Top 5 WV Linebackers in AA/A for 2020


For our second off-season, we will be releasing to the public our Defensive Skill & Specialists Scout Sheet. It will not include the numeric ratings seen on the same sheets seen by college coaches but will use a color-coded guide. It will not have player’s academic and contact info- which will be seen by colleges.

What’s on it?

182 organized and evaluated 2021-2024 West Virginia Linebackers, Defensive Backs, Kickers, Punters, and Longsnappers.

Where can I see it?

You can download it by clicking the link below. It is an Excel file so it is best to viewed on a computer.

Do colleges have to pay?

No, colleges will not pay for our scout sheets. They will be sent an all-in-one scout sheet that includes further information to assist in the recruiting process.


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Honorable Mentions

Jansen Moreland (Frankfort) 2021

Matthew Jenkins (Moorefield) 2021

Zach McClung (Greenbrier West) 2021


TIE – 3. Tyler Young

Young was lucky enough to be surrounded by two other all-state seniors last year. This allowed him to really come into his own. With good size, he was given freedom to develop all parts of his game. He was great at playing the edge as a true outside and showed he knew how to maneuver his size. As his coverage and tackling ability continue to progress, he will be among the best linebackers in AA.


TIE – 3. Erick Grimmett

Grimmett did the dirty work for a breakout 2019 Man team. His role on their notable defense was very important. He manned the entire middle and captained any open gaps. Grimmett’s stout size allowed him to fill openings swiftly. He proved to be a sure tackler and hit with enough pop to be a turnover causer. Man will be replacing some playmaking seniors so Grimmett’s demand will increase.


TIE – 3. Dillon Taylor

Taylor erupted as a sideline to sideline playmaker for the Poca defense. As the true mike, he looks the part with well developed muscles and a hitting ability to match. His tenacity allowed him to own the box and stop nearly any run within or right off the tackles. Taylor’s improvement will come in his opportunity to play in space and grow as a open-field linebacker.


2. Shawn Mitchell

Mitchell is by far the smallest linebacker on the list. Possessing defensive back size, he was fiercely dominant on the biggest stages. He is legitimately fast, agile, and has that low-to-ground tackle style that is highly efficient. On multiple occasions, Mitchell was a speeding bullet that shut down the opposing team’s playmaker. His shortfall, however, is his ability to hold his weight inside the box.


1. John Covert

Covert has been regarded as one of the best since his sophomore year. Two seasons with plenty of games under his belt and he has cemented himself as the best. He is physically developed with a top-notch strength and moves well- proven by his runningback stats. Covert has a solid understanding of the defense and always seem to be in the right spot and has the tools to usually make the proper wrap and tackle. He also has looked good in pass coverage.

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