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WVU Football Recruiting: Inside the 2023 Class

Recruiting profiles of each WVU Football class of 2023 commit.

West Virginia Football Commits - Class of 2023

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QB Raheim Jeter (committed on 12/20/21)

6'3", 220 lbs

Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg HS

Power 5 Offers: Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Charlotte, East Carolina, Memphis, Temple.

Recruited by: Sean Reagan.

Analysis: Gets on top of the ball, and finishes with a nice follow-through on "touch passes" downfield. Has a good feel for the pocket - calm feet. Very accurate with the football in all three levels. Has raw arm strength which will develop as he continues to grow older and is in the strength program. A mobile quarterback that has several Cam Newton-esque runs. Runs with anger and seeks contact.

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RB Jordan Louie (committed on 6/13/22)

6'0", 210 lbs

Norcross, GA - Meadowcreek HS

Power 5 Offers: Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Louisville, West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Arkansas State, Georgia State.

Recruited by: Chad Scott.

Analysis: Louie has a good change of direction and breakaway speed. Smooth runner that doesn't get top-heavy in his cuts. He's a very difficult back to tackle - breaks through arm tackles/dives with relative ease. Loves to hit the outside and turn up field, but can do damage in between the tackles as well. Hasn't been featured all that much in the passing game, but when he is, it looks natural to him. 

Why he chose WVU: "The visit was amazing. Everything, like everything, blew me away," Louie told Mountaineers Now. "The coaches, players, the town - it just felt like I was at home and they make me feel like I belong. I love it there."

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RB Jahiem White (committed on 12/13/21)

5'9", 180 lbs

York, PA - William Penn Charter

Power 5 Offers: West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Bowling Green, Old Dominion.

Recruited by: Chad Scott.

Analysis: Only one way to put it - explosive. Does everything at full speed, including changing directions which makes hits cuts in the open field dynamic. Wastes no time hitting the hole and despite his size, absorbs contact very well and maintains his balance. Once he gets outside and turns the corner it's game over. Has next-level speed that will create home run opportunities for any offense. 

Why he chose WVU: "I went to a camp there in June of 2021. The coaches were so genuine. Coach Scott pulled me aside for one on one drills. I left knowing that was my “home”. Called my god mom and told her WVU was it. The coaches are building something special with the program. They are your coaches, but they are family first and you can feel that."

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WR Rodney Gallagher (committed on 5/25/22)

5'10", 170 lbs

Uniontown, PA - Laurel Highlands HS

Power 5 Offers: Arizona State, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, NC State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Texas, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, West Virginia. 

G5 Offers: Cincinnati, Connecticut, Houston, William & Mary.

Recruited by: Dontae Wright, Tony Washington.

Analysis: Gallagher is a dynamic playmaker that can take it the distance any time he touches the ball. Has tremendous breakaway speed with top-end acceleration. Lines up all over the place including taking snaps at quarterback running the read option, running back, and of course, receiver. His athleticism and versatility keeps defenses honest, yet they still don't have an answer for him. It may take him a year or so to truly develop into a star at the next level due to how many different hats he wears in the system he currently plays in. Settling in at receiver and concentrating on that one position every single day will allow him to grow his game. Also has the ability to return punts and kicks. Without a doubt the top player in WVU's class, at the moment.

Why he chose WVU: "I just knew where home was and I just wanted to tell the coaching staff that I was coming. Plus, I didn't want to waste the other schools' time when I knew where I was going," Gallagher told Mountaineers Now. "They've been showing me love since my freshman year. I have a great relationship with the whole staff, especially coach [Dontae] Wright - he's a good dude. It just felt like the best fit for me."

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WR Tory Johnson Jr. (committed on 6/25/2022)

6'4", 210 lbs

Chesapeake, VA - Oscar Smith HS

Power 5 Offers: Maryland, Pitt, Virginia, West Virginia.

G5 Offers: East Carolina.

Analysis: Johnson's 6'4" frame provides a big target for his quarterback. He uses his size down the sidelines and high points the ball for big gains but also works the intermediate routes, finding then sitting in the holes in the secondary before darting field. He can line up on the outside or in the slot. Johnson has nice hands and is a solid rout runner while not afraid to get physical on the outside with his run blocking.

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OL Cooper Young (committed on 6/12/22)

6'5", 280 lbs

Downington, PA - Downington West HS

Power 5 Offers: Maryland, Pitt, Virginia, West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Temple.

Recruited by: Matt Moore.

Analysis: Young primarily lines up at left guard, but has the ability to play all three interior spots along the offensive line. He's very physical in the run game as he possesses powerful hands while maintaining good pad level. Pulls exceptionally well and seeks contact in the second level immediately. Young buries opposing linemen consistently and does so quite effortlessly. Understands leverage at a high level and uses it to seal off running lanes. Absolute tone-setter.

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DL Cameron Jackson (committed on 12/10/21)

6'4", 300 lbs

Spartanburg, SC - Spartanburg HS

Power 5 Offers: West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern.

Recruited by: Andrew Jackson

Analysis: Plays a lot of 0-tech and some 2i as well. Fairly athletic, but could develop into more than just a pure run stopper. Big body that just dominated his competition at the high school level. Strikes with powerful, active hands. Doesn't do anything flashy, but he doesn't need to be as technically sound as he is. Should be a factor in some fashion down the road.

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DL Corey McIntyre Jr. (committed on 6/25/2022)

6'4", 280 lbs

Port Saint Lucie, FL - Treasure Coast HS

Power 5 Offers: Indiana, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Pitt, Washington State, West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Coastal Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Liberty, South Florida.

