. native joins the Mountaineers after making a name for himself at guard and nose guard for Cleveland Heights High School. Hamilton, a three-star according to ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports, had an illustrious career in Cleveland, one which earned him 2021 Division I All-Ohio First Team and All-Northeast Lakes District First Team honors. ESPN went on to rank him the No. 35 best offensive line recruit in the nation and No. 23 in the state of Ohio.

He elects to join the Mountaineers over Purdue and fellow Big 12 Conference member Iowa State. Hamilton comes in at 6’4 and 335 pounds.

UPDATE (9:49 A.M.) –

LB Raleigh Collins III has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to West Virginia. On Wednesday, Collins signed his NLI alongside future teammate Nicco Marchiol at the Army All-American Induction, in Dallas, Tx.

Collins is a 6’3, 205-pound linebacker from Philadelphia, PA, where he played high school at Neumann Goretti. Collins was ranked a three-star prospect by 247Sports. The linebacker committed to WVU on July 23, getting recruited by coaches Chad Scott and Jeff Koonz. He made a visit to Morgantown, W.Va., on Dec. 10. Collins also received offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Marshall, and others.

UPDATE (9:35 A.M.) –

West Virginia adds another signee in Mumu Bin-Wahad. Bin-Wahad is a three-star cornerback, ranked by 247Sports. Bin-Wahad committed to West Virginia on June 16, after visiting campus in early June. The 5’11, 180-pound corner was recruited mainly by coaches Jordan Lesley and ShaDon Brown. Bin-Wahad attended Grayson High School, in Atlanta, GA, where he led his team to the final four of the Class 7A playoffs, recording 40 tackles and three interceptions. With Bin-Wahad on the team his junior season, Grayson went 14-0, winning the Class 7A State Championship.

Bin-Wahad turned down offers from Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State, and UCF and headed to the Mountain State instead.

UPDATE (9:13 A.M.) –

Christion Stokes has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to West Virginia. Stokes is listed as an athlete for the class of 2022, from Harper Woods, MI. Stokes, a 6-foot, 180-pound athlete, played safety and running back while at Harper Woods High School. Stokes recorded 1,885 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns as a running back, while getting 94 tackles, 12 TFL, four sacks and one interception on defense.

Stokes committed to WVU on July 10, considering offers from most notably Cincinnati, Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin and others. The Michigan native does plan on enrolling early, coming to Morgantown in January for the spring semester. Stokes also plans on having a ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at his high school.

UPDATE (8:55 A.M.) – 

West Virginia adds another offensive lineman with the signing of Charlie Katarincic. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native played high school football for Choate Rosemary School in Wallingford, Ct. His time in Connecticut garnered a No. 89 national ranking as an offensive lineman (247Sports) and No. 95 (ESPN). Rivals also ranked him the No. 4 prospect in the state of Connecticut. Katarincic turned down an offer from East Carolina to join the Mountaineer roster.

The 6’5, 285-pound lineman verbally committed in March, but made his official visit three months later. His size already puts him in line with the starting offensive linemen.

UPDATE (8:51 A.M.) –

Travious Lathan has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to West VirgInia. Lathan is a linebacker from Miami, Fl. and played for Gulliver Prep. Lanthan committed to WVU on Aug. 7. Lathan, 6’2, 210 pounds, led his team to a 4A state regional final, recording 53 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 7.0 tackles for loss, two interceptions, and a forced fumble.

Lathan is a three-star prospect, ranked by 247Sports. Lathan received notable offers from Coastal Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, and others. Coaches Travis Trickett and Jeff Koonz were the lead recruiters in Lathan’s process.

UPDATE (8:37 A.M.) – 

Ethan Hiester has officially signed his National Letter of Intent to West Virginia. Hiester is a walk-on athlete from Upper St. Clair, PA, playing linebacker. Hiester played high school at Upper St. Clair High School. WVU safeties coach Dontae Wright recruited Hiester, with the Pennsylvania native committing on Nov. 19.

UPDATE (8:15 A.M.) –

Offensive lineman Landen Livingston is the second Mountaineer to join the National Signing Day festivities. The 6’4, 280-pound guard comes to Morgantown from Leo High School in Leo, In. and plans to hold a signing ceremony at 7 p.m. Brown expects him to transition to either guard or center once he joins workouts.

Livingston was ranked as the No. 10 offensive line prospect in Indiana by 247Sports and No. 14 by Rivals. Brown’s recruiting corps won out over the likes of Arizona State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Purdue. Livingston also comes to the Mountaineers as one of the top-20 interior linemen in Indiana, as a two-time Indiana Football Coaches Association’s Top 50 All-State Team member, and ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports rated him a three-star prospect. He will be a huge help to O-line coach Matt Moore’s schemes.

UPDATE (7:20 A.M.) –

2022 DE/TE Derek Berlitz has declared his commitment to West Virginia, as a walk-on, on his Twitter account. Berlitz, a multi-position athlete, is from Catawissa, Pa.’s Columbia High School, and is 6’3 and 247 pounds.

UPDATE (6:03 A.M.) – 

Oliver Straw officially kicked off West Virginia National Signing Day, and he will be a welcome addition to the special teams room. Next season, special teams coordinator Jeff Koonz will be without redshirt senior punter Tyler Sumpter, so Straw has the potential to make a huge difference. He has experience kicking with both feet, and is accustomed to rugby-style clearance.

The 6’2, Melbourne native has a storied history with Australia’s ProKick program, which has seeded three players on Big 12 rosters this season and produced 17 All-Americans since 2007. Straw has dual citizenship with the United States and Canada, and the Mountaineers were his sole offer. His verbal commitment came in on Oct. 22 of this year, and he signed his National Letter of Intent at 6:00 a.m. today.

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