MORGANTOWN, W.Va.— Though West Virginia’s 2014 recruiting class includes commitments from wide receivers Jacob McCrary, Ricky Rogers and Lamar Parker, the coaching staff continues to seek skill players to fuel the Air Raid attack.

MetroNews talked with Rivals senior writer Keenan Cummings of WVSports.com about the most dynamic pass-catching targets left on WVU’s wish list:

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Trevion Thompson

Trevion Thompson
WR • Durham Hillside (N.C.) High School
Rivals rates Thompson a four-star prospect, and at 6-foot-2 and 184 pounds he has the size to flourish at outside receiver. Despite fielding offers from the likes of Alabama and Notre Dame, Thompson last week narrowed his list to six finalists—West Virginia, Ohio State, Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina and N.C., State.

“Thompson is an explosive wide receiver who has the size and speed to make an impact on the next level,” Cummings said. “Thompson visited with his teammate running back Donte Thomas-Williams in the spring and plans to return for the weekend of July 27 for another unofficial visit.

WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider—who landed pledges from McCrary and Parker— is serving a the lead recruiter on Thompson.

“It won’t be easy,” Cummings said, “but this is a very talented prospect and would only be an upgrade to the existing group.”

Thompson produced a combined 82 catches for 12 touchdowns and more than 1,400 yards as a sophomore and junior. As his 2012 highlight video reveals, he’s a long-strider with strong hands.

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Stanton Truitt

Stanton Truitt
ATH • Monroe Area (Ga.) High School
A three-star prospect whom Rivals ranks as the 30th-best overall prospect in Georgia, Truitt is being recruited by Lonnie Galloway.

“Truitt is an impressive specimen,” Cummings said. “He plays quarterback at his high school, but is destined for the wide receiver position once he arrives on a college campus.”

The 5-foot-9, 177-pounder counts offers from the likes of Florida, UCLA, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Nebraska, Arkansas, Stanford, Cal and Arizona State.

“He has great speed and compares his game to former West Virginia standout Tavon Austin,” Cummings said. “He’s considering a long list of schools, but the Mountaineers have been there since the beginning.”

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C.J. Worton

C.J. Worton
WR • Homestead South Dade (Fla.) High School
Why is WVU still pursuing the 6-foot, 170-pounder who committed to Florida State some 11 months ago? Because Worton has made two unofficial visits to Morgantown since April.

“That’s impressive for any prospect coming on his own dime, especially one from south Florida,” Cummings said.

He’s a three-star prospect ranked by Rivals as the No. 92 overall recruit in Florida.

“Worton stole the show at the West Virginia prospect camp playing both wide receiver and cornerback,” Cummings said. “He displayed his speed and quickness, along with great hands—catching seemingly every pass thrown his way. He’s another prospect considering a visit for the July 27 weekend.”

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Braxton Berrios

Braxton Berrios
WR •  Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road
At 5-9, 180 pounds, the four-star Berrios has a thick build and sub-4.6 speed. He said he intends to visit all five of his top schools—South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia.

“Berrios is another inside receiver who has been attracted to the West Virginia offense,” Cummings said. “He has started both ways for his high school team since his freshman season. He compiled 33 touchdowns and over 2,000 yards rushing and receiving and wants to play in a role where he can use his versatility.

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Comments

  • tw eagle

    nice to see that WVU is showing up on the "radar screens" of the young athletes . . .
    the next step is to get them on campus
    and let the WVU players and the local
    color sell the recruit . . .

  • Big Larry

    The "top targets" for the WVU coaching since the Holgorsen era has always been, and always will be...

    1. Wide Receivers
    2. Quarterbacks

    It is what it is...

    • Charles

      Check last years class recruiting guru!!! Don't speak on things you have no real knowledge. Last years class very defensive oriented. Lb heavy

      • Hailey

        You mean he has to have his facts straight to comment, that would be a first for him

  • ffejbboc

    Coming off his outstanding performance at Nike's "The Opening" event in Oregon, Braxton Berrios has received an offer from his so-called "Dream School" -- the Miami Hurricanes. That will certainly make it more difficult to snag this kid, whom I have dubbed "Vanilla Austin."

  • Patrick

    Truitt is most likely Tennessee bound, Berrios is either Miami or Kentucky bound. Worton I doubt will switch from FSU, but even if he does, he isn't a take unless we miss out on some of our higher choice targets. Thompson is most likely Clemson bound but is visiting on July 27, so hopefully we can put on a good showing for him or we have no chance.

    • Wemakerain

      You absolutely nailed it on your predictions, but I think we can flip Worton. Seems to me like the FSU faithful kinda want him gone since he was wavering in his committment, so I think he will probably be the last wide receiver we take for 2014

  • Hop'sHip

    What coach is recruiting the NC kids? Didn't think we would consider this heart of ACC country as fertile recruiting territory for WVU. If they could land either of these kids, that would be most impressive.

  • Jon

    Come on guys, Alan Taylor is the only one writing sports these days at Metronews, and he was laboring at the Greenbriar for most of last week. He did however forget to give Ricky Rogers his props in this article.

    • Allan Taylor

      Remedied the Ricky oversight, Jon. And after eight days at the Greenbrier, my eyes are still singed from the conversion of plaids, stripes and John Daly patterns.

      • Big John

        What is the scoop on the Tier 3 Rights-How many bid and when will the results be announced. Seems like everyone is afraid to even address the problem. It is a good story and it needs to be told=How about it are you game?

  • scooter

    couldn't have said it better myself!

  • richard

    finally a new article. been days since the last one was posted. gets old going to metronews sports and it's the same thing day, after day, after day, after day!