The West Virginia Mountaineers had a big day on the recruiting front yesterday, as they picked up commitment numbers four and five in the 2014 class and will be hoping to get some more momentum. WVU’s new prospects are both wide receivers from Miami, Florida, but Jacob McCrary stars for Coral Reef Senior, while Lamar Parker hails from Booker T. Washington.
Jacob McCrary is a former Florida State Seminoles commitment, but he committed to the school last summer and was long since decommitted. However, he did visit the in-state squad in the spring and camped there earlier this week. West Virginia is getting a solid, three-star wideout in McCrary, who also had major offers from the likes of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers. However, West Virginia always seemed to be in the best position to land the speedy 6’0″, 170 pound wide receiver, and all six recruiting analysts on 247Sports successfully projected the Mountaineers to lock up a commitment from the top 500 prospect.
Meanwhile, Lamar Parker is even faster than McCrary with ridiculous 4.44 wheels, so Dana Holgorsen is indeed looking to restock on potential playmaking wide receivers in Morgantown. Parker held offers from the Florida State Seminoles, Texas A&M Aggies, and Mississippi Rebels among others. Like McCrary, Parker (two analysts) was also a unanimous prediction to West Virginia, and he gives the Mountaineers an incredibly agile prospect who is ranked by the 247Composite as the 84th-best recruit in the state of Florida.
The rich just keep getting richer, and Mark Stoops’s unprecedent recruiting success with the Kentucky Wildcats grew yesterday with another commitment in the 2014 class from three-star offensive tackle Derrick Kelly Jr., who is arguably one of the top 150 prospects in the talent-rich state of Florida. Kelly is Kentucky’s 18th commitment in the 2014 class, and he is also the Wildcats first tackle and second offensive line commit overall. He visited Kentucky earlier this month and actually attended junior day with the Alabama Crimson Tide and visited the reigning national champs in the spring. However, Alabama did not offer Kelly.
Henry McGrew decided to accept the scholarship offer given to him by the Illinois Fighting Illini yesterday, thus giving the Illini a commitment from the top 15 prospects in the state of Kansas. Tim Beckman now has six commitments for Illinois in the class, and he also has one of the top 100 inside linebacker prospects in the country in McGrew, who was projected to stay in-state and pick the Kansas Jayhawks. Illinois also beat out another Big 12 school in the Iowa State Cyclones for McGrew’s pledge, and his visit earlier this month was instrumental in Illinois landing their sixth commit.
The North Carolina Tar Heels have been on an absolute tear on the recruiting trail recently, and Larry Fedora and staff picked up another quality commit yesterday in three-star tight end Avery Edwards, who caught 40 passes for 490 yards and four touchdowns last season for Ravenscroft School. The Raleigh, North Carolina prospect is a big in-state catch for Fedora and the Tar Heels, who were the obvious picks to land Edwards. The Arkansas Razorbacks and Florida State Seminoles presented major offers for UNC, but the Tar Heels weren’t going to lose out on a top 25 TE and a top 20 recruit in the state of North Carolina. UNC has one of the top 20 recruiting classes in the country, as they are now up to a grand total of 14 commits early on.
Although the Pittsburgh Panthers didn’t match their Backyard Brawl rivals with two commits in one day, Pitt did land a prospect of its own in running back Dennis Briggs. Unranked by recruiting sites, Briggs is a Shady Side native, and Pittsburgh was easily the biggest offer for the in-city prospect. His commitment to Pitt is definitely not a surprise, and he named Pitt his leader before committing to the Panthers yesterday. Pittsburgh, by the way, offered Briggs May 8th, and they have now secured four commitments in the 2014 class.
2014 Chesapeake, Virginia five-star defensive tackle recruit Andrew Brown is one of the blue-chip prospects in this class, and he slots in as the 8th-best player in our FanSided 150 rankings. Brown, who is one of the strongest prospects in the class, announced his top five yesterday, and the in-state programs are well-represented. The elite Alabama Crimson Tide made the cut, the proverbial favorites in the in-state Virginia Cavaliers obviously made the cut, the rival Virginia Tech Hokies are in, the Florida State Seminoles are still in a great position to jockey for the 6’4″, 295 pound DT’s pledge, and the Clemson Tigers rounded out Brown’s top five.
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