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Mountaineers find success on recruiting trail

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Florida athletes dominate WVU class of 2015

West Virginia’s offseason, recruiting wise, has been sharp.

Dana Holgotsen and his staff have four recruits who have already signed letters of intent and 17 other players have verbally committed as of late January. Five of those 21 players are rated as 4-star recruits by Rivals.com.

The Mountaineers are bringing in two new quarterback recruits, David Sills (above left) and Chris Chugunov. Sills is someone to keep an eye on going into spring practice as he is already enrolled. The 4-star recruit originally committed to play at USC but de-committed once Lane Kiffin left more than a year ago. At 6-3, 200-pounds, the Maryland native could compete with William Crest and Skylar Howard for a spot in the 2015 lineup, but spring practice will play a major role in that decision.

Receiver Juvon Durante of Miramar, Florida, is one of nine players from the Sunshine State who have committed to play in Morgantown. Durante has a chance to see the field right away for the Mountaineers come early September.

“Juvon Durante is a mid-level wide receiver that can be a game breaker for West Virginia,” said Adam Friedman, Mid-Atlantic Region analyst with Yahoo Sports.

Jordan Adams will come to WVU from Reisterstown, MD, along with his twin brother Jacquez. Jordan is the bigger of the twins at 6-0 and 170 pounds. Adams may not be on the field right away, but he should be a weapon for the Mountaineers sometime in the near future.

“Jordan Adams is the type of receiver that can also play in the slot, at running back and he can help out in the return game,” said Freidman.

West Virginia has a lot of potential with this upcoming recruiting class, especially on the offensive side of the ball with Durante and Adams. The Mountaineers also added four offensive linemen to the roster, bolstered by the recent commitment of one-time Pitt pledge Rob Dowdy of Westerville, Ohio.

Three of the nine Florida recruits in this year’s WVU class are from Miramar, Florida. In addition to Durante, defensive back Tyrek Cole and wide receiver Khalil Lewis are athletic additions, although Cole’s off-field issues raised some eyebrows.

Elsewhere on the defensive side, three junior college recruits could help right away. Pass-rushing defensive end Larry Jefferson from Itawamba junior college in Mississippi reminds some of former WVU standout Bruce Irvin. Jefferson’s Itawamba teammate, fellow end Xavier Pegues, is a 6-3, 270-pound strong side end who is physically mature enough to battle for time this fall. Defensive back Rasul Douglas of Nassau Community College in New York may be the best juco addition of the three. Douglas has the size and speed to be an elite safety in the Big 12.

The Mountaineers stayed local for two 2015 prospects, Martinsburg defensive back Deamonte Lindsay and Morgantown’s Stone Wolfley, a 6-4, 235-pound self-described “West Virginia boy.” Wolfley, who can play tight end or defensive end, has plenty of family ties to the Mountaineers. His father Dale, a former WVU offensive lineman, is the coordinator of player relations for WVU, while his uncle Ron played running back for the Mountaineers from 1981-84.

FUTURE MOUNTAINEERS
Immediate Impact: Wide receiver Juvon Durante. The Florida product has good size, great hands and the versatility to play any of the receiver positions in WVU's offense.
Future Star: Wide receiver Jordan Adams. Rangy with the frame to add more muscle, Adams is a hard worker who has the potential and worth ethic to develop over his career.
Under The Radar: Juco defensive end Larry Jefferson. A pass rushing end wsith a build similar to that of former Mountaineer and current Seahawks star Bruce Irvin.

CLASS OF 2015
Jacquez Adams ATH (5-10, 163) Reisterstown, MD/Franklin
Jordan Adams WR (6-0,185) Reisterstown, MD/Franklin
Chris Chugunov (right) QB (6-1, 185) Skillman, NJ/Montgomery
Tyrek Cole DB (5-11, 160) Miramar, FL/Miramar
Rob Dowdy OL (6-5, 295) Westerville, OH/Westerville South
Rasul Douglas (below right) DB (6-3, 200) Garden City, NY/Nassau C.C.
Jovon Durante WR (5-11, 180) Miramar, FL/Miramar
Larry Jefferson DE (6-5, 230) Fulton, MS/Itawamba C.C.
Matthew Jones OL (6-3, 310) Hubbard, OH/ Hubbard
Kahlil Lewis WR (5-11, 185) Miramar, FL/Miramar
Deamonte Lindsay DB (6-2, 190) Martinsburg, WV/Martinsburg
David Long LB (5-11, 205) Cincinnati, OH/Winton Woods
Colton McKivitz OL (6-7, 285) Belmont, OH/Union Local
Xavier Pegues DE (6-3, 270) Fulton, MS/Itawamba C.C.
Jah'shaun Seider OL (6-2, 285) Glades Central, FL/Glades Central
Alec Shriner DT (6-3, 280) Oviedo, FL/Oviedo
Adam Shuler DE (6-5, 255) Longwood, FL/Lyman
David Sills QB (6-3, 200) Elkton, MD/Eastern Christian Academy
Kevin Williams DB (5-11, 170) Pompano Beach, FL/Blanche Ely
Shaquery Wilson ATH (6-1, 185) Coral Gables, FL/Coral Gables
Stone Wolfley DE (6-4, 235) Morgantown, WV/Morgantown

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