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William Crest

A.J. Addison

OL, 6-6, 290

Fork Union (VA) Military Academy
Offensive lineman rated as a 2-star prospect by

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.


Emanuel Beal

WR, 6-1, 210

Hillgrove High School (GA)
A 3-star recruit who has big play potential

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.


Ryan Bee

DE, 6-7, 245

Hillsdale High School (OH)
One of the top small school defensive ends in Ohio

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Bee tallied 66 tackles, 11 sacks and 11 TFL as a junior at Hillsdale.  Bee was a two-way player also seeing action as a tight end and playing along the offensive line.  Bee had also received interest from Bowling Green and Toledo.


Fedice Binot

OL, 6-3, 252

Lake Gibson (FL) High School
Speedster looks like quintessential slot receiver



Josh Black

LB, 6-2, 225

Sickles (FL) High School
Had offers from South Florida, Arizona and Minnesota

Rated as a 3-star prospect by, Black was selected as the Tampa Bay Times 2014 All-Hillsborough Defensive Player of the Year.  Black recorded 103 tackles, 26 TFL, 20 sacks and forced three fumbles.

Jabob McCrary

Alex Cason

WR, 6-2, 182

Valdosta (GA) High School
Has been timed at 4.52 seconds in 40-yard dash

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Cason also drew interest from UNC Charlotte, Cincinnati, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.

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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.”

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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