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WVU Recruiting Notebook: WVU Offers Pair of 2022 4-Star Recruits

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West Virginia opens its 2020 football season Saturday in Morgantown, but the Mountaineer coaching staff is still going strong on the recruiting trail even as the team prepares to take on Eastern Kentucky.

WVU made a scholarship off to Johns Creek (Georgia) offensive tackle Tyler Gibson on Tuesday, making the Mountaineers the twelfth Power five school to do so.

Gibson, listed at 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, is ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals.

GBAYOR PICKS NEBRAKSA, WVU QUICK TO OFFER ANOTHER LB

Mikai Gbayor, a three-star linebacker from New Jersey who had West Virginia in his list of top five schools, announced late last week that he has verbally committed to Nebraska.

With one Class of 2021 linebacker off the board, the West Virginia staff had an offer out for a Class of 2022 linebacker — Torren Wright from Kannapolis, North Carolina — not long after. Wright tweeted about his WVU offer fourteen minutes after Gbayor’s tweet announcing his commitment to the Cornhuskers.

Wright, listed as a 6-3, 210 pound 247Sports four-star outside linebacker, also has offers from Akron, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Old Dominion, Coastal Carolina and South Carolina.

West Virginia put another offer out in the state of North Carolina on Wednesday when the Mountaineers reached out to Mehki Wall, a Class of 2022 Rivals three-star receiver/kick returner from Greensboro. Wall also has scholarship offers from Coastal Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wisconsin.

WVU COMMIT JAYLEN ANDERSON SHINES IN SEASON DEBUT

Running back Jaylen Anderson, a standout for Ohio’s Perry High, was forced to sit out the start of the season in quarantine after multiple members of his family tested positive for COVID-19. Anderson was back on the field last week, and did not wait long to make his presence known.

The 247Sports four-star senior ran for two touchdowns and added another on a 44-yard touchdown reception.

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Tom has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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