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Signing day recap: West Virginia’s 2020 football recruiting class

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Neal Brown’s first true signing class at West Virginia came into shape on Wednesday as 18 players sent their letters of intent to WVU.

“Our staff started behind on this class, but we had a really strong finish,” Brown said.

In addition to 16 previously committed players, the Mountaineers added a pair of new names Wednesday as defensive end Akheem Mesidor and wide receiver Sam Brown each sent letters of intent to West Virginia.

Brown said the Mountaineers aren’t done yet, with running back and another offensive lineman being top priorities for the February signing period. West Virginia has four scholarships remaining in this year’s class. Transfers Josh Growden, Jarret Doege and Alonzo Addae counted towards the 2020 scholarship count.

As things stand Wednesday, West Virginia’s recruiting class is ranked fourth in the Big 12 and 36th nationally by 247 Sports’ composite rankings of all recruiting services.

Last year, the Mountaineers finished seventh in the league and 48th in the country.

West Virginia Class of 2020 signees

Zach Frazier

Center — 6-2, 277

Fairmont, W.Va. (Fairmont Senior)

Rivals: 3 stars

Signed: 7:12 a.m.

Played on the offensive line for coach Nick Bartic at Fairmont Senior High… captained the Polar Bears to a 12-1 record and an appearance in the Class AA state semifinals… did not allow a sack in his senior season.

Coach Brown says

Reese Smith

Wide Receiver — 5-11, 175

Danville, Ky. (Boyle County)

Rivals: 3 stars

Signed: 7:19 a.m.

Three-time All-State First Team as a receiver… led Boyle County to a 14-1 record and the Class 4A state championship game… ended his high school career as the only player in the history of Kentucky high school football to finish in the top five in career interceptions (26) and career touchdown receptions (64).

Coach Brown says

Charles Finley

Tight End — 6-4, 215

Wayne, N.J. (DePaul Catholic)

Rivals: 3 stars

Signed: 7:24 a.m.

Played tight end, outside linebacker and defensive end for coach John McKenna at DePaul Catholic… helped the Spartans to an NJSIAA Non-Public Group 3 State Championship in 2019… registered 29 receptions for 366 yards and seven touchdown receptions in his senior season.

Coach Brown says

Jordan White

Offensive Guard — 6-3, 310

Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)

Rivals rating: 3 stars

Signed: 7:40 a.m.

Played offensive guard for coach Bill McGregor at DeMatha Catholic High… earned All-WCAC Capital  Division First Team honors… will participate in the Maryland Crab Bowl between the best players in Baltimore and Washington D.C. on Dec. 21.

Coach Brown says

Taurus Simmons

Outside Linebacker — 6-3, 210

Savannah, Ga. (Jenkins)

Rivals: 3 stars

Signed: 7:52 a.m.

Played outside linebacker and defensive end for coach Jason Cameron at Jenkins High… 2019 All-Region 3A First Team Defense… finished with 198 career tackles, including 136 unassisted tackles, 21 sacks, 50.5 tackles for loss and 10 forced fumbles.

Coach Brown says

Daryl Porter Jr.

Cornerback — 5-10, 165

Plantation, Fla. (American Heritage)

Rivals rating: 3 stars

Signed: 8:01 a.m.

Played cornerback for coach Pat Surtain at American Heritage High School… All-Broward County First Team honoree … helped the Patriots to a 10-2 mark as a senior… a versatile defender who can play cornerback or safety.

Coach Brown says

David Vincent-Okoli

Cornerback — 5-11, 176

Gaithersburg, Md. (The Bullis School)

Rivals rating: 4 stars

Signed: 8:11 a.m.

Played cornerback and wide receiver for coach Pat Cilento at The Bullis School… 2019 Maryland All-State First Team, All-Montgomery County First Team and All-Interstate Athletic Conference First Team honoree… will participate in the Maryland Crab Bowl between the best players in Baltimore and Washington D.C. on Dec. 21… played his first three seasons (2016-18) at Watkins Mill High in Gaithersburg.

Coach Brown says

Jackie Matthews

Cornerback — 6-0, 180

Pinson, Ala. (Gulf Coast CC)

Rivals rating: 3 stars

Signed: 8:21 a.m.

Played defensive back for coach Jack Wright at Mississippi Gulf Coast CC… named First Team Junior College All-American… helped team to an undefeated season and the junior-college national championship … his key, last-second interception in the end zone clinched the national championship over Lackawanna.

Coach Brown says

Chris Mayo

Offensive Line — 6-5, 305

Richland, N.J. (The Peddie School)

Rivals rating: 4 stars

Signed: 8:35 a.m.

