MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — As the national letters of intent rolled in Wednesday, we updated West Virginia’s recruiting class below—changing the commitments to signees and keeping track of certain targets the Mountaineers are still pursuing.

One of those primary targets, four-star running back Donte Thomas-Williams, chose WVU over N.C. State around 11 a.m.

The morning launched with a surprising commitment from Philadelphia offensive tackle Dontae Angus, a three-star prospect who was a former Florida commitment.

Rivals.com ranked WVU’s class 38th in the nation and fifth in the Big 12.


WVU Signing Day Recruit Bios
Signed
William Crest

William Crest

QB 6-2, 195

Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar High School
Dual-threat QB won three prep state titles  

Rivals rates Crest a four-star prospect, the No. 5 prospect in Maryland and No. 231 nationally. Though a departure from the typical quarterbacks who have starred in Dana Holgorsen’s offense, he possesses pocket-passing skills and was lured to West Virginia by the phenomenal success Geno Smith enjoyed. It didn’t hurt that Crest is from the same program that produced Tavon Austin, or that former high school teammate Marvin Gross signed with WVU last year. Gross showed Crest around campus last fall the weekend William & Mary game. … Crest, who at one point hoped to enroll in January, has been committed to West Virginia since last April when he chose the Mountaineers over Virginia Tech, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and Vanderbilt.


Signed
Donte Thomas-Williams

Donte Thomas-Williams

RB 6-0, 220

Durham (N.C.) Hillside High School
Power back ran for 2,400 yards  

A four-star prospect, Thomas-Williams listed WVU as his frontrunner last month, but continues to give N.C. State strong consideration. He also holds offers from Florida State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, UCLA, North Carolina and others. … Rival ranks him the No. 21 running back nationally, while 247Sports scores him 12th at his position and ESPN ranks him 13th. Thomas-Williams enjoyed a stellar senior season with 2,400 yards and 24 touchdowns in only 12 games. He scored 54 career touchdowns in high school, including three kick-return scores.


Signed
Dravon Henry

Dravon Henry

DB 5-11, 190

Aliquippa (Pa.) High School
Safety with 4.5 speed could play corner  

Rivals rates Henry a four-star recruit, the No. 16 safety prospect nationally (No. 167 overall) and the No. 2 prospect in this year’s Pennsylvania class. Fast enough to play corner, he could be a versatile secondary addition who makes an immediate impact as a freshman. After producing big offensive numbers in high school, Henry also could get a look as a returner on special teams. … Recruited by WVU safeties coach Tony Gibson, Henry committed to the Mountaineers on Jan. 31 over Pitt, Miami, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and UCLA.


Signed
Daejuan Funderburk

Daejuan Funderburk

DB 6-1, 188

Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) Academy
Safety carries rep as a big-hitter  

Rivals rates Funderburk a three-star recruit, the No. 38 safety prospect nationally and the No. 4 prospect out of the D.C. area. He’s a thumper who’s thus far better at using his 4.5 speed to come up and apply hits than he is in coverage. … He committed to Temple as a junior but rethought that pledge as higher-profile programs showed interest. Recruited by WVU receivers coach Lonny Galloway, Funderburk committed to the Mountaineers on Jan. 17 over Miami, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Tennessee, Virginia, Pitt, Arizona and Georgia Tech.


Signed
Lamar Parker

Lamar Parker

WR 5-8, 160

Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington High School
Speedster looks like quintessential slot receiver  

The three-star recruit is rated the No. 77 wide receiver prospect by Rivals nationally and the No. 92 prospect in Florida. He closed his high school career with back-to-back Class 4A state championships, finishing with 32 catches for 554 receiving yards and six touchdowns as junior, followed by 42 receptions, 739 yards and nine scores as a senior. With 4.4 speed and a knack for running crisp routes at competitive camps, he figures to be ideally suited for an inside receiver role in the Air Raid offense. … Recruited by running backs coach JaJuan Seider, Parker committed to WVU on June 16 and subsequently visited Utah, but says he’s sticking with the Mountaineers over offers from Florida State, Cincinnati, Texas A&M and Marshall.


