West Virginia colleges gather 2021 football recruits
SHEPHERDSTOWN — There is no standing still when trying to keep up with your football opponents on the college level.
Since mid-March, nothing much has happened on campus — players were sent home when colleges closed their campuses and classes were moved on-line, no group workouts have been allowed and coach’s contact with athletes has been minimal.
But recruiting has been in full flow, and West Virginia University has been able to get verbal commitments from a number of athletes for its class of 2021.
There have been four players from the state of Ohio who have committed to the Mountaineers. Hammond Russell (defensive end from Dublin), Andrew Wilson-Lamp (wide receiver from well-known Massilon), Treylan Davis (tight end from Jackson) and Jaylen Anderson (running back from Perry) are the four Ohioans telling West Virginia it will be their college destination.
Saint McLeod (safety from Philadephia, Pa.), Will “Goose” Crowder (quarterback from Birmingham, Ala.), Wyatt Milum (offensive lineman from Huntington), Brayden Dudley (defensive lineman from Buford, Ga.), Kaden Prather (wide receiver from Germantown, Md. and Northwest High School) and Viktor Wikstrom (a tight end from Stockholm, Sweden) are the other six athletes now committed to WVU.
At Shepherd, the Rams have announced that at least five athletes will be transferring to the school for the upcoming 2020 football season.
Coming from Virginia Union will be defensive end/tight end Harry Jennings. Ron Beasley is an offensive lineman coming from New Mexico Highlands. Adam Stilley, a center, will be eligible after transferring from WVU. Kendall Duckworth, a linebacker, comes in from Florida Tech and running back Chantz Swartz last played at Lock Haven in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference where Shepherd is a member.
College football in the fall could take a different form in 2020. When the teams can gather players for practices is still to be settled and whether fans will be allowed to attend games is also a question to be answered.
But no schools or coaches are letting the pile of unknowns keep them from working toward the nebulous 2020 season.