WVU leans on Florida connections for football signings
Feb. 04, 2015
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia leaned on its Florida connections and landed some familiar names in its 2015 football recruiting class.
Six of the 21 recruits signed by the Mountaineers on Wednesday are from the Sunshine State.
That includes offensive lineman Jah'Shaun Seider of Glades Central High School in Belle Glade. He's the younger brother of WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider.
Two other recruits are from south Florida's Miramar High School, where WVU assistant coach Damon Cogdell was a longtime head coach.
Tight end-fullback recruit Stone Wolfley of nearby Morgantown High is the son of Dale Wolfley, an offensive lineman on the 1988 West Virginia team that lost to eventual national champion Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.
While second-team All-American receiver Kevin White is gone, the Mountaineers signed his brother, Ka'Raun White, out of Pennsylvania's Lackawanna Community College.
Five quarterbacks will participate in spring practice for the chance to go after the starting job of the departed Clint Trickett.
"It's all about competition," coach Dana Holgorsen said. "If you want guys to get better, then they have to have guys to compete against. I think all five are going to be eager to compete."
Among them is David Sills V, who earned some notoriety at age 13 when, according to his father, he received a nonbinding offer from Lane Kiffin at Southern California.
Sills was a seventh-grader in Delaware in February 2010. His father, David Sills IV, had talked to Kiffin on the phone after the coach told the younger Sills he'd like to have him come to USC. Kiffin was fired during the 2013 season and is now the offensive coordinator at Alabama.
Sills missed most of last season with a broken ankle at Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Maryland.
He is among three recruits already enrolled in classes at WVU, along with Michigan transfers Kyle Bosch and Michael Ferns.
Top 25 Class: No.
Best in class: DB Rasul Douglas, 6-2, 197, Nassau (N.Y.) CC.
Best of the rest: DB Tyrek Cole and WR Jovon Durante, teammates at Miramar High.
Late addition: DE Xavier Pegues of Itawamba (Miss.) CC.
One that got away: WR-DB Shaquery Wilson signed with Georgia one week after flipping his commitment to West Virginia.