On Tuesday, some 24 hours before facing off against the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Mountaineer Nation got a belated Christmas present from a prized recruit they’ve been hoping to hear from.
A 3-star recruit (247sports) from St. Thomas Aquinas, Mike Harley, Jr. chose the ‘Eers over a number of schools, including his home-state Hurricanes and Florida Gators. He committed to West Virginia over the summer, but had still planned on taking official visits to other programs in January; he laid the suspicion of de-committing to rest when he made the announcement above. The wide receiver has some incredible highlights and will be expected to continue doing so in Morgantown.
Harley, Jr. and fellow commit Tevin Bush headline the 2017 class of offensive weapons for the Mountaineers. With both capping their high school playing careers off with a state championship win (in their respective states), they’ll look to carry that confidence into their freshman season.
With the 2017 Army All-American Game rapidly approaching on Jan. 7, 2017, Harley, Jr. will get to show off his talents one last time before donning the Old Gold & Blue. West Virginia’s had a number of go-to players over the years, and coach Dana Holgorsen will surely test out his new Harley to see if he fits that mold.