MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia garnered commitments Tuesday night from two Miami-area receivers enticed by the notion of becoming the next Tavon Austin/Stedman Bailey-like tandem.
Jacob McCrary of Coral Reef High School committed to WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider only minutes after Lamar Parker of Booker T. Washington phoned head coach Dana Holgorsen with similar news. They became the fourth and fifth commitments for the Mountaineers’ 2014 class.
McCrary, a 6-foot, 182-pound three-star prospect according to Rivals, also was considering Florida State and Clemson. But he credited the relationship with Seider for drawing him to Morgantown. Nor did it hurt that McCrary’s cousin Vernon Davis transferred to WVU from the University of Miami last year.
“He built a great bond with Seider that dates back to his time at Marshall,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings of WVSports.com. “McCrary is an explosive athlete that plays both wide receiver and running back at his high school. He looks very fluid on film and has a knack for putting together big plays.”
McCrary also holds offers from seven SEC schools and two of WVU’s Big 12 rivals — Kansas State and Texas Tech. Upon learning Parker also committed to the Mountaineers, McCrary told Rivals, “I feel like we can go in and make that same impact that Stedman and Tavon just did.”
If McCrary is Bailey in that analogy, the 5-foot-8 Parker hopes to replicate Austin’s moves. In March he called West Virginia his “dream school” while citing how Holgorsen’s spread offense enhances playmakers. A three-star recruit, Parker pledged to WVU over offers from Florida State, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Cincinnati and Marshall.