It appears that West Virginia may still have a shot at landing in-state talent Derrek Pitts of South Charleston.
Metro News Sports said that the Rivals four-star defensive back tweeted Monday he was re-opening his recruitment, two months after verbally committing to Penn State.
The 6-foot-1 safety is back in play for WVU and attended last Saturday’s game in Morgantown, where the Mountaineers came from behind to defeat Big 12 rival Kansas State.
He has several other Power Five schools offers such as Tennessee, Louisville, Maryland, Florida, Clemson and Virginia Tech.
… The word is that WVU is interested in Mingo Central junior quarterback Jeremy Dillon and has asked for tape of the talented local athlete. Dillon has already verbally committed to Marshall for basketball. I also hear he is on the radar for the Mountaineers basketball coaching staff.
The 6-foot-5, 190 pound prospect is definitely getting attention as he has accounted for 25 touchdowns in his first five games for the Miners. He has thrown for 16 TDs and rushed for nine more. He is on track to break the school record for most TDs set by Stevie Hammond, who holds the mark with 48.
… The Mountaineers staff got another commitment from a JUCO prospect and from the same school that has given them a couple of other recent players.
West Virginia flipped a commitment from Northwest Mississippi Community College sophomore Quondarius Qualls on Tuesday, according to Metro News Sports.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker/defensive end originally committed to Southern Miss in August and is ranked a three-star prospect by Rivals. West Virginia assistant Joe Wickline gave Qualls his first Power Five offer.
While Northwest was winning the junior college national title last season, Qualls made a team-high 10 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss and 67 tackles overall. His teammates in 2015 included current Mountaineers running back Justin Crawford and current nose tackle commitment Jalen Harvey.
… Former Ripley basketball forward Chase Johnson has committed to Florida. Johnson, 6-foot-8 prospect transferred this summer to play his senior season at Huntington Prep. Coach Bob Huggins had offered Johnson a scholarship.
Johnson averaged 17 points and nine rebounds per game as a junior last year for the Ripley Vikings. His college recruitment got hot this summer as he collected more than 20 Division I scholarship offers, including WVU.
Some of his other offers included Arizona, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Marquette, Penn State, South Carolina, TCU, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
… Former WVU and current Chicago Bears wide receiver Kevin White has been placed on injured reserve with a fractured left fibula. This cost him his entire rookie season with a stress fracture in the same leg.
White was injured Sunday in a 17-14 victory over the Detroit Lions. In addition to the broken bone, White suffered a high ankle sprain as he was tackled during the third quarter.
White leads the Bears this season in receptions with 19, and has 187 receiving yards. The seventh overall draft pick in 2015, he went on IR during the preseason last year because of a left shin injury. Coach John Fox characterized the latest injury as a “spiral fracture” and said White could come off IR late in the season.
(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.)