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WVU adds three to Brown's first signing class

Signees bolster class that includes commits from early window

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia added three defensive players on National Signing Day, helping to solidify Neal Brown’s first recruiting class as the head coach of the Mountaineers.

Defensive lineman Jordan Jefferson (Navvare, Fla./Navarre HS), safety Rashean Lynn Jr. (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa HS) and defensive back Tavian Mayo (Leesburg, Ga./Lee County HS) made their commitments to WVU official Wednesday.

The trio of players will join 18 recruits that committed during the early signing period and were retained by Brown and his staff, as well as incoming transfer Austin Kendall, the former Oklahoma quarterback. Brown said the latest additions to the roster fill immediate needs.

“Relationships in recruiting are critical,” said Brown. “If you look at the guys we’ve added, not only today, but at transfer quarterback, those are individuals we had long relationships with.”

Brown also confirmed that WVU has three scholarships remaining.

“We have two signing days, but we’re always looking to improve our roster,” said Brown. “I think it’s important to have some open spots where, if something happens, you’re able to add a critical piece.”

Jefferson, a 6-4, 300-pound defensive lineman, was a 2018 Pensacola News Journal All-Area First Team honoree in 2018. He recorded 60 tackles as a senior.

Brown said Jefferson’s size made him appealing, and that other programs, including Kansas State and Louisville, also pursued Jefferson hotly.

“He got better every year,” said Brown. “If you look at his junior film, it’s really good. If you look at his senior year, you understand why his recruiting really exploded like it did in the last six weeks.”

Brown was familiar with Jefferson before taking the head coaching position at WVU, and he said his staff’s relationship with Jefferson and his family helped secure the signee.

“We had known him for a long time,” said Brown. “That was a definite benefit.”

Lynn Jr., a 6-5 safety, was rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, rivals and 247sports. He was also listed among the top 100 recruits in Florida after an all-state campaign in 2018.

“You either have length, or you don’t, and he’s big and he’s long,” said Brown. “He has an opportunity to play that centerfield position on defense and really cover a lot of ground on that back end.”

Tavian Mayo, a 5-11 cornerback, led Lee County to a Georgia 6A state championship in 2018. He registered 31 tackles, nine pass breakups and two interceptions in his final high school season.

Brown expects Mayo will compete for playing time immediately.

“We knew about him,” said Brown. “The logo switch was very effective. He had a relationship with the previous staff. He had actually taken an official visit here, so he liked West Virginia, so we were able to close that late, and that was an important pick up for us. If you look at it, we’re really rising seniors now at that corner position.”

Brown also announced that the spring game is scheduled April 13 at 1 p.m. Watch his full National Signing Day press conference at the top of this page. 

Check out the complete listing of West Virginia’s commits from the early signing period here.

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