Analysis: McIntyre is big, mobile, and ferociously attacks ball carriers. He can line up on the inside or outside and can withstand double teams. The Treasure Coast High School product has solid eye discipline, locating the ball in the backfield and tossing lineman to the side, and the strength to push the pocket into the quarterback. Additionally, he continues to chase the play, keeping himself engaged on the field.

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DL Justin Benton (committed on 6/18/22)

6'2", 275 lbs

Covington, GA - Newton HS

Power 5 Offers: Arizona State, Arkansas, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Central Florida.

Analysis: Love this kid's motor. Plays with elite speed for his size and has tremendous athleticism. Quick twitch that allows him to get a good jump off the line creating good leverage immediately once the ball is snapped. Projects to be an interior player at the college level but had a ton of snaps rushing off the edge and even as an outside backer in high school. Benton will have a chance to compete for playing time early and if everything pans out as expected, he'll be a multi-year starter and All-Big 12 performer. The addition of Benton is a BIG one for WVU in the 2023 class.

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DL Eamon Smalls (committed on 6/12/22)

6'2", 325 lbs

Lady's Island, SC - Beaufort HS

Power 5 Offers: West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Liberty.

Recruited by: Andrew Jackson.

Analysis: Great get-off, super athletic for his size 6'2", 300+ lbs. Has a dynamic swim move that wins consistently, but also uses his raw power and lower body strength to force his way into the backfield. Doesn't play much as a true nose, but certainly has the ability to. Depending on how the staff wants to transform his body, he could develop into a 3-technique. He's already quick enough and has the athleticism to do so. WVU is lucky to get a commitment from him when they did. Bigger schools will start floating toward him during his senior year and some may push for a flip.

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LB James Heard (committed on 6/3/22)

6'2", 215 lbs

Philadelphia, PA - St. Joseph's Prep School

Power 5 Offers: Boston College, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Cincinnati, Temple.

Recruited by: Chad Scott

Analysis: Has the potential to be an elite, All-Big 12 pass rusher off the edge at the Bandit spot. Smooth spin move that he can utilize to the tackle's outside shoulder or can front his man and shed off a block to make the tackle behind the line of scrimmage. Also has a solid rip pass rush move. Very finesse, athletic, speedy edge that can beat you in many ways.

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LB Josiah Trotter (committed on 4/15/22)

6'2", 230 lbs

Philadelphia, PA - St. Joseph's Prep School

Power 5 Offers: Clemson, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia Tech, West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Marshall, Temple.

Analysis: Rock-solid two-way linebacker that can play the run and pass. Drops well into coverage and has light, quick feet like a defensive back. Mainly plays the MIKE but can also rush off the edge and line up at either WILL or SAM. Terrific sideline-to-sideline speed. Tackles extremely well in the open field with good form. Has the potential to be a major impact player immediately. 

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LB Noah Braham (committed on 6/25/2022)

6'2", 225 lbs

University HS - Morgantown, WV

Power 5 Offers: West Virginia

G5 Offers: None.

Analysis: Braham lines up as a rush edge for the hometown University High Hawks. He has a nice first step and can fight off blocks to get to the quarterback. Braham also plays tight end and is a threat in the passing game and paves the way as a blocker for his running back. 

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LB Ben Cutter (committed on 6/25/2022)

6'1", 210 lbs

Denver, NC - East Lincoln HS

Power 5 Offers: Louisville, West Virginia. 

G5 Offers: Appalachian State, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Georgia State, Liberty, Marshall, Old Dominion, Tulane.

Analysis: Cutter is an aggressive linebacker who has a nose for the ball. His pre-snap movements along the line of scrimmage and timing the snap gives him an edge to the backfield. His physicality shows when shedding blocks or takes them head on, pushing the lead blocker into the ball carrier and attacks the ball with bad intentions. He can also drop into pass coverage in both and man. Additionally, he's a tough ball carrier, using the same physicality on the defensive side to run over defenders. 

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CB Josiah Jackson (committed on 3/11/22)

6'1", 175 lbs

Fairfield, OH - Fairfield HS

Power 5 Offers: Boston College, Duke, Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland, Vanderbilt, West Virginia.

G5 Offers: Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Michigan, James Madison. Kent State, Massachusetts, Miami (OH), Ohio, Utah State, Western Michigan.

Recruited by: ShaDon Brown.

Analysis: Jackson is a technician on the perimeter in press coverage. He loves getting physical in the first five yards and oftentimes takes his receiver completely out of the play. Mainly plays corner, but offers positional flexibility by dropping back to play safety on occasion. Opposing quarterbacks fear throwing his way and it's obvious when you turn on the tape. His length and closing speed make for tight windows for the ball to be placed in.

Why he chose WVU: "What sold me is how I can get free education, I get a chance to play in one of the best-schemed defenses in college football and I can fit in the scheme, and it’s family-oriented. My family loves the program. What I love most is how much the coaching staff cares for the players on and off the field and how they develop us to be not only better players, but better humans. The facilities are state of the art and they have all the resources needed to be successful."

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CB Jordan Jackson (committed on 6/23/2022)

5'11", 175 lbs

Fairfield, OH - Fairfield HS

Power 5 Offers: Duke, Maryland, Minnesota, Purdue, West Virginia. 

G5 Offers: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Connecticut, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Massachusetts, Miami (OH), Ohio, Toledo, Western Michigan.

Analysis: Much of his highlights show him on the offensive side of the ball at running back, but in the few clips on the defensive side, you can see how fearless he is against the run. Most cornerbacks, especially at the high school level aren't concerned with coming up and helping out in run support. Jackson takes pride in it and can shed blocks with relative ease. A super athletic and twitchy player that can turn into a very high-quality player in WVU's secondary in a few years. Due to his experience with handling the football, he may have a future returning punts/kicks as well.

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