MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Just when it seemed West Virginia’s 2014 recruiting class couldn’t possibly accommodate another offensive lineman, the Mountaineers received a commitment from junior college tackle Sylvester Townes on Monday.

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Three-star prospect Sylvester Townes chose WVU over Texas Tech, USF and Kentucky.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pounder from Coahoma (Miss.) Community College is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals. He becomes the sixth offensive line commitment in a class projected to bring in 19 signees.

With four seniors and two juniors on the current offensive line two-deep, West Virginia clearly is putting a priority on restocking. (Last February’s 26-member class, by comparison, included only four offensive linemen.)

“I know we’ve heard this before, but I would be very surprised if anymore offensive linemen are added to this class,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings of WVSports.com. “West Virginia has needs (on the line) and six is a lot, but that should put a close on offensive line recruiting for this class.”

Townes, who plans to enroll in January, becomes the 14th commitment overall for and the 10th on the offensive side. He chose the Mountaineers over offers from Texas Tech, South Florida and Kentucky, and Oklahoma State has shown interest also.

“I think you’ll see him get every opportunity to see the field early and jump into one of those spots at tackle next season, because of what West Virginia is losing at those spots,” Cummings said.

“He is long, lean and has great feet. He moves very well for his frame and does a good job using his arms to keep defenders at bay. Explosive at the point of attack, Townes is a quality run blocker and pass protector. While he could stand to put on some weight, his size and athletic ability make him a quality pickup.”

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Comments

  • john b

    We have some good freshman o lineman who needed a year in Coach Joseph's Strength and conditioning program. Next year will see a nice improvement from the o line and it should be outstanding in two years.

  • john c

    steve slaton 3 star recruit jason gwaltney 5 star recruit.....nugh said...

  • cutty77

    You can't have to many OL. Talk about no respect. The WVU vs Baylor opening line came out yesterday at 21 points then went to 28 points,thats a Very Big Move. I looked at who Baylor has played,and you have to go to goggle to find out about who, what, and where this Teams are. Talk about Cupcakes.They have played more Cupcakes than Kroger's sell's. Lol

  • Tusker

    Welcome Sylvester!!

  • Dave

    Oh come on. Another Juco O lineman that's ready to come here and start. Glowinski last year.... redshirt. Stone this year.... redshirt. When is this coaching staff gonna get their first legitimate good player?

    • Bryan

      Perhaps when you do your job, you are the lead recruiter right? My bad I thought you were someone in the program that knew something. Let the coaches take care of the talent and we can take care of the support and enjoyment of watching these young men represent West Virginia.

    • Chuck

      When you start producing kids of d1 caliber. All coaches struggle to recruit here. It's ok. Plenty of good kids out there. Might not be 4 stars. But good athletes none the less. Great recruiting schools have great in state talent. We do not and will not produce top 10 talent in state. So we will not be a top recruiting school. Period.

    • JS

      Remember, Pat White, Steve Slaton, Owen Schmitt, and a host of others were not "legitimate good player" coming in. WVU has made a living on finding the diamond in the rough players because we usually do not fall on any of the 4 and 5 star recruit list of colleges they want to attend. Have patience sir Dave.

  • Dave

    Congratulations and welcome to WVU. You made the right choice. We can always use a good lineman. Like Allan said he should get to see some early playing time.

  • richard

    welcome to WVU young man. you're a Mountaineer now !!!!!!

  • big tom

    he'll have 3 yrs. to get in two

  • tw eagle

    as a jc transfer , will he be coming with 2 or 3 years of eligibility ?

  • JaneM

    Sounds like he will be starting next year if he can perform decently hope soul