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WVU Recruiting: Talented Receivers Spearhead 2014 Class

WVU wide receiver commitment Jacob McCrary (courtesy of Scout.com) WVU wide receiver commitment Jacob McCrary (courtesy of Scout.com)

The WVU football staff has been scorching hot on the recruiting trail recently, churning in four commitments since this past weekend's camp.

Two of those have come in the form of local products from Morgantown, including rising junior Stone Wolfley, the son of former Mountaineer All-American Dale Wolfley.  The other is Amanii Brown, an offensive lineman, who is part of the upcoming 2014 class.

But more news echoed through the Mountains on Tuesday evening when two explosive playmakers from Miami (Fla.) ended their recruitment early and pledged to head man Dana Holgorsen and their lead recruiter JaJuan Seider.

Jacob McCrary, an inside or outside receiver at the next level, and Lamar Parker, a slot prospect, both made their commitment to WVU public on twitter, which increased the 2014 class to five members.

Four of those five players are offensive skill players, including Rivals.com four-star quarterback William Crest and three-star wideout Ricky Rogers.

It's very clear if there is one position that the WVU staff has no trouble recruiting, it's wide receiver.  And much of that can be attributed to the accolades that former Mountaineer greats and current St. Louis Rams receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey racked up over the past three seasons.

What remains unclear is whether or not the staff will add another receiver to this class, but even if they don't it's already a very impressive haul, and Crest has to be excited about the weapons he'll have around him when he gets to campus.

Let's take a closer look at those three playmakers:

Ricky Rogers (Monroeville, Pa. / Gateway):

6'1" 195-pounds

Chose WVU over offers from Pitt, Rutgers and Toledo…recruited by Tony Gibson

This well-built athlete has a frame that can easily fill out more once he gets to the next level, which should make him a physical presence on the outside in Holgorsen's offense and also help him catch passes over the middle in traffic.  His leaping ability should also allow him to snag jump balls over smaller cornerbacks, especially in the red zone.  On film he shows good top end speed, but I wouldn't say he's an elite speedster who will be asked to run deep patterns consistently at the next level.  However, he does display great hands and smooth route running, and that was also evident this spring at the Rivals.com Pittsburgh Camp that he attended.  He is an exciting prospect who went a little under-recruited but could really make a name for himself in the Big 12.


Lamar Parker (Miami, Fla. / Booker T. Washington):

5'8" 170-pounds

Chose WVU over offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Washington State…recruited by JaJuan Seider

Parker is a surefire slot prospect with his 5'8" height, but he could also turn into a lethal special teams weapon during his time in Morgantown.  He is definitely small, but what he lacks in size he makes up for with supreme quickness and better-than-expected straight line speed when he's in the open field.  On film he also displays great punt return ability with his shiftiness and the way he sets up his blockers when the ball is in his hands.  He is a guy who may not get on the field right away on offense his first year, but could be an instant playmaker on special teams and add another dimension to the return game.  His game has some similarities to another south Floridian, 2013 signee Jacky Marcellus.

Jacob McCrary (Miami, Fla. / Coral Reef):

6'0" 185-pounds

Chose WVU over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Tennessee and UCLA…recruited by JaJuan Seider

You can see right away from his offer sheet that he was easily the most highly recruited of the three wideout commitments, and for good reason.  He actually received the majority of those offers based off his sensational sophomore highlight tape, where some pundits said he was one of the best receivers in the Sunshine State, regardless of class.  His junior season was hindered a bit by injuries, but he still displayed the ability to play inside or outside receiver at the next level and also be a threat on jet sweeps carrying the football.  He isn't a prospect who will ‘Wow' you with a sub-4.4 forty-yard dash time, but his motor is plenty fast at game speed and he rarely gets caught from behind.  He is a very smooth runner who appears to glide when he's at top speed.  There is a reason why every school in the south wanted his commitment; his potential is very high at the next level and he will enter Morgantown with quite a bit of hype surrounding him.

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