MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Following weekend commitments from Martinsburg safety Deamonte Lindsay and offensive guard Jah’shaun Seider of Glades Central, Fla., West Virginia’s 2015 recruiting class ranks 26th nationally, according to Rivals.com.
With 16 nonbinding pledges, the Mountaineers hope they’re building toward one of the top-rated recruiting classes in program history. They currently own the No. 2 class in the Big 12—one notch behind No. 25 Texas and one spot ahead of No. 27 TCU—though it’s a long way until national signing day in February.
West Virginia seemed to be the obvious frontrunner for the three-star Seider, who’s the brother of WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider. Yet scholarship offers from LSU, Louisville and Ole Miss gave the 6-foot-2, 287-pound Seider plenty of options. He also is being recruited by Minnesota, South Florida, Illinois, Marshall, Cincinnati and others.
“Seider appears to have quick feet and a great explosion off the line,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings, who reported the commitment for WVSports.com. “His quick feet help him get good position in pass protection, and even though he is shorter than most traditional tackles, he as good arm length and easily keeps defenders at bay. Even more impressive than his quickness is his raw strength when blocking in the run game. Seider is a relentless blocker and doesn’t disengage until the whistle is blown.”
With Seider becoming the fourth offensive lineman committed for 2015, West Virginia reportedly is pursuing a couple more prospects up front. One of those is Jamie Herr of Elkton, Md., who committed to WVU for the 2014 class but failed to qualify and opted to remain at Eastern Christian Academy for an additional year.
Martinsburg’s Lindsay is the second in-state prospect to commit to West Virginia for 2015, joining Morgantown tight end/defensive end Stone Wolfley.