Tyree Owens of Oviedo (Fla.) High School chose WVU over Georgia Tech and Iowa State.
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Tyree Owens of Oviedo (Fla.) High School chose WVU over Georgia Tech and Iowa State.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — MetroNews continues its summertime glimpse at the top targets for West Virginia’s 2014 recruiting class.

Today’s post highlights the defensive linemen being pursued by the Mountaineers, and once again Keenan Cummings of WVsports.com and the Rivals network lends his knowledge.

Tyree Owens
OLB/DE • Oviedo (Fla.)
The 6-foot-3, 236-pounder is a three-star prospect who has picked up offers from several major programs, but he currently lists West Virginia as one of his top two schools, along with Georgia Tech.

“Has built a very close relationship with lead recruiter Joe DeForest and plans to visit Morgantown during the summer,” Cummings said. “The Mountaineers were the first program to offer Owens and that has stuck out to him.”

Wisconsin, Virginia, Minnesota, Duke, Cincinnati and Marshall also are pursuing Owens.

Tyler Powell

Tyler Powell
DL • Midlothian (Va.) Cosby
A two-star prospect who stands 6-5, 252 pounds, Powell runs a 4.78 40-yard dash and has offers from Michigan State, Wisconsin, Boston College, Syracuse, Temple, Duke and UConn.

“Powell has watched his recruitment explode during the spring months and West Virginia was one of the schools that entered the mix for him,” Cummings said. “Powell is expecting a summertime visit to Morgantown and is a very versatile defensive lineman who can play either the inside or outside spots along the defensive line, depending how he develops once he is in school.

“Powell has very impressive film and is particularly great with getting off the ball and getting to the quarterback.”

Rohan Blackwood

Rohan Blackwood
DE • Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast
A three-star prospect ranked by Rivals as the nation’s No. 24 weakside defensive end, Blackwood said West Virginia is one of the schools that stands out among his 20 offers. The 6-5, 208-pounder has 4.68 speed in the 40.

“Blackwood is a long, lengthy defensive end prospect who can make things happen coming off the edge or even possibly at the outside linebacker spot,” Cummings said. “He has yet to visit West Virginia but hopes to make it to campus either during the summer or possibly on an official visit in the fall.”

His other offers include Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Purdue, N.C, State, South Florida.

Bradley Chubb

Bradley Chubb
OLB/DE • Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove
A three-star prospect at outside linebacker, Chubb’s high school team is coached by former West Virginia defensive lineman Ryan Brady. He’s 6-3, 220 pounds and fields offers from Mississippi State, Wake Forest, Iowa, Georgia Tech, Duke and Eat Carolina.

“Chubb already knows quite a bit about the program but wants to find out more on a visit soon,” Cummings said. “Chubb is being recruited by JaJuan Seider and Lonnie Galloway and the two coaches have developed a very strong bond with the rising senior. He has offers from several programs, including Georgia Tech and much of the SEC, and is planning to take his time with his recruitment.”

Anthony Clark

Anthony Clark
DL • Akron (Ohio) Buchtel
Clark (6-4, 253) only received an offer from West Virginia near the end of May, but he grew up a fan of the Mountaineers. His only other offers are from Toledo, Ohio and Kent State, though Clark said Pitt and Louisville have told him offers may be forthcoming.

“Clark can play inside or outside on the defensive line and has the size to do both as well, especially with some time in a college weight program,” Cummings said. “He will camp at West Virginia June 16 and will be one to watch closely, because he has said that if that visit goes well, he could end his recruitment.”

Terry Ramsey

Terry Ramsey
DE • Clayton (Ohio) Northmont 
The three-star Ramsey (6-5, 230) is ranked by Rivals as the No. 22 weakside defensive end prospect in the nation.

“Ramsey visited West Virginia during the spring and was very impressed with the program, but he is considering plenty of other schools,” Cummings said. “Erik Slaughter has made an impact on the talented defensive lineman, but there is a long ways to go in his recruitment, especially with programs such as Kentucky turning up the heat in recent weeks.”

Ramsey also has offers from Louisville, Nebraska, Michigan State, Minnesota and Indiana.

