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Recruits In Attendance For First Spring Scrimmage


If you attended WVU's first scrimmage of the spring on Sunday, you may have noticed a few extra visitors roaming the sidelines of Mountaineer Field. 

A handful of 2013 recruits, including two highly-regarded athletes from Washington, D.C., made the trip to Touchdown City to take in spring practice No. 9 for the Mountaineers.

Yannick Ngakoue and Derwin Gray, both from Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.), were two of the more highly-regarded prospects on hand. 

Ngakoue is a 6'2" 225-pound outside linebacker whose speed and athleticism have earned him BCS offers from WVU, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, among others.  The Mountaineers and lead recruiter Daron Roberts were the first offer for Ngakoue and that early attention has paid off.  WVU looks to be in the hunt until the end for this four-star prospect, who registered 87 tackles and 9 sacks last fall.

Gray is listed as the nation's 105th overall prospect and the 12th best offensive guard.  There is some stiff competition for the 6'5" 290-pound mammoth, as Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee have all offered in addition to the Mountaineers.  Roberts, the cornerbacks coach on Dana Holgorsen's staff, is also heading up the recruiting efforts for Gray, whom he has developed a relationship with since last summer.

Holgorsen never likes to sign a recruiting class without a quarterback, and this year looks to be no exception.  Anthony Jennings (Marietta, Ga. / Marietta), a 6'2" 200-pound dual-threat signal-caller, made the trip to Morgantown this weekend after checking out Virginia Tech on Friday.

Jennings has already seen his recruitment soar this spring and has now reached the double-digit offer mark, with verbal pledges from WVU, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Syracuse, South Florida, Iowa and Syracuse all coming in recent weeks.  He finished his junior season with over 2,100 passing yards and 19 touchdowns (4 INT) while completing over 60% of his passes.  His athleticism is also apparent on the field (500 yards rushing, 8 TD's) and would add another dangerous element to Holgorsen's offense.  Quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital is the lead recruiter for his services.

Oren Burks (Lorton, Va. / South County), a rangy 6'4" OLB, was also on hand for practice Sunday.  His recruitment has increased coming off an excellent junior season where he recorded 130 tackles, including 11 sacks, and scored four defensive touchdowns.  Roberts is recruiting the athletic ‘backer for the Mountaineers, and they have offered along with Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.  Burks claims no leaders at this point.

One additional visitor was Devon Edwards (Columbus, Ohio / Eastmoor), and he may be the highest on WVU of any of the aforementioned prospects.  Edwards is a 6'5" 235-pound athlete being recruited by assistant head coach Steve Dunlap to play the defensive line.  WVU remains his lone offer, but he is also receiving attention from Boston College, N.C. State, Ohio State, Oregon and South Florida.

Note:  These were the main recruits at practice on Sunday, but this is not a complete list…Geoff Coyle mentioned yesterday that Maryland native Shamik Perry was also on campus.

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