Committed
Jamie Herr

Jamie Herr

OL 6-5, 276

Eastern Christian (Md.) Academy
Tackle sports mean streak and athleticism  

The three-star recruit is rated the No. 59 offensive tackle prospect by Rivals nationally and the No. 19 prospect in Maryland. Raw but nasty, Herr figures to utilize a redshirt season to hone his mechanics before competing for playing time. … Recruited by receivers coach Lonny Galloway, Herr comes from the same high school that produce Wendell Smallwood and Daikiel Shorts. He committed to the Mountaineers on July 31 over Pitt, Florida State, Tennessee, N.C. State, UConn and Syracuse.


Signed
Jabob McCrary

Jacob McCrary

WR 6-0, 182

Miami (Fla.) Coral Reef High School
Speedster looks like quintessential slot receiver  

The three-star recruit is rated the No. 79 wide receiver prospect by Rivals nationally and the No. 82 prospect in Florida. He’s not a burner with a 4.51 time in the 40, but his football speed shows up on film and he possesses good body control. He can play either outside or in the slot at West Virginia. … Recruited by running backs coach JaJuan Seider, McCrary committed to WVU on June 18 over offers from Florida State, Clemson, Florida, Auburn, LSU, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, UCLA, Marshall and others. He told Rivals in January that he feels like this year’s class "can come in and build a dynasty over there and get it back to where it was, winning bowl games and a bunch of games."


Committed
Tyree Owens

Tyree Owens

DE 6-3, 256

Oviedo (Fla.) High School
Rush end aims to disrupt pass-happy Big 12 offenses  

The three-star recruit played at only 236 pounds as a junior but grew to 256 by last summer and maintained his 4.7 speed in doing so. … Recruited by running backs coach Joe DeForest and former WVU defensive line coach Erik Slaughter, Owens committed to WVU on Sept. 29 over Georgia Tech and Iowa State, though he also holds offers from Wisconsin, Virginia, N.C. State, Cincinnati, Marshall and others. Owens told Rivals in January that Slaughter’s departure wouldn’t deter him from his commitment: "There is no way I’m changing my mind. Like it says on the wall, once a Mountaineer, always a Mountaineer."


Signed
Xavier Preston

Xavier Preston

LB 6-3, 200

Jensen Beach (Fla.) High School
Rangy defender has sideline-to-sideline speed  

A three-star prospect projected to play the Spur linebacker in West Virginia’s 3-4 scheme, Preston could grow into an inside linebacker though he has the speed to play free safety. "He’s probably going to start off on special teams and let them put some more weight on his frame," said his high school coach Tim Caffey. "And he’ll maintain his speed even with 15 or 20 pounds because he’s that kind of athlete. He can rush, he can cover. He’s your classic hybrid linebacker."… Preston committed in October but subsequently visited Iowa State and Rutgers. Last week he told the Treasure Coast Palm newspapers he remains "solid to West Virginia," though opposing coaches from Vanderbilt, N.C. State, UCF and Marshall have continued to vie for his attention. He was recruited by Seider.


Signed
Jaylon Myers

Jaylon Myers

DB 6-2, 195

Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College
Top-rated juco cornerback holds big-time offers  

Rated the No. 8 juco cornerback prospect, the three-star Myers holds offers from Georgia, LSU, Florida, Oklahoma State and Arizona. He has the size and mentality to be one of the Big 12′s most physical cornerbacks, though he also played safety at Hutchinson. … After committing in July, there was speculation Myers could graduate in December and enroll at WVU in time for spring semester, but that obviously didn’t come to fruition. Myers spent the 2011 season at Georgia Military College—a program familiar to lead recruiter Tony Gibson—before being dismissed and sitting out 2012. He bounced back last fall by intercepting seven passes in only seven games.

Signed
Justin Scott

Justin Scott

OL 6-5, 290

Pierce (Calif.) Community College
Long-armed, athletic tackle could play right away  

A former high school tight end, the three-star prospect spent two years as a junior college starter at offensive tackle and figures to add immediate depth and athleticism to West Virginia’s line. … Recruited by WVU cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell, Scott committed in July and has not taken other visits despite picking up offers from Cincinnati, Kansas, Washington State, UT-San Antonio and Wyoming. He has three years to play two at WVU.


Signed
Walter Rauterkus

Walter Rauterkus

OL 6-6, 285

Avon (Ohio) High School
Developing prospect brings potential  

A three-star prospect who has the agility to play for his high school basketball team, Rauterkus committed to West Virginia last July over Ohio. The late-bloomer figures to need a redshirt season in Morgantown before factoring more heavily into the offensive line rotation in 2015. Rauterkus is 4.0 student whose high school team was undefeated in the regular season before losing in the Division II state quarterfinals. His lead recruiter at WVU was Ron Cook.