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Comments

  • nick

    There is a lot of quality leftovers in the south but you need to be able to see the diamond in the rough. That's where benedict rodriqez was at his best. Holgerson is good with talent, I guess we'll see now if he can do his homework and find the diamonds out there & then develop them.... Not betting the farm on him that's for sure.

  • Charles

    Bruce Irvin Julian miller Chris Neild all had no sec offers. Guess they sucked. And were leftovers. Sec schools offer in state kids. Which we don't have. These area good group of kids. Chris Neild was a 2 star now playing on Sundays. I don't think the sec and recruiting services have everything all figured out.

    • Justin

      But the SEC wins titles, constantly. Looks like they pretty much have it figured out. If we wanna play in the big boy league we need big boy talent.

      • Charles

        Well unfortunately our state does not produce athletes like sec schools do. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, miss., etc all produce great athletes in state. Not much for those universities to figure out. Not hard to recruit in your backyard. We don't have that luxury.

        • Justin

          There is our problem, we are not offering enough pepperoni rolls. And Escalades.

          • Charles

            No. Your not making enough athletic babies!!!! Get your buddies to stay in state after graduation. Reproduce. We lose population. Not gain. Like Florida or bama. That's the difference. Fl, al, ga, or even pa kids don't grow up wanting to be mountaineers. Have to steal them. How bout you, and all your friends, stay home. In state. Have babies. And train fb all year. Then we have a chance to get 5 stars.

  • Justin

    I don't see any SEC schools listed in the "other schools" list. Duke? BC? GT? Come on. We are getting leftovers.

  • Dave

    Don't pay attention to the stars that any recruit has or doesn't have. We have to rely on the coaches to bring in the right players for the situation regardless of the stars. Georgia and Texas have had top 10 recruiting classes just about every year. They should be much better than they have been. Their recruits haven't produced in that situation like they did in HS. It's a guessing game and the coaches are SUPPOSED to be the experts in this game. Unlike sweatsuit Huggins who has struck out 3 years in a row. Sorry, couldn't help myself.

  • Dave

    Check this out. It was on Yahoo today. Looks like Holgerson might have been desperate trying to sway this DE.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/highschool-prep-rally/coach-tells-nation-top-football-recruit-ll-meet-212538419.html

    • Charles

      That article is a biased write up. Horrible journalism! Author making assumption. If you believe anything yahoo posts then I have some beach front property for you in charleston. Author is obviously a writer for va tech or uva. Biased to say the least. Kid never said who.

      • Dave

        I just thought it was interesting that the author (on a national level) would pull WVU and Holgerson out of 30 plus schools. Figured there might be some truth to it. The way things are going in Morgantown anything is possible. Crazy old Jerry Glanville (retired NFL coach) is probably still looking for Elvis LOL

        • Charles

          Hoppy has 10000 and he is by no means national. Just for comparison.

        • Charles

          He is a blogger out of Boston with under 2000 followers. He by no means is a national writer. Nobody is paying attention to him. Trying to get some hits is what this amounts to. Take it how he can get them. I call bs.

  • richard

    wonder how good we can get with 2 and 3 star players. nobody in this bunch sticks out. you would think we could at least get some looks from better players. this defensive recruiting class scares me just a bit.

    • tw eagle

      i'd rather fill the program with 2 & 3 star prospects that have 'character ' and will work to improve themselves and the program. . .rather than the 4 & 5 stars who often times show up 'knowing it all' and will just put in time while waiting for the nfl to call . . .

    • Charles

      Dline recruiting is different than any other spot in the field. Don't pay attention to the stars. Pay attention to the offer sheet. These kids have impressive offers. Most of our dline stars have been 2 or 3 star athletes. Our state doesn't produce athletic big men. So we literally have to steal these kids out of someone's backyard. And they are hard to find. Where we don't produce these in state we have to get under sized kids and develop them. Which means less stars. This is a good group of prospects. Check their films.

      • Wemakerain

        Chris Neild did pretty well, but he was ranked as a 2 star tight end coming out of high school so for D linemen it's all about frame for bulk and nastiness.

      • Maxxajay

        Charles. I agree West Virginia does not produce always three stars ballplayers. This is a very good looking group of young men Look back at the past ballplayers they were two and three star players. The only four star player I can remember recently was Noel Devine. The coaches know what they are looking for and they will develop no doubt be as good as any players in the past and look what we have had in the last 10 years or so.....