When Dana Holgorsen recruits, he likes to do so in very short bursts, much to the dismay of recruiting writers such as myself. This means that West Virginia’s highs on the recruiting path are about as high as it comes, and their lows are among the worst of any power five’s schools. After landing a number of recruits early on in the month, West Virginia is back at it again, as earlier today the Mountaineers landed commitments from two linemen, Georgia tackle Oyenmwen Uzebu, and Tennessee tackle Briason Mays.
— ❌Junior Uzebu❌ (@junior_uzebu) July 30, 2017
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Uzebu was the 13th commitment in West Virginia’s 2018 recruiting class, and the first offensive lineman in the class. West Virginia ha been recruiting from all over the country this class, and interestingly enough, one of their favorite states has been Georgia. The Mountaineers have more commitments from the state of Georgia than any other state in their 2018, with three: Uzebo, cornerback Jayce Rogers and wide receiver Sam James. Uzebo is the second highest ranked recruit in the class, just behind running back Leddie Brown.
Uzebo picked West Virginia over offers from Minnesota, Kansas, Maryland, NC State, Pitt and Syracuse, with interest from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State and Georgia. The biggest competitor for his commitment was Syracuse, but due to the strong bonds West Virginia has formed with him over the past few months, Morgantwon has been projected as his landing spot for a while now. He originally committed to Minnesota, but backed off that commitment in May, after receiver a number of new offers. West Virginia struck quickly, and now he’s Mountaineer.
On the field, Uzebo is a lot of potential, a lot of strength, and not much else. He’s a smart blocker, and he has a tendency to completely eliminate defenders from plays with his incredible strength. He’s not a freak athlete by any means, and his pass protection will need some refinement because of his lack of bend, but purely as a prospect, Uzebo is extremely exciting. He’s still very young for his class, not even 17 yet, and while he has a lot of room to grow, his ceiling is very high. His ceiling comparison is Greg Robinson.
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— Briason Mays (@briasonmays51) July 30, 2017
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Mays is the 14th commitment in West Virginia’s 2018 class, and the second offensive lineman, along with the aforementioned Uzebu. He’s West Virginia’s second commitment from Tennessee, along with star quarterback Woodrow Lowe, who just happens to be very familiar with the newest West Virginia commitment. Why is that? Well, Mays plays with Lowe at Central high school in Bolivar, and the two have been talking about going to the same school for months now. Package deals in recruiting are great, as long as they’re going to your school.
Mays picked West Virginia over Georgia Tech, Air Force, Army, Illinois, Navy, Toledo and UCF. He was offered by West Virginia last month, and by Georgia Tech earlier this week. An interesting fact of note about his offer list is the abundance of option schools. That interest stems from his impressive speed and less than impressive size from the tackle position, as he fits the traditional mold those schools look for perfectly. however, despite the different, non-option style the Mountaineers run, the chance to play in the Big 12 was just too much to pass up for the underrated tackle.
On the field, Mays and Uzebu are extremely different players. While Mays may be listed as a tackle, and while it is his natural position, his body is much more oriented towards a transition to guard at the next level. He’s quick, strong, and athletic, but he’s just not big enough to play tackle in the Big 12. In terms of his actual ability, Mays is a fantastic run blocker, that thrives in the second level an d on pull schemes, that will struggle in the passing game unless he’s developed. It will, as I said, take some work to get Mays ready for pass protection in the Big 12, but when he gets to that point he could be a star. His ceiling comparison is Dan Feeney.