Top 10 Most Recruited Players in WV for 2021

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West Virginia – #1 TE Corbin Page (Spring Valley) 2022

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Marshall – #2 TE Toby Page (Poca) 2022


10. Xavier Bausley

RANK (POS): #1 OL

SCHOOL (YR): South Charleston (2022)

OFFER(S): Morehead State

Bausley is our #1 lineman in the state and with good reason. He is a massive body at tackle (6’5 310 pounds) and has the feet to go along with it. He has also played in many spots across the frontline since his freshman season, being a standout at all. His academic work is equally impressive, causing him to gain some FCS interest from the Ivy League. Morehead State is his top offer as of now while many other D2’s or D1’s offering PWO’s have surely pursued him.


9. Evan Ferguson

RANK (POS): #3 OL

SCHOOL (YR): Spring Valley (2022)

OFFER(S): Gardner-Webb

Ferguson is easily the best interior offensive linemen in the state this year. He has shown an obvious dedication to diet and the weightroom, being very sternly built at 6’2. He could play anywhere in-state for free via D2 or take a PWO for Marshall. Recently, he collected his first FCS offer from Gardner-Webb which could spark a trend moving forward for the talented center.


8. Max Wentz

RANK (POS): #2 OL

SCHOOL (YR): Huntington (2022)

OFFER(S): Dartmouth

Wentz has been ranked among the best linemen of the ’22 class since his freshman season. With good size, solid feet, and having been coached by a linemen factory, it is no wonder he has gained substantial interest. He will definitely have an opportunity to play anywhere in the Mountain East on full scholarship as well as roster spots for Marshall and West Virginia. As of now his biggest offer is from Ivy League Dartmouth, a true showing of his dedication in the classroom.


7. JacQai Long

RANK (POS): #16 QB

SCHOOL (YR): Capital (2024)

OFFER(S): Marshall

Long remains somewhat of a mystery for the state. With Capital only getting three games played in 2020, he had little-to-no varsity film, making it hard for us to gauge exactly where he should rank. However, his technical passing ability and arm talent was evident during camp season as he collected an offer from Marshall as only a rising sophomore. With Capital yet to name a head coach, this makes the Cougars easily one of the most interesting teams in the entire state.


6. Tariq Miller

RANK (POS): #1 WR

SCHOOL (YR): North Marion (2022)

OFFER(S): Marshall

Miller has made waves across the state for several years now. His agile and burning speed has collected plenty of receptions, yards, and touchdowns at North Marion. In the spring, he was among the first in-state athletes offered by the new Marshall football staff. It goes without saying that few, if any, will be able to cover his pure skill and athleticism on any level this season.


5. Atticus Goodson

RANK (POS): #2 RB

SCHOOL (YR): Independence (2022)

OFFER(S): Marshall

Goodson fell into a similar category of Ethan Payne and Blake Hartman- two ’21 players heading to Division I. He is well-sized (6’1 220 pounds), explosively fast, and has produced in multiple facets. He is also a decently recruited baseball prospect as well, which could factor into his eventual decision for college. Regardless, he should be one of, if not, the top players in Class AA this season.


4. Jacob Barrick

RANK (POS): #3 TE

SCHOOL (YR): Martinsburg (2022)

OFFERS: Marshall, UAB

Barrick is a lesser known name on this list. We had him highly ranked two seasons ago before he transferred from Spring Mills to Martinsburg and eventually ruled ineligible to play in 2021. Despite missing a full season, he still gained two Division I offers from Marshall and UAB. Barrick is a prototype tight end: 6’4 and long, 220 pounds and can run. He will be a dynamic asset on both sides of the line for the Bulldogs this season- potentially collecting more offers.


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3. Mondrell Dean

RANK (POS): #1 LB

SCHOOL (YR): South Charleston (2023)

OFFER(S): Cincinnati, Miami (OH)

Dean collected his first offer last season during a scrimmage if that does not say enough about his talent level. He is a pure athlete that has been used seemingly everywhere from runningback to linebacker and perhaps receiver in 2021. A rising junior, he has elite size of over 6’3 and 230 pounds to complement this wide skillset. With him actually getting a full season in 2021, those two D1 offers are sure to grow.


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2. Mari Lawton

RANK (POS): #3 DL

SCHOOL (YR): South Charleston (2023)

OFFER(S): Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Miami (OH), Arkansas State, Toledo

Lawton is the highest recruited player out of the 2023 class as of now. His ceiling appears to be the tallest among any player due to his incredible gains in height and weight since his freshmen season. Only a junior, he could go into college as a 6’5 260 defensive end. This reflects his devotion to training and the weightroom. He obviously has talent on the field and this mixture makes it certain why he already holds several D1 offers.


1. Eric Smith

RANK (POS): #2 DL

SCHOOL (YR): Fairmont Senior (2022)

OFFER(S): Purdue, Appalachian State, Marshall, Miami (OH), UMass, Kent State, Central Michigan, Army, Air Force

Though Smith was our #2 rated defensive linemen behind ’22 NG/DT Nemo Roberts from Cabell Midland, he was without a doubt our #1 defensive end in the state. His high level of recruitment can be easily chalked up to one word: length. Long arms equal separation and the ability to bat down balls at the next level. Holding one Power 5 offer and several solid Group of 5 offers, he has a lot of leverage and opportunity going into his senior season, carrying on the recent trend of elite Fairmont Senior linemen.

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