MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Continuing to grow the early buzz on a promising 2015 recruiting class, West Virginia received a commitment from four-star offensive lineman Matthew Jones of Hubbard, Ohio. photo

Four-star Hubbard (Ohio) High School lineman Matt Jones committed to West Virginia.

That makes six commitments for next year, half of them of the four-star variety—an unprecedented start for the Mountaineers.

“All six West Virginia commitments for 2015 sport major offers, and this staff has an excellent collection of recruiters who have had time to recruit these kids for quite a while,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings who reported the Jones commitment for

“Relationships will always be the biggest factor in recruiting and the staff has them with many of these early pledges and some of the big names left on the board. There’s a long way to go, but his has the potential to be a special group.”

While Jones held offers from Kentucky and Toledo, he impressed during last month’s Under Armour Underclassmen Combine in St. Petersburg, Fla., and has been drawing interest from the likes of Penn State, Illinois, Oregon, Michigan State, Indiana and Alabama. In November, having attended several Ohio State games, he told Rivals he was hopeful of at least warranting an offer the Buckeyes.

West Virginia showed the earliest interest in Jones, who visited campus for the Texas and Iowa State games last season. As a sophomore he was in Morgantown for the 50-49 shootout loss to Oklahoma. At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, Jones projects as a guard in college.

“Jones is a physical lineman that is quicker than you would expect for a player his size,” Cummings said. “He is dominant at the line of scrimmage and carries that mean streak you love to see from a big-bodied guard.

“Jones was a target that West Virginia got on early and the persistence paid off in his commitment Saturday while on campus for the junior day activities.”

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  • clair thompson

    Sadly he will probably end up at OSU.

  • Allan

    If we get a good offensive line, that should help the QB and running backs that will be coming in this coming year and we may have a better shot at a better season than we had last year.

  • David Elswick

    Sadly, as Ohio State;s Urban meyer says..."(recruitment) is not over till the letter is signed".

  • westfair518

    Allan, I think we are beginning to see results in recruiting that is promising! Good article, keep up the good.

  • wvufan 75

    Recruits do flip that's a fact but its not as many as you would think this class should be very good if they keep it up even with a few decommitts

  • Will

    We are playing in big boy conference-these boys will want to come now- just took a couple of years.

  • MountainMover

    We seem to recruit better when we don't meet expectations the previous season as opposed to recruiting better when we exceed expectations. I'll take it, our recruiting seems to be improving, but this dynamic is kinda weird.

  • don

    Good article from Warren Tribune Chronicle on Jones.

  • cutty77

    This Young Man will take of that 3 star Tubb that is going to Ky. 4 star over a 3 star anyday.

  • 1hillbilly

    Anyone is a plus to this miseriable bunch .

    • Jed

      Nice spelling of "miserable".

  • James

    I hope the kid does come and want to play for the mountaineers, but we have to be a realistic, if the buckeyes offer him, he will be a buckeye, also until the sign on the dotted line, anything can happen, I remember the past two years, we had some good verbals, then came the signing period, and hardly any came, until we start winning again, we will be stuck wit 3 star players, think I'm lying, just look at this years signing class, all 3 star recruits or lower, love my mountaineers and my state, but unless some changes are made, we will likely be 4&8 next year again, hell we still need a qb

  • GFS

    Thanks Brian. That answers my question.

  • jay ziehm

    what's this kids academic status as of now. still one year to go. remember if Penn State and a few other big 10 schools such as Michigan/Michigan State not to mention the likes of Alabama maybe Florida State show interest in this kid WVU's chances may be slim come 2015.

  • GFS

    I am wondering why the QB Wassil from the same high school 2014 class committed and is not listed on the Rivals or as a WVU commitment.

    • Brian

      Preferred walk-on. Those sites only list scholarship players.

  • Harpers Ferry

    Ok, so I'll go ahead and say it, even though you all are thinking it. The kid looks like a serial killer.

    • GoEers

      the only thing i was thinking is that you are a jealous marshall idiot

    • tw eagle

      so , what do you want , scrawny 90 pounders that look like they belong in the choir ?

    • Brian

      Well, I guess I have more confidence in our education system now. I always assumed there was no way the kid sitting in the back of the class eating boogers would ever learn to read and write. Thanks, Harpers Ferry, you've brightened my outlook.

      • Truthteller

        Those kids go to Marshall

    • JaneM

      WOW !!! Iam glade I didn't say what Hapers Ferry just said I would never get on here , I probably would have been blocked for life... It's bad enough as it is for me to post without holding my post up for a half a day or aday... I been around but I can't say nothing back to anyone on here I'm not sure what the problem is. I just enjoy this it's entertaining for me..and A True Mountaineer Fan..