Breaking Down the WVU Football Committed Recruits for 2024 (2024)

With some new recruits announcing commitments to the WVU football program this week, the 2024 class is starting to take shape.

West Virginia set out a goal to acquire as much talent as possible, especially at key positions (WR, OL, DL, DB). They did this by looking mostly in their surrounding states of Ohio and Pennsylvania and also heavily and in the south in places like Florida and Georgia. Assistant coaches Bilal Marshall and Blaine Stewart, both added to the coaching staff this offseason, led the recruiting effort for the Mountaineers.

While there’s still plenty of work ahead and there are many players who haven’t committed anywhere weighing offers from West Virginia, here are some notable players who have committed to join WVU after their final high school season next year.

Committed Players for 2024

Nate Gabriel (DL, FL)

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Nate Gabriel, a defensive line prospect out of Auburndale, Florida, ended up picking West Virginia over offers from several other major programs, including East Carolina, Kansas State, Illinois, South Florida and UCF. Gabriel is ranked as a top 200 Florida product and a three-star by both 247 Sports and

Curtis Jones (LB, WV)

Curtis Jones (6-foot-2, 210 pounds), who attends Cabell Midland High School in Ona, WVa. as a 2024 product, just shy of three hours southwest of Morgantown, committed to WVU a month after receiving an official offer.

Diore Hubbard (RB, OH)

Keeping up with its tradition, the WVU football program secures a top running back recruit as class of 2024 product Diore Hubbard commits to the Mountaineers.

Hubbard, who currently attends Gahanna Lincoln High School in Columbus, Ohio, earned a West Virginia offer after having talks with WVU offensive coordinator Chad Scott. He’s rated as a three-star prospect by most outlets, namely 247 Sports.

Jason Cross (ATH, PA)

Jason Cross will be taking those country roads from Pittsburgh to Morgantown. The class of 2024 athlete has committed to the WVU football program.

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, Cross attends Bishop Canevin High School. He announced his decision to pick West Virginia over Michigan State and Syracuse on Friday after previously promoting his commitment date.

Makai Byerson (DE, VA)

Class of 2024 defensive end prospect Makai Byerson has committed to the WVU football program.

This comes after he received an offer from West Virginia 10 months ago and then took his official visit earlier this month. Byerson, who is rated as a three-star recruit by multiple outlets, plays for Manchester High School in Midlothian, Virginia.

Justin Terry (OT, OH)

Class of 2024 offensive tackle Justin Terry (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) from Pickerington Central Highschool in Pickerington, Ohio tweeted that “he’s locked in” with West Virginia.

Terry, a three-star recruit, received 12 Division I offers, but WVU was his only Power Five opportunity. He’s now committing a month after the offer.

Khalil Wilkins (QB, D.C.)

West Virginia has secured a commitment from a potential quarterback of the future. Khalil Wilkins (6-foot-4, 190 pounds), a class of 2024 Roosevelt High School product out of Washington, D.C., announced he’s committing to WVU in a tweet Sunday afternoon.

WV Sports Now caught up with Wilkins about a month ago.

It’s About the Fit for WVU Football and 2024 QB Recruit Khalil Wilkins

Rickey Williams (LB, OH)

Rickey Williams, a class of 2024 product out of Archbishop Hovan High School in Akron, Ohio, is regarded as a three-star player by most outlets.

Williams (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) committed to West Virginia after taking his official visit on June 9th. He initially received an offer in January.

Chris Henry (ATH, FL)

West Virginia lands yet another commit. This time, class of 2024 athlete Chris Henry pledges his commitment to the WVU football program.

Henry (6-foot, 185 pounds) attends Dunnellon High School in Dunnellon, Florida. His decision to commit comes less than a week after taking an official visit.

Israel Boyce (DB, GA)

Class of 2024 three-star defensive back Israel Boyce has committed to the WVUfootball program, giving West Virginia another piece for the future of the defensive secondary.

Listed at 6-foot and 180 pounds, Boyce has one more season remaining at Douglas County High School in Douglasville, Georgia.

Zae Jennings (ATH, OH)

WVU football secures a commitment from a versatile athlete in class of 2024 three-star Zae Jennings.

The 6-foot-2 and 192-pound Jennings tweeted a video and a letter to announce he’s picking West Virginia Wednesday afternoon. This comes just a few days after he left Morgantown, completing his official visit with the Mountaineers.

Ranked as a three-star prospect, Jennings attends Colerain High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has experience playing quarterback and running back.

Brandon Rehmann (WR, PA)

WVU football adds an offensive weapon to their 2024 recruiting class, gaining a commitment from top Pennsylvania wide receiver recruit in Brandon Rehmann. He tweeted the news on the evening of June 13.

Listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Rehmann comes from the prestigious St. Joseph’s Prep School in Philadelphia, PA. While he’s mostly recognized as a three-star recruit, Rivals has classified Rehmann as a four-star prospect.

Elijah Kinsler (3-Star DE, NJ)

West Virginia earned a commitment from class of 2024 three-star Edge Elijah Kinsler. The New Jersey native announced that he will be joining the WVU football program in a tweet on June 11.

Listed at 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Kinsler is a highly sought after defensive end. He had 10 total offers on the table before picking WVU, including several from prominent schools.

Obinna Onwuka (4-Star DE, MD)

Onwuka (6-foot-2, 225 pounds), a class of 2024 prospect who the Mountaineers have been pursing since January, made his intentions known in a tweet Friday afternoon.

Onwuka responded with “take me home forever” and “this place is heaven” when asked about why he eventually decided on becoming a Mountaineer.

