WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins went back into Ohio to get another top recruit. On Tuesday the Mountaineers received a verbal commit from Derek Culver from Warren, Ohio.
Last year WVU saw freshman Asa Ahmad come to Morgantown. Ahmad was the Player of the Year for the Buckeye State.
Culver is considered one of the top 100 prospects in the 2017 class by a number of recruiting outlets. Rivals rates him 51st, while 247Sports.com rates him 54th and ESPN rates him 78th. He is a four-star recruit according to all three sites.
He had offers from programs like Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana and Kansas.
The 6-foot-10, 225-pound forward has a 7-foot-1 wing span. Culver is said to be “long, athletic and moves well … a good passer and shot blocker.”
… Stan Elkins will be the assistant boys’ basketball coach at Mingo Central High School this week. Elkins has been a former assistant at Williamson, Tug Valley and Logan High Schools. Elkins was a basketball and baseball standout for the Wolfpack back in the 1970s.
First-year Mingo Central Coach Kevin Hatfield said he is happy to get Elkins on his staff. Elkins is the cousin of former Wolfpack All-American and current Marshall Assistant Coach Mark Cline. “Stan gives me someone with experience. He is someone who believes in the same discipline as I do. He will be a true asset to building the program.”
The BOE received a resignation letter from Jack Stewart as the assistant girls’ basketball coach at Mingo Central High School and also as the boys’ basketball coach Matewan PK-8 School. Stewart, a former Matewan High School hoops star, will be teaching and living in Logan County.
… Huntington High offensive lineman Billy Ross announced his commitment to North Carolina earlier this week. He is another West Virginia D-1 recruit that will be going out of state. The 6-foot-5, 292-pound offensive tackle was a highly-touted recruit with more than 25 offers. Ross is listed by Scout as the top offensive line prospect in the state of West Virginia and the 37th-best offensive tackle in the nation. He had several offers, but his final four schools came down to North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida State and Marshall.
… WVU received a couple of commitments from two offensive linemen this week.
According to Metro News Sports, Fairmont Senior defensive lineman Darius Stills Monday night committed to West Virginia’s 2017 recruiting class after receiving an offer from the Mountaineers earlier in the day.
Heading into this past weekend, Stills also had offers from Rutgers, UMass, Kent State, Appalachian State and Liberty – but no offer from West Virginia. After initially committing to Rutgers on Saturday, the offer came from WVU on Monday and Stills flipped to WVU.
The Mountaineers also received a commitment Monday from Buford, Ga., offensive lineman Tyler Thurmond, a Rivals two-star prospect who jumped at his first Power Five offer.
The product of one of the nation’s top high school programs, Thurmond holds offers from UNC-Charlotte, Ohio, UT-San Antonio, Georgia State and Old Dominion, along with multiple FCS schools, said Metro News.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder could play tackle or guard in college, according to Rivals writer Keenan Cummings.
(Kyle Lovern is the Managing Editor for the Civitas Media Mountain District including the Williamson Daily News and Logan Banner. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)