Brooke LaValley/The Columbus Dispatch

Robert Landers (52) of Huber Heights, Ohio, committed to West Virginia on Saturday shortly after receiving his first major-college offer.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Along with defeating Kansas on Saturday night, West Virginia also gained a 2015 commitment from Ohio defensive lineman Robert Landers.

The 6-foot-1, 270-pounder from Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, holds no other major-college offers but is viewed as a worthwhile project by Mountaineers coaches, who sorely need to stock up on defensive linemen. Landers was on campus for Saturday’s game and immediately pledged to WVU.

“Landers has flown under the radar with his recruitment, but the West Virginia staff saw enough in person to pull the trigger on the senior,” said Keenan Cummings, who reported the commitment for of the Rivals network. “Given his size, Landers has the ability to play several positions up front and will likely begin his career on the interior of the defensive line.”

West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson was in Ohio during the recent bye week and served as the lead recruiter for Landers, who won a state championship in the shot put last July.

Landers became West Virginia’s 21st commitment for 2015 and the third defensive linemen, joining Alec Shriner of Oviedo, Fla., and Larry Jefferson of Itawamba (Miss.) Community College.

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  • bamaeer

    Needs to add weight & strength, and if his speed is as advertised, we have a steal and this guy sounds like just what we need in the middle of the 3/3/5. Anyone remember Elvis Dumerville from Louisville. During his days with the Cardinals, he gave us fits. He was about 5'11, about 285, and went on to the pros and a stellar career. He currently resides with the Ravens. If Landers is 75/80% as good as Dumerville, we will have upgraded our defense.

  • Mark

    If a player from wv was 6-1 270 and they said he is to small or having yet develop and just a big excuse for wvu and marshall from not recruiting from in the state of wv .it just so sad because we do have that quality balls players in this state .

  • Ms. Backer

    If he is that athletic, slim him down to 245-250 and make a middle linebacker out of him.

  • eddie

    Glad to to see the coaches are looking at theses guys,great job

  • Pat

    Glad he's a Mountaineer. The shot put state championship got my attention. The young man must be athletic. Those things aren't easy to throw the right way, keep your balance, and stay in the circle! Hopefully the offer doesn't wake up other schools and they take a look at him.

  • cutty77

    Coach Nehlen did this better than anybody in The Country.

  • Scot Dew

    Landers is a very solid get. You hear his name all night long at Wayne's games. He gets off of blocks quick, has good snap off the line, decent hands, good feet and balance. A solid 3 star guy. He just did not go to camps.
    He works hard in the weight room. Is a team leader. and will not embarrass you off the field. Should grow out to 280-290 # solid not fat, and start before he graduates. He is what most programs build upon.
    Wayne coaches an attack mentality and Landers has been bringing it as a starter for 3 years at a top tier division 1 High School. Wayne is ranked #2 in the state in Ohio division 1. He is definitely a solid recruit with great upside.

  • any major dude

    Great info on your post. Thanks!
    Welcome to the WVU family, Robert!

  • 1olewvufan


    Thank you!

    I live in Huber Heights, OH and I seldom miss a Wayne football game, and am a season pass holder.

    Wayne HS under the direction of AD and HC Jay Minton puts this team in the state play-offs most every year. Jay coached Ohio State QB Braxton Miller and WVU standout Cory Ivy.

    This year Wayne has scored over 200 point in its 6 games, and have allowed less then 50. I'll be the Fairmont vs Wayne game this Friday night.

    Also, Minton was born and raised in WV.

    Landers is quick and he looks for things an opponent is doing, that he can take advantage of. He is a film room junkie.

  • 1olewvufan

    Landers had other offers, so I don't know where you got this information, but it is incorrect.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    Nat'l. Championship.

  • 1olewvufan

    Jay Minton is the Landers HC, and back when Minton was a HS Coach in FL, he helped WVU get Corey Ivy.

    Also, according to Coach Dawson what drew his attention to Landers was when he visited other schools in the Dayton area, the coaches were talking about Landers, so Dawson attended the Wayne game when they were hosting Miamisburg.

    And just so you know, Jay Minton also was Ohio State's QB Braxton Miller's high school coach, for Miller also played at Wayne.

  • Bluwolf

    Oh no. He's not a "stud recruit." We are doomed.

  • Hersh

    Yeah, I know. It's not like WVU has a top 25 recruiting class according to pretty much every major service or is ranked #1 or #2 in the Big 12 or anything. Whoa is me. Go back to sleep.

  • Hersh

    He shut down the recruiting process and will take no other visits. He's done. So, the speculation is a waste of time.

    BTW, his high school is very good and is currently 6-0 on the season in the biggest division of Ohio football. Other area coaches alerted Shannon Dawson of this kid due to his dominant play on the field as someone he needed to see. He's flown under the radar up to this point primarily because of his size, but a growth spurt has put him in the 6'1" range legitimately. His SPARQ testing measurables from this year were outstanding and he was timed in the 4.8 range in the 40, which is outstanding for an interior defensive lineman. Obviously, being a state shotput champion in Ohio is nothing to scoff at either.

  • Big Rick

    Good stuff, glad we are getting some depth on the D Line.
    -Big Rick

  • Rick

    Yes. It beat South Carolina this weekend. All part of Upset Saturday. I was a little bummed out at how we played Saturday, but given the results nationwide. I am glad we held serve and won.

  • WVU Fan

    Richard have you met baldeagle? The two of you would be good buddy's with the negative reply. Did not know the 2 of you were experts in talent selection.

    Stars mean nothing. Show me on the field.

  • TruthTeller

    His loss not ours. May be he decided to play basketball instead. Does Kentucky even have
    a football team?


    WVU's coaching staff is really good at recruiting they went out and got what we needed.... as my grand Pa used to say " THE EARY BIRD GETS THE WORM" , this staff is taking care of business...very nice pick up.... it is great to have this kid on board.


  • Ben

    There were a few sites that had about four offers but not from any major programs. He reminds me of a Chris Nield type body and that was perfect for the 3-3-5.

  • Baldeagle

    When its your only offer its not hard to make a decision, but that can change later down the road. We lost a good prospect out of Ohio who decommited and decided to go to Kentucky.

  • Tazbo

    Welcome to WVU! we are glad to have you. Work hard stay loyal and enjoy your college years. You are Family now.

  • richard

    only at west virginia. no offers? hope they saw some potential there.