It has been talked about ad nauseam on this site, and in general, that West Virginia needs to expand their recruiting footprint to survive. They can’t live off the typical Big 12 states (Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa) because they’re all the way over in the eastern region of the country, and the Mountaineers need to find top players in the northeast and great lakes region. With their latest commitment, they did just that. West Virginia landed a commitment from Leddie Brown, a running back from Delaware.
— _LB4 (@___lb4) April 30, 2017
THE BROWN FILE
|Name||Hometown||Position||Position Rank||Star Rating|
|Leddie Brown||Smyrna, DE||ATH/RB||30||⭐⭐⭐|
Brown, a Scout.com 4-star (3-star everywhere else), is the best player in West Virginia’s 4 man 2018 class. His commitment bumps the Mountaineers to 46th in the country, and is a big sign of things to come for what Dana Holgorsen wants to do in this recruiting cycle. Brown picked West Virginia over offers from some very good schools, including Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, Connecticut, Louisville, Syracuse, Maryland, and Temple.
West Virginia has had very solid running backs consistently under Dana Holgorsen, and from what I’ve heard, many around the program are expecting Brown to be the next great Mountaineer running back.
The talent that would inspire that kind of thinking is evident in his film. He’s electric with the ball in his hands, and while he doesn’t elite breakaway speed, he’s shifty, and very hard to take down. He’s solid in the passing game, and knows uses his 6-foot 210 pound frame to pick up yards in between the tackles. He’s not a finished product yet, though no recruit is, but he’s a very talented halfback, who makes up for a lack of elite physical gifts with immense knowledge of playing the running back position, great vision, and patience that you don’t often see in a recruit. If he continues to improve, he could be playing on Sundays in a few years, If I had to compare him to a current running back, I’d compare him to Dalvin Cook, in terms of what his ceiling is. West Virginia fans should be very excited about this young man.