Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com
January 19, 2013
The WVU football coaching staff has gotten a huge triumph on the recruiting trail with the commitment of four-star prospect Shelton Gibson (Cleveland Heights, Ohio /Cleveland Heights).
Gibson is reportedly an “electric playmaker” that could have the opportunity to step right in and fill a void left by Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey turning pro.
Gibson is a 6’1” 175-pound wide receiver who reportedly runs a 4.42 forty-yard dash. He chose the Mountaineers over offers from some big-time schools like Ohio State, Kentucky, Tennessee, Auburn, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Pittsburgh.
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson was his lead recruiter. Gibson marks the 23rd commitment in the 2013 recruiting class. According to his coach, Gibson should not have any trouble academically qualifying.
National Signing Day is on February 6.
… The WVU football recruiting class currently stands at 23 commitments as of Friday, January 15. The WVU coaching staff is in the final stages of making in-home visits.
The NCAA allows only 25 players to count towards each year’s recruiting class. Some early enrollees this spring will count toward last year’s class.
Some of the commitments so far include quarterback Chavas Rawlins, running backs Dreamius Smith, Wendell Smallwood and Zaire Williams.
Spring Valley fullback-linebacker Elijah Wellman is the only in-state player committed so far.
With approximately five scholarships left, there appear a few prospects in the mix for those spots.
… Morgantown senior wide receiver Blaine Stewart will play college football at James Madison, in Harrisonburg, Va.
Stewart, the son of former West Virginia football Coach Bill Stewart, he was a Special Honorable Mention All-State player for the Mohigans in 2012. Stewart finished his prep career with 41 catches for 612 yards and six touchdowns in Morgantown’s run-heavy offense. He had walk-on opportunities at Wake Forest, Duke, Ohio, Akron, Richmond and William & Mary.
Stewart joins Kennedy Award winner Ryan Switzer (North Carolina), Dustin Crouser (Charlotte) and Jordan Clay (Air Force) of George Washington; Cedric Brown (Ohio) and Eugene German (Charlotte) of Martinsburg; Logan Cox of Parkersburg South (Akron) and Huff Award winner Wellman of Spring Valley (Huntington, W. Va.) a Division I scholarship players who have been offered from the Mountain State.
… Check out the Williamson Daily News on Tuesday for game stories and pictures from the Hatfield-McCoy Shootout that was held at the Williamson Fieldhouse on Saturday.
(Sources: WVU Illustrated and the AP.)
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