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.

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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 WVSports.com.

“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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  • 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 Scout.com 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.

    • 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..

    • 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.

    • tw eagle

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

    • GoEers

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

  • Big Jake

    Be positive grasshopper.

  • WVU1

    If any of these kids have a stellar year or we have a coaching change, the offers will start rolling in. Most will likely never make it to campus.

  • DWL

    New coach yet? How about a new AD?

    • wow

      DWL= Cry baby!!!!! Why can't you just try to support the team and not cry like a little kid. I have an idea, why don't you coach the team and we could afford to pay the buyout. I forgot you are not a coach just a whiner.

    • squad

      dwl is a stone loser

  • Mister Man

    Welcome to WVU, young man. I know you will stand by your decision. I'm sure you will be able to make an immediate impact.

    • mad hatter

      do you even know this recruit,,,, know his parents? know what he thinks about OSU? ,, give me a brake.

      • Capt Obvious

        That would be "break". Fixed it for ya!

        • Bob Smithers

          Mad Slapper has 2 degrees from WVU don't ya know.HEHEHAHA.

      • Truthteller

        One less player for OSU is fine with me. OSU does not need good players they have home field advantage every year and the refs in their back pocket. One of the most over rated teams in America.

      • scott

        Id love to give you a "BRAKE"...maybe an arm or a leg...compound of course.

  • tw eagle

    O- linemen are the rough diamonds of the recruiting field . . . there are many things that can play into where a young man commits to playing ball . . . a 4-star recruit with only interest from Ky, Toledo and WVU ? points to something being skewed here . . . he says he wants Oh St , if they offer , he'll be gone . . . if he's really 4-star , they will offer . . .

    • Charles

      He is a 2015 recruit. Most schools on the east coast are not this far ahead in recruiting yet. It's Dana and company being ahead of schedule. This is the way you recruit in the Midwest. His offer sheet is where it's expected to be for an east coast kid that's not a speedster out of fl

    • Brian

      He's the real deal. He grew up a WVU fan. Negative Nancy.

  • DAVE

    that is a whole lot of talent for Holgerson to waste

  • GoEers

    I cannot remember a time when WVU has this many commitments this early into the following year's recruiting class. The coaching staff has done an excellent job in recruiting and are creating a lot of buzz.

  • Redford

    Too much time left for this 2015 class.
    I'm not getting my hopes up just yet.
    Many of these kids will change their mind by next year.
    I think the bigger problem is for the help we need now. This football team has many holes to fill now. We won four games last season.
    Go eers

    • pghmountaineer

      Red,
      You're exactly right. I hope this kid keeps his word, but after all they are still kids and they sometimes say things that may not be coming from the heart.
      It's a good pick up, so we'll have to wait and see. At least we're making noise.

    • Aaron

      I agree but when in the history of WVU Football have we had so many 4 star recruits talking to our coaches so early?

      • Charles

        No coach at wvu has bothered to try this early. Great strategy and it has created a buzz around the program. The addition of gibby and sneider is beginning to pay off

        • Aaron

          Somehow I doubt that's true. It seems to me that Rich Rod was recruiting kids pretty young. I know there was talk of Pryor before his junior year during summer camps .

  • stevewvu

    that's 3 4-star commitments for the 2015 class...what an outstanding job of recruiting by Coach Holgs and staff!!

    Very Nice!! Let's Go Mountaineers

  • mad hatter

    meaning,,,, if osu , offers, he's will go there

    • Charles

      Meaning. Shut up. Go away!!! The funny this is all most on this site knows about recruiting is what this site feeds you

    • Jed

      Meaning your deplorable grammar proves you aren't exactly the scholarly type. No matter how many degrees you claim to have.

  • Aaron

    Granted there is still time for him to switch as happened recently, the players showing interest would dispel the myth that this staff cannot recruit.