Believe it or not, we are already two months deep into the 2014 recruiting season. The West Virginia Mountaineers have not been resting on their laurels and have been active on the recruiting trail.
The recruiting efforts of the coaching staff have already yielded a pair of promising verbal commitments. Those commitments came from wide receiver Rickey Rogers and highly touted dual threat quarterback William Crest.
WVU’s first verbal commitment dates back to the Kansas game this past season when wide receiver Ricky Rogers committed to the Mountaineers. The rising senior out of Gateway High School in Monroeville, PA is a big target at 6’2″ 195 lbs.
While Rogers is yet to be officially rated by ESPN but has already garnered a four-star ranking by scout.com. One look at his highlight reel and you will see why scout.com and the Mountaineers coaching staff are so high on him:
The latest development in WVU’s recruiting effort is the verbal commitment of the highly talented dual threat quarterback William Crest out of Dunbar High School in Baltimore, MD. Astute Mountaineers fans know this prospect factory as the home of the Mountaineers recent first round draft pick Tavon Austin.
Crest is listed as a dual threat quarterback but is not dual threat in the Pat White sense of the definition. When viewing his highlight package, he appears to be a dead ringer for West Virginia Mountaineers recent second round pick Geno Smith. Crest is the same build as Smith at 6’2″ 197 lbs and has the same pocket presence that Smith has.
Seriously, when looking at this footage, you have to remind yourself that these are not Geno Smith high school highlights:
Depending on which scouting service you look at, Crest is rated between four stars (ESPN) and three stars (scout.com).
Both players are significant early commitments for the 2014 Mountaineers and a great start to the 2014 recruiting campaign by the WVU coaching staff.