Played offensive guard for coach Christopher Malleo at The Peddie School… a first team All-MAPL (Mid-Atlantic Prep League) selection in his senior season at Peddie… 2019 Mercer County Prep Offensive Lineman of the Year… helped the Falcons to an 8-0 record and the MAPL Championship in 2019.

Coach Brown says

Garrett Greene

Quarterback — 6-0, 175

Tallahassee, Fla. (Lawton Chiles)

Rivals rating: 3 stars

Signed: 8:48 a.m.

A standout dual-threat quarterback for coach Kevin Pettis at Lawton Chiles High … a member of the prestigious quarterback Elite 11 Club in 2019 … MVP of the Camp Series Event in Tampa… passed for 1,155 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 930 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.

Coach Brown says

Lanell Carr

Outside Linebacker — 6-3, 230

St. Louis, Mo. (De Smet Jesuit)

Rivals: 3 stars

Signed: 9:03 a.m.

Played outside linebacker and defensive end for coach Robert Steeples at De Smet Jesuit High… earned Missouri 6A All-State First Team (DE) honors… given the team’s “Hammer” Award (hardest hitter)… helped lead De Smet Jesuit High to a 14-0 record and the state championship… member of a defense that only surrendered 120 points for the entire season, averaging 8.6 points per game allowed… De Smet finished the season ranked No. 1 in Missouri and No. 17 in the nation.

Coach Brown says

Sean Martin

Defensive End — 6-6, 260

Bluefield, W.Va.

Rivals rating: 3 stars

Signed: 9:17 a.m.

Played defensive end for coach Freddy Simon at Bluefield High… captained the Class AA All-State First Team Defense in 2019… led the Beavers to a 12-2 record and the 2019 Class AA state championship game… team captain… registered 102 tackles, including eight sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

Coach Brown says

Tairiq Stewart

Offensive Tackle — 6-6, 330

Warrensville, Ohio (ASA College)

Rivals rating: 3 stars

Signed: 9:32 a.m.

Played offensive tackle for coach Chris Calabrese at ASA College… helped lead ASA College to an 8-2 record and a final national ranking of No. 15… part of an offensive line that paved the way for ASA College to produce 46.7 points per game (No. 2 nationally) and 463.4 yards of total offense a game (No. 4), including 254.6 rushing yards per game (No. 2).

Coach Brown says

Akheem Mesidor

Defensive End— 6-3, 255

Ottawa, Canada (Clearwater Academy International)

Rivals: 3 stars

Signed: 9:49 a.m.

Played defensive end for coach Jesse Chinchar at Clearwater Academy International… finished his senior season with 92 tackles, including 57 solo stops, averaging 9.2 tackles per game… also recorded 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks… forced four fumbles and recovered two for 18 yards in his final season with the Knights.

Coach Brown says

Jaïro Faverus

Cornerback — 6-0, 190

Amsterdam, Netherlands (Bristol U.K. Academy)

Rivals: 3 stars

Signed: 12:35 p.m.

Played cornerback while traveling in the United States with Brandon Collier of PPI Recruits during the DreamChasers Tour – attended camps at universities in United States… clocked a 4.4 40-yard dash at multiple camps, including WVU… graded as one of the top five defensive performers in the 247Sports European Combine in April of this year.

Coach Brown says

Devell Washington

Wide Receiver — 6-4, 215

Bay City, Mich. (Bay City Central)

Rivals: 3 stars

Signed: 1:30 p.m.

Played wide receiver and free safety at Bay City Central High … 2019 All-Saginaw Valley League North Second Team … named to the 2019 Xenith Senior All-Star Game … caught 29 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns as a senior … totaled 74 receptions for 1,131 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons with the Wolves.

Coach Brown says

Sam Brown

Wide Receiver — 6-3, 185

Savannah, Ga. (New Hampstead)

Rivals: 3 stars

Signed: 2:50 p.m.

Chose West Virginia over Florida on signing day… Played wide receiver and free safety for coach Kyle Hockman at New Hampstead High … named 5A-Region 2 Player of the Year … Big 22 Squad member as one of the top players in southeast Georgia and South Carolina Low Country … finished with 40 catches for 731 yards, an average of 18.2 yards per catch and 11 touchdowns … had 39 carries for 308 yards, a 7.9-yards per carry average and five touchdowns.

Quay Mays

Defensive Tackle — 6-2, 290

Bradenton, Fla. (Northwest Mississippi CC)

Rivals rating: 3 stars

Signed: 2:53 p.m.

Played on the defensive line for coach Benjy Parker at Northwest Mississippi Community College for the past two seasons … led the Rangers to an 8-3 record, a trip to the MACJC championship game and No. 6 NJCAA final ranking … finished with 29 tackles, including four tackles for loss and one sack in 2019.

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