Coming into the 2018 recruiting class, West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen and wide receivers coach Tyson Carrier agreed that the Mountaineers needed to bring in at least 3 receivers. Three players immediately stood out: WVU Legacy Ralph Davis, Bryce Wheaton and Sam James. The first two were already committed by the end of June, and now, the third, Sam James, has officially joined the class he had been projected to for months. The three compliment each other extremely well, and will make for an incredible receiving core in a few years.
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THE JAMES FILE
James is the 10th commitment in West Virginia’s 2018 class, a class that has really picked up the pace recently, landing five commitments since June 23rd. He’s the third receiver, along with the aforementioned Wheaton and Davis. Tight end TJ Ivy and running back Leddie Brown will also contribute greatly in the passing game in Morgantown. All of them have vastly different skill sets, and James’ combination of length and speed didn’t previously exist in WVU’s class, and will fit very nicely. The next thing West Virginia needs to do is find their 2018 quarterback to pair with all these weapons.
James had 20 other offers, and chose West Virginia over UConn, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Kansas, Maryland, Memphis, Mississippi State, South Carolina, UCF and Wake Forest among others. He has serious interest from Clemson, Georgia, Minnesota and Tennessee, but no offer, mainly because of how raw he is. Right now, James is an extremely gifted athlete, with a frame that needs filled out, and a skill set that needs tuned. His ceiling is sky-high, but he’ll need some development. That ceiling is why West Virginia likes his so much.
While Ralph Davis is more of a slot guy, and Wheaton will give defenses fits on short routes, James is most dangerous down the field. He’s tall, lanky, and ran a 4.3 forty time at Mississippi State’s camp a few weeks ago. That’s a recipe for an extremely dangerous deep threat, and when he adds more muscle and learns the nuances of the position, he’s going to be nearly impossible to stop. The general word around the recruiting world is that James is due for a big recruiting jump, and could eventually be a four-star. If that jump comes, it would be well deserved. His ceiling comparison is Alshon Jeffery.