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Four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley committed to West Virginia.

Assuming HC Dana Holgorsen can keep Harley in the fold through National Signing Day, this could be a really nice under-the-radar summer commitment for the Mountaineers. The 5-foot-10, 153-pound wideout ranks as Rivals' No. 222 prospect for the 2017 cycle, while ESPN 300 notes that he "[s]hows very good football instincts and has a very nice feel for the position." Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell singled him out as having the best footwork of any player at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge earlier this month. As for his future role with West Virginia, Harley said, "They are going to use me in the slot for some of the time, but they will put be outside for deep balls, too. They’re going to move me around depending on the plays and the situation."
Jun 26 - 6:38 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell predicts that four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley will commit to USC.

Harley does not actually hold an offer from USC at this juncture, but Farrell sees one coming later this summer. The analyst was all a-flutter over Harley at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta earlier in June, tagging him as the prospect with the best footwork -- regardless of position -- among that loaded collection of future stars. Farrell loves his ability to cut and change direction. The 5-foot-10, 153-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 222 prospect for the 2017 cycle. He will need to pack on a few pounds once he hits college.
Source: Rivals
Jun 25 - 4:46 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell wrote that four-star 2017 WR Mike Harley showcased "the best footwork, regardless of position [at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge]."

Farrell noted that Harley "cuts on a dime and just sets up defensive backs so well." The 5-foot-10, 153-pounder plays his high school ball at the football factory that is St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida and has received offers from the likes of Michigan, Mississippi State, NC State, Washington State and Wisconsin. "He’s not very big," Farrell wrote, "but try dealing with his change of direction or even his ability to make you miss after the catch even in 7-on-7. He’s a blur."
Source: Rivals
Jun 23 - 2:57 PM

West Virginia sophomore QB David Sills is transferring to the JUCO level in order to receive more reps.

Remember the seventh grader who verbally committed to Lane Kiffin and USC? That is this guy. Out of high school he was viewed as four-star recruit. Sills was practicing at receiver for the Mountaineers, so it seems evident he wants to find a place where he can stay at quarterback. Matt Welch reports Sills is headed for El Camino College in Torrence, California.
Jun 23 - 9:12 AM

Per ESPN's Brandon Chatmon, West Virginia senior C Tyler Orlosky is "the type of player who can carve out a lengthy NFL career."

"The foundation of the Mountaineers’ offense, Orlosky has smarts, skills and experience," Chatmon wrote, adding the caveat that an "early round selection may not be a guarantee." Orlosky, who started all 13 games at center in 2014 and 2015, was a All-Big 12 First Team selection by ESPN and a Second Team selection by the conference's coaches last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 14 - 6:36 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen believes redshirt sophomore QB Will Grier (suspension) will be eligible to play the opener of the 2017 season.

"Will Grier enrolled for classes here at WVU on May 16. With the timing of his transfer, and the requirements that he has to finish from the NCAA, I cannot officially confirm his eligibility until the summer of 2017," Holgorsen said in a release. "However, I fully anticipate him being eligible for the opening game of the 2017 season." Holgorsen isn't alone in his optimism. The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Mike Casazza reported on Friday that Grier would indeed be deemed eligible for the beginning of the 2017 season. Grier's year-long PED suspension ends on October 15. But because he transferred to West Virginia in the spring, there had been a question as to whether the NCAA would wait until October 15 to begin his one-year transfer penalty. Grier will have two seasons of eligibility left beginning in 2017.
Source: CBS Sports
May 20 - 7:44 PM

The Charleston Gazette-Mail's Mike Casazza reports that West Virginia redshirt freshman QB Will Grier (suspension) will be eligible to play in week one of the 2017 season.

Grier was hit with a year-long suspension by the NCAA after he tested positive for PED's in early October. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder subsequently transferred to West Virginia in March. That comes with its own year-long sit-out period. Apparently, the NCAA is willing to wrap the PED suspension and transfer sit-out into one tidy package, making Grier eligible to play in the 2017 season-opener against Virginia Tech on September 2. Had this not been the case, Grier wouldn't have been eligible to play until the seventh game of the 2017 campaign.
May 20 - 4:40 PM

West Virginia dismissed redshirt sophomore RB Donte Thomas-Williams.

Thomas-Williams was initially hit with an indefinite suspension for reasons unknown in April. He has now been dismissed, though there is no word as of yet as to whether the suspension and dismissal stem from the same mystery incident West Virginia only offered a "violation of team rules" as reason for Thomas-Williams' boot. The 6-foot-1, 214-pounder rushed for 43 yards on 14 carries last season. He was a four-star recruit out of high school as part of the 2014 cycle.
May 17 - 2:31 PM

West Virginia signed Iowa grad transfer CB Maurice Fleming.