Signed
Jaleel Fields

Jaleel Fields

DT 6-0, 286

Aliquippa (Pa.) High School
Projected nose guard plays with nonstop hustle  

Fields chose West Virginia over Purdue, Cincinnati and Pitt just days after high school teammate Dravon Henry committed to the Mountaineers. The two-star prospect lacks ideal height but has a high-revving motor, which made for a productive prep career in which he was a four-year starter who made many plays in pursuit. He projects as a nose guard at WVU, where Gibson was his lead recruiter.


Signed
Amanni Brown

Amanii Brown

OL 6-5, 270

Morgantown (W.Va.) High School
Local prospect pledged to WVU early  

West Virginia grabbed a hometown commitment from the two-star prospect who figures to pack on weight in order to contribute a couple seasons down the road. Brown immediately pledged to WVU last June after receiving his first offer and promptly proclaimed his recruitment finished, though Cincinnati, Oklahoma, UTEP and Akron also showed interest.


Signed
Yodny Cajuste

Yodny Cajuste

OL 6-6, 270

Miramar (Fla.) High School
Former basketball player is an athletic project  

Committed since Jan. 26, Cajuste opted to follow his high school coach Damon Cogdell, who was hired by WVU mere days earlier. His two-star rating speaks less to his ceiling and more to the fact he played only one season of organized football. Other programs obviously see his potential, considering he picked offers from Florida and Oklahoma State to go along with the likes of Temple, Western Kentucky and Memphis. … Though his athleticism matches that of a defensive lineman, Cajuste figures to find a home at offensive tackle after using a developmental redshirt season.


Signed
Dontae Angus

Dontae Angus

OL 6-6, 330

Philadelphia (Pa.) MLK High School
Big lineman still has WVU on his radar  

The three-star recruit was a two-way starter in high school, but projects to be an offensive tackle in college. He is ranked by Rivals as the No. 25 prospect in Pennsylvania, but other services have higher opinions—ESPN ranks him 10th in the state and 247Sports lists him 11th. … Angus also holds offers from Purdue, Florida, Rutgers and Temple.

Signed
Skyler Howard

Skyler Howard

QB 6-0, 205

Riverside (Calif.) City College
Dual-threat quarterback became fast riser  

A year ago this time, Howard was a walk-on prepping for spring practice at Stephen F. Austin, where coaches eventually had him splitting reps at running back. He wound up going the juco route in hopes of proving he was D-I quarterback material, and 3,000 yards and 33 touchdowns later, he has enrolled at West Virginia. … The three-star prospect, who received a late-season offer via Mountaineers offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, was rated JCGridiron.com‘s fourth-rank dual-threat juco quarterback. He chose WVU over San Diego State and New Mexico State, though Utah and Cal were expressing interest. He has three seasons of eligibility left.


Signed
Davonte James

Davonte James

LB 6-3, 220

Springfield (Ohio) High School
Linebacker projects at Buck position  

James presumed he was bound for Georgia Tech before an August visit to Morgantown changed his mind. He also was recruited by Cincinnati, Indiana and Purdue. … The three-star prospect projects at the Buck position at WVU but could wind up at inside linebacker. He actually spent his senior year of high school ball playing quarterback, which limited his defensive snaps. He finished with 32 tackles and one interception he returned for a touchdown.

Signed
Edward Muldrow

Edward Muldrow

LB 6-4, 215

Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College
Former South Carolina recruit joins WVU  

A three-star prospect, Muldrow spent a redshirt season at South Carolina before two productive years in the junior college ranks. JCGridiron.com ranked him the nation’s No. 5 outside linebacker recruit. … Muldrow chose the Mountaineers over offers from Oregon, Tennessee, Arizona State, Kansas, Colorado and Iowa State. He enrolled at WVU in December with two years of eligibility remaining and figures to see playing time immediately.

Signed
Ricky Rogers

Ricky Rogers

WR 6-2, 200

Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway High School
Physical receiver was first commitment for 2014  

Committed since December 2012, the three-star recruit is the No. 20 prospect in Pennsylvania and the No. 94 receiver nationally, according to Rivals. He also fielded offers from Pitt and Rutgers, while Maryland, Penn State and Michigan showed interest. … "All along he really liked West Virginia," said Gateway High coach Terry Smith. "It’s a good fit especially if you’re a wide receiver. Coach Holgorsen has a history of producing high-end wide receivers and he’s always liked him from day one." Though Rogers primarily was recruited by Steve Dunlap—who subsequently was reassigned within the athletics department by Holgorsen—he stuck with the Mountaineers and enrolled for spring semester.


Signed
Sylvester Townes

Sylvester Townes

OL 6-6, 285

Coahoma (Miss.) Community College
Lean juco prospect expects to compete at tackle  

The three-star junior college recruit is slender but sports long arms and could vie for immediate playing time at left tackle during spring drills. "He is long, lean and has great feet. He moves very well for his frame and is explosive at the point of attack," Rivals writer Keenan Cummings told MetroNews. "While he could stand to put on some weight, his size and athletic ability make him a quality pickup." … He committed to WVU in September and took only one more visit—to South Florida in November. He held offers from Texas Tech, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Southern Miss and Memphis.


Signed
Keishawn Richardson

Keishawn Richardson

DB 5-11, 185

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College
WVU’s late offer flipped cornerback from Wisconsin  

A physical two-star cornerback, Richardson was leaning toward Wisconsin and heavily considering Iowa State before receiving a WVU offer in December. He also was recruited by Nebraska, Arizona State, Texas Tech, TCU, Indiana, Utah State and Memphis. … His speed and reach aren’t overly impressive, but recruiting analysts described him as solid in many areas and possessing good instincts.

Target
Jihad Ward

Jihad Ward

DL 6-7, 290

Philadelphia (Pa.) Globe Tech
UPDATE: Big-bodied juco lineman sticks with Illinois 

Ward committed to Illinois in December but remains on West Virginia’s radar. Rivals and ESPN rate Ward a three-star prospect, while 247Sports ranks him a four-star. 247Sports also ranks him the No. 6 junior college prospect in the nation . … Ward also holds offers from South Florida, Tennessee, Washington and Temple.

Target
Kenderius Whitehead

Kenderius Whitehead

DE 6-5, 220

Georgia Military College
UPDATE: Georgia Tech commit signs with Jackets  

Whitehead, a three-star NJCAA All-American, committed to Georgia Tech on Saturday but continues to hear from West Virginia. He made 19.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in leading Georgia Military College to the an 11-1 record and the NJCAA national title game. … He is the No. 8 juco weak-side defensive end nationally, according to 247Sports… The Lithonia, Ga., native spent a redshirt season at N.C. State before transferring to junior college.

Target
CJ Worton

CJ Worton

WR 6-1, 175

Homestead (Fla.) South Dade High School
UPDATE: Receiver sides with home-state Gators  

A three-star prospect, Worton plans to decide between Florida and WVU. He made 68 catches for 1,525 yards and 23 touchdowns during his final two prep seasons. Rivals ranks him as the No 71 overall recruit in Florida and the No. 70 receiver nationally in the 2014 class. … Worton also holds offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, Oregon and Vanderbilt.

Target
D'Cota Dixon

D’Cota Dixon

DB 5-11, 190

New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High School
UPDATE: Committed to Wisconsin  

Rivals ranks him a three-star prospect, as do the other services. Most recruiters project him as a strong safety, though some schools believe he could play offense at the next level. (He ran for 855 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, while making 24 catches for another 239 yards.) … A first-team Class 6A all-state player in Florida, Dixon is thought to be a Wisconsin lean and also holds offers from Auburn, Louisville, Arkansas, Michigan State, N.C. State, Purdue and Vanderbilt.

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Comments

  • Country Roads

    MetroNews, I like to say Thank You for the ( Great coverage of recruit signing day ) you did an outstanding job and I appreciate it and thank you once again.. (Mountaineer Fan).

    • William

      Recruits - stay away from Dana "The Man in Black" Holgerson, it is a mistake to play for a that guy!
      It will be all down hill.

      • WVcoal

        William -- you are a loser, go back to the Marsha website with the rest of your loser associates.

        • stevewvu

          Couldn't have said it better myself. These Marshall trolls usually come out in full force this time of year.

          • Aaron

            As someone who has supported Marshall in the past, I think it's safe to say that true green and white fans don't want the William's of the world either.

          • cutty77

            Just a word here. Every year Doc has been at Marshall,which is 4 years he has had the Number One Class in The Conference USA.

          • tw eagle

            I like doc , but the class number that would translate to in the XII would be approximately the number you hang after cutty . . .

          • james

            That is like saying you have the top picks from special education when you are going to a MENSA competition.

      • rtdeco

        your mother had similar thoughts about you....but look how great you turned out....

      • KeatonsCorner

        William aka Larry Jeffords of Huntington, WV

        or Pastor Jeffords if you will... not very pastor-like, Larry

  • Chris

    Worton and Dixon are gone florida and wisconson signees

  • Hop'sHip

    Is West Virginia ready for a player named Jihad?

    • WVcoal

      We need to be if we want to put a Jihad on the rest of the Big 12.

    • Charleston

      From all that I have researched, he is headed to U of Illinois

  • Third and long

    I see the star QB recruit still has not signed. Problems? Second thoughts about playing for that Idiot Holgorsen? That will be sooo funny if he signs elsewhere.

    • Beaver Sniffer

      Who are you talking about?

    • steve

      Sorry to crush your dreams but he's signed

    • Captain Obvious

      is third and long your grade level and duration?

    • FNP

      You made because he didnt sign with Marshall?

    • GoEers

      The only idiot that I see is you third and short you jealous WVU hater

    • SamWvu304

      Third and long: Marsha fan jealous WV getting the next Star QB to make them overshadow little brudder FOREVER!!!What I watched of this Crest Kid was pretty amazing. He's got some moves like PW, with more of JBs power..with a year or two training he will be astonishing!!!William Crest glad to have his family and him representing WVU!!

    • rtdeco

      you mad bro?....wvu is doing so well and thats upsetting you...go get your binky and lay down and everything will feel better shortly....you'll still wake up as a marsha troll...but at least you're alive...

  • GoEers

    Always nice to start the day by flipping a Florida commitment. Huge pick up by WVU!!

  • Pat

    MSN seems to be a little faster.

  • John c

    Other sites showing drayvon the first to sign

  • Chef Camille

    Wake me up in two years to see what is left from this class and who contributed.

    • Troll

      If you don't have enough interest in the team to watch and follow these young atheletes then you really don't need to be commenting and taking up space on this site.

  • jay ziehm

    will any of the potential signees be featured on ESPN. probably not because these recruits are not in the upper 50% of signees across the nation. Will oliver be present at the ceremonies or will he be in his office trying to figure out how to rip off the WVU faithful next season including the parents of the incoming class

    • Dave

      Jay, you're an idiot.

      • scott

        I 2nd that ......if you feel you are being ripped off by all means go away...wouldnt want you to feel bad in any way. We'll all be in Olivers office.....You go sit in Doc's...er...car.

    • John c

      Go back to your hole

    • GoEers

      well no matter what happens, you will always be a jealous Marshall troll...now get out of here and go read about MU's top 80 class

    • Kevin

      will your mother be featured on the next episode of COPS?

    • cutty77

      I take it you want be on TV either,Jay

    • Bottom Feeder

      J Z is a rapper...you are just a MU yapper!

    • rtdeco

      speaking of ripping off...can i have the 5 seconds of my life back it took to read this hog slop? do me a favor....go choke yourself...thanks.

    • jpesbe8793

      get your facts straight, 5 or 6 are in ESPN's top 300 recruits.

  • Tom

    I hope Whitehead signs we need two dominate DEs in a bad way. We have lacked that great pass rush in the Big12 we really haven't had that Irvin, Berry or Dingle guy since entering the Big12.

  • Steve

    That's why it's called a rumor.

  • In da stickes

    Bright lights, big city. Welcome to Morgantown aka Touchdown City, newbies!

  • Hop'sHip

    Will you keep this up until they are sealed and delivered?

  • tw eagle

    So , the signed ones are already on campus since January ? the HS kids are newbies who will qualify academically , and the jucos are either the academically challenged or the returns from other programs ? I'm not dissatisfied with this group of young men , but I'd like to see more direct from HS so that there is a full five years to groom them for their football & to have more time to acquire their degree from WVU . . .

  • Ducks In A Row

    Rumors were circulating that Kenderius Whitehead was a lock. What happened there?

    • Troll

      Kids change their mind all the time, it happens to WVU as well as every other team in college football so don't try and make a big deal about it .

      • Raymond

        marshall fans should be banned from this site.