West Virginia landed commitments from two junior-college All-Americans this past weekend.
Craig Smith, a huge offensive lineman, and running back Justin Crawford, who rushed for more than 1,600 yards this season.
Crawford ran for 3,161 yards and 30 touchdowns over two seasons at Northwest, making 268 carries for 1,610 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore. He added 29 receptions for 394 yards and six touchdowns.
The Mountaineers’ class now stands at 24 commitments.
The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Smith reversed his commitment from South Florida early Sunday while visiting Morgantown. He topped 380 pounds as a high school player at Royal Palm Beach, Fla., where he signed with Florida A & M in 2013 before failing to qualify.
He emerged during a productive sophomore season at Tyler (Texas) Junior College, drawing offers from Louisiana Tech, UCF, UAB, Louisiana-Lafayette and Akron.
Smith is scheduled to graduate from junior college in May before reporting to West Virginia for summer workouts.
WVU has early enrollees Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettway on campus, who are both running backs that will provide competition in the backfield. Senior Rushel Shell returns for his final season, giving the Mountaineers plenty of depth at that position.
West Virginia loses Big 12 rushing leader Wendell Smallwood, who announced Jan. 6 he was entering the NFL draft.
… The Super Six, West Virginia’s state football championship game weekend, will return to Wheeling. Wheeling, Charleston and Huntington were all invited to submit bids, but Wheeling was the only potential host to submit a bid.
Wheeling Island Stadium has hosted the Super Six since 1994. Wheeling has beat out competing bids over those years from Charleston, Huntington and Parkersburg.
The Super Six is set for the first weekend in December each year, with the Class AA championship played on Friday night, the Class AAA title game on Saturday afternoon and the Class A title game on Saturday night.
… The new alignments for the sectional and regionals have been released. With the new enrollment figures that were released a few weeks ago, several local and regional teams find themselves in a new classification or region.
Mingo remains in Class AA, but will not have Chapmanville, Lincoln County, Logan, Man and Scott in their basketball section. The Miners are in Region 4, Section 2. The opposite sectional in their region is very competitive.
Tug Valley will still be Class A, but will have Buffalo, Hannan, Sherman, St. Joseph Central, Tolsia and Van in their section. They are in Region 4, Section 2 and the other regional is loaded.
Next season should be very interesting for area basketball teams.
(Information from this article was provided by WVMetro News.)
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)