Fleming appeared in 33 games over the past three years for the Hawkeyes, posting 17 tackles and five pass breakups in 14 games last year. He chose the Mountaineers, who lost four defensive backs to the NFL, for obvious reasons. Fleming will compete for one of the cornerback vacancies left by Daryl Worley (Carolina Panthers) and Terrell Chestnut (San Diego Chargers).
May 16 - 11:25 AM

Chargers signed West Virginia CB Terrell Chestnut.

A sleeper prospect whose shine was copped by circumstance (overshadowed by sharing a defensive backfield with Karl Joseph, Daryl Worley and KJ Dillon), misfortune (two torn labrums) and speed (4.61), Chestnut (5'11/198) has the talent to make San Diego's roster. He surrendered only 41.8 percent completions and an NFL passer rating of 46.9 last year, per PFF, and had a much better coverage grade than Worley, taken in Rd. 3. Chestnut was famous in Morgantown for frequent visits to the WVU Children’s Hospital and area schools and for buying food for homeless people. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen called him "the best coach on the field" for star WR Shelton Gibson and "a good guy, a good teammate" who "tries to do the right thing all the time."
May 11 - 5:26 PM

The Raiders' draft class was one of three in the NFL that received a B+ grade or better from each of Rotoworld’s Evan Silva, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke.

The straw poll, conducted by Rotoworld's Mark Lindquist, saw Oakland's class in an extremely favorable light... with a few nitpicky caveats. Burke, for instance, loved the pick of S Karl Joseph in the first round, but wondered why GM Reggie McKenzie didn't add a cornerback soon thereafter. Prisco also applauded the Joseph selection, but nagged the decision to draft Connor Cook by writing, "What’s the point?" Silva thought the class may bring "as many as five early contributors."
Source: Rotoworld
May 10 - 12:00 AM

West Virginia senior QB Skyler Howard indicated that he is ready for increased expectations in 2016.

"Not saying I wasn’t ready last year," Howard said, "but everything that happened better prepared me. You win in your preparation and that’s something I’ve always taken advantage of." The 6-foot, 202-pounder threw for 270 yards, three touchdowns and an interception during the Mountaineers' spring game earlier this offseason. HC Dana Holgorsen said that he "looks like a starting senior QB" at this juncture. While Howard held a respectable 26/14 TD/INT ratio last season, he completed just 54.8% of his passes.
Source: ESPN.com
May 9 - 1:41 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. wrote that he would be "shocked" if West Virginia S Karl Joseph did not start for the Raiders in Week 1.

Kiper tossed out the usual health caveats, though with White, health is not just a buzzword. The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder tore his ACL in early October and while he has professed that he expects to be ready for training camp in a few months, there is no reason for the Raiders to push him if that is not the case. As for Joseph's on-field work, Kiper wrote, "Is he going to take some risks and miss some tackles? Yep. Is he going to take some risks and make some big hits and take the ball away? Again, yes. If the pass rush is improved, his ball skills could be useful on forced throws." The veteran analyst included the Mountaineer great on his list of players he views as immediate impact rookies.
May 8 - 7:44 PM

Florida redshirt freshman QB Will Grier transferred to West Virginia last month.

Because Grier's year-long NCAA-imposed PED suspension does not end until October 15, the question becomes if he'll be eligible to play immediately at the start of the 2017 season, or if he'll have to wait until mid-October. Grier will file an appeal to shorten the suspension. Whenever his eligibility clock resumes in 2017, he'll be a redshirt junior. Grier had the Gators off to a scorching 6-0 start before his suspension was handed down in the fall.
Source: SEC Country
May 6 - 2:07 PM

The Raiders emerged from the 2016 NFL Draft with a strong B+ grade on Evan Silva's report card.

"[Rd. 1 S Karl] Joseph solidifies a suddenly imposing Raiders pass defense that will field two long, physical press corners (Sean Smith, David Amerson), 2015 NFL interceptions leader Reggie Nelson, Oakland's new first-round safety, and the Khalil Mack-Bruce Irvin edge-rush tandem, which suspended Aldon Smith should join eventually," Silva wrote. The analyst also liked what GM Reggie McKenzie did on Day 2 in addressing need with solid value picks in Rd. 2 Illinois DE Jihad Ward and Rd. 3 Michigan State DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun. "Since a painfully slow start to his tenure as GM, McKenzie has caught fire and stayed hot this draft weekend. I'd expect as many as five players from this class to become early contributors in Oakland," Silva wrote.
Source: Rotoworld
May 5 - 6:59 PM


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