Entering this week, Neal Brown and his assistants had a Top 20 national recruiting class and the top collection of talent since he arrived in Morgantown.
Unfortunately, that all changed on Thursday when two prized members of WVU’s class of 2022 announced that they no longer were coming to play at West Virginia and would be de-committing.
Georgia 4-star running back Justin Williams and Philadelphia 4-star wide receiver Kevin Thomas both decided to open back up their recruitment. Williams is ranked by Rivals as one of the Top 200 players in the class of 2022 and is ranked as one of the Top 15 running backs. Thomas is ranked by 247Sports as one of the Top 200 juniors. Early speculation is that Williams is a strong lean towards Tennessee, while Thomas could be headed to Michigan State.
Following that news, WVU’s 2022 recruiting class is now ranked No. 33 by Rivals and No. 30 by 247Sports.
While the ranking did drop, the Mountaineers still have plenty of talent still committed, led by 4-star quarterback Nicco Marchiol, 4-star cornerback Jacolby Spells and 4-star linebacker Travious Lathan.
The big question now is were Thomas and Williams just unfortunate situations or a were they going to start a trend?
West Virginia Sports Now reached out to the remaining members of WVU’s class of 2022 to get a comment on their current status and if they’ll be signing their national letter of intent next month?
Raleigh Collins II, 3-star cornerback/linebacker (Philadelphia): “I’m locked in. I haven’t spoken to any college coaches since I committed back in the summer so that should show how locked in I am. I’m not planning any visits to any other schools and I plan on signing on the 15th.”
Ty Woodby, 3-star cornerback (Baltimore, Maryland): “I’m 1000% committed.”
Landen Livingston, 3-star offensive tackle (Leo, Indiana): “I’m 100,000% committed to West Virginia. I don’t plan to visit anywhere else. I’m ready to get things going. Although I won’t be heading down early, I will be signing on December 15. I cannot wait for it, I’ve been waiting for a very long time.”
Jarel Williams, 3-star wide receiver (Saraland, Alabama): “My plans still remain the same. I am in constant contact with both Coach Brown and Coach Parker. I will be an early enrollee.”
Sully Weidman, 3-star offensive tackle (Boston, Massachusetts): “I am 100% committed. I have absolutely zero intentions of visiting other schools and I fully intend to sign on December 15. I am a full believer in Coach Brown and the rest of the staff.”
Jacolby Spells, 4-star cornerback (Plantation, Florida): “I’m 100% locked in with WVU. I won’t be de-committing or anything. I shut down my recruitment and I’m done with visits. My heart is for West Virginia.
Aric Burton, 3-star defensive end (Clearwater, Florida): “It was a real shock for me that those two guys decommitted, but I wish them the best wherever they go. I’m totally locked in and will be signing and enrolling early.”
Charlie Katarincic, 3-star offensive lineman (Pittsburgh): “I am fully committed to WVU and will not be visiting any other schools before Signing Day. Let’s Go Mountaineers!”
While we didn’t hear back from Marchiol or 3-star defensive back Mumu Bin-Wahad, those two players did leave comments on Twitter over the last two days that indicate they’re fully committed to WVU.
See you then twin !!! https://t.co/y7bTGrDJIV
— Nicco Marchiol (@MarchiolNicco) November 18, 2021
See you soon!! 😁 https://t.co/elAZ21A5bz
— Jacolby Spells (@drippy4k_) November 18, 2021