WVU football: Luke Fulton has Mountaineers on short list

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 04: Al-Rasheed Benton
MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 04: Al-Rasheed Benton /

The WVU football team has received strong interest from a strong player in the high school class of 2019.

From powerhouse Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio, Luke Fulton has listed the WVU football team as a potential landing spot.

The Mountaineers are in elite company with teams like Penn State, Iowa and Nebraska on the list. There are multiple Power 5 teams but also some run-of-the-mill Division I programs who could land Fulton next year.

According to 247sports.com, he recently visited PSU just days after taking an unofficial visit to West Virginia. The site lists Michigan State as a high possibility with Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke and Indiana with warm interest.

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Last season, Fulton’s Cardinal Mooney Cardinals went 7-3 in the regular season and advanced to the second round of the Ohio playoffs before losing to eventual Division IV state champion Steubenville.

Fulton’s college prospectus has some unique ties. He tweeted that he received his 30th offer from Pitt, which is coached by Youngstown native Pat Narduzzi. Nebraska was once coached by Youngstown native Bo Pelini and several former Mooney players went to Nebraska.

West Virginia has its own Youngstown representative with Dan Gerberry. He has spent a few years on the staff of head coach Dana Holgorsen and this offseason he was promoted to an offensive assistant. He may not be directly involved in Fulton’s recruitment, but any time there is a Youngstown connection, the natives will pay attention.

Fulton definitely has Division I potential and a recent Rivals.com story claimed him to be a “nice surprise to have.” The site lists him as a three-star recruit. Depending on where he signs, he may be boosted to a four-star ranking.

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According to hudl.com, he plays middle and outside linebacker. With a strong frame, he is 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. He would be a good comparison to current West Virginia linebacker Brendan Ferns, who should be a major contributor this season.