2024 4-Star DE Obinna Onwuka on Why He’s ‘Locked in’ With WVU

The Upper Marlboro, Maryland was considering a top seven that also included Boston College, Maryland, Memphis, USC, Virginia Tech and Penn State.

Onwuka is ranked as the No. 12 player in Maryland, the No. 30 edge-rusher, and the No. 359 player nationally, according to 247Sports composite rankings.

In an interview with WVSN back in January, Onwuka talked about what he’s looking for in a school. “Academics, the culture and the mutual support of for students” Onkuwa said are the main traits he wants to find in a college program.

Kyle Altuner (3-Star OL, MD)

Kyle Altuner (6-foot-3, 284-pounds), a three-star 2024 interior offensive lineman from Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland, announced his commitment to WVU football via social media on Saturday.

Altuner is a consensus three-star, having received the rating by all four major outlets – ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and On3. He’s rated similar on all four, falling between the No. 12 (ESPN) and No. 26 (On3) recruit in Maryland.

Jack Sammarco (3-Star TE, OH)

Sammarco, a class of 2024 product, is listed at 6-foot-6 and 242 pounds and considered a top 50 recruit in Ohio and a top 100 tight end nationally by most outlets. He currently attends Anderson High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Richard James Jr. (3-Star DL, NJ)

West Virginia’s first commitment from the class of 2024 was defensive lineman Richard James. James played the 2022 season at St. Joseph’s Prep School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but then transferred to finish out high school at Big Picture Learning Academy.

James (6-foot-1, 270 pounds) is ranked a 3-star prospect from Philadelphia, picking WVU over Ole Miss, Penn State, Temple and Texas A&M.

Keyshawn Robinson (3-Star WR, WV)

Keyshawn Robinson, a 2024 in-state wide receiver, announced on April 16 that he will be committing to West Virginia. Robinson is a 3-star prospect from Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia.

Robinson (6-foot) was offered by West Virginia in January, taking a visit to Morgantown last September. Robinson currently plays wide receiver and cornerback at Jefferson High School. The in-state recruit was also offered by Old Dominion and Temple.

High Schools Players Offered by WVU

Click here to find our complete list of the offers sent by the WVU football program.

Breaking Down the WVU Football Committed Recruits for 2024 (2024)


Breaking Down the WVU Football Committed Recruits for 2024? ›

West Virginia has 19 commitments in the 2024 recruiting class so far and is currently ranked 50th nationally. take a closer look at the recruiting rankings and how each recruit factors into the team total on How does come up with their point system for the rankings?

What is WVU football recruiting ranked in 2024? ›

West Virginia has 19 commitments in the 2024 recruiting class so far and is currently ranked 50th nationally. take a closer look at the recruiting rankings and how each recruit factors into the team total on How does come up with their point system for the rankings?

What rank is WVU football recruiting class? ›

WVU's class ranks fourth in the new Big 12, trailing behind just TCU, Arizona State and Oklahoma State. West Virginia has 17 commitments for next year's class.

Who is WVU starting running back? ›

Jahiem White - Football - West Virginia University Athletics.

How many NFL players have come from WVU? ›

The West Virginia Mountaineers football team, representing West Virginia University (WVU), has had 198 players selected in the National Football League (NFL) since the league began holding drafts in 1936.

Who is the number one recruit in 2024? ›

Ellis Robinson IV

Who is the number one quarterback recruit in 2024? ›

2024 ESPN Top Quarterbacks: Pocket Passer
1Dylan Raiola Video | Scouts Report6'3''
2C.J. Carr Video | Scouts Report6'3''
3Air Noland Video | Scouts Report6'3''
4Michael Van Buren Video | Scouts Report6'0''
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What tier is WVU? ›

Founded in 1867, WVU is an R1 (ranked alongside Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Johns Hopkins), public, land-and-space grant institution offering over 350 majors. Our undergraduate enrollment was 19,599 in fall 2021, but we're about so much more than numbers.

What is a 2 star football recruit? ›

2 stars is a typical ranking for recruits at most mid-major level or Division I FCS schools. No major recruiting service currently issues ratings below 2 stars; unrated players typically play at levels below NCAA Division I or may be walk-ons at Division I schools.

Who is leaving WVU football? ›

It's a bye week, and we also learned of our first two transfers out of the program - wide receivers Cortez Braham and Jeremiah Aaron have elected to "self-redshirt" and are no longer with the program. That brings WVU's total projected scholarship number to 95 for 2024.

What WVU QB went to the NFL? ›

William Grier (born April 3, 1995) is an American football quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Florida Gators and West Virginia Mountaineers and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round in the 2019 NFL draft.

Did Joe Manchin play football for WVU? ›

James Manchin, was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates and later served as West Virginia Secretary of State and Treasurer. Manchin graduated from Farmington High School in 1965. He entered West Virginia University on a football scholarship in 1965, but an injury during practice ended his football career.

Is anyone famous from West Virginia? ›

Don Knotts, who played the well-known role of Deputy Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show, is a native of Morgantown, WV. The actor-comedian is considered one of the most loved actors of his time. Country crooner Brad Paisley is a proud Mountaineer.

How much do WVU football players make? ›

As of Jun 11, 2024, the average hourly pay for a Football Player in West Virginia is $14.40 an hour. While ZipRecruiter is seeing salaries as high as $25.31 and as low as $5.21, the majority of Football Player salaries currently range between $10.62 (25th percentile) to $21.20 (75th percentile) in West Virginia.

Did anyone from WVU get drafted in the NFL? ›

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University center Zach Frazier was selected in the second round of today's NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was the 51st overall choice.

Has WVU ever been ranked? ›

West Virginia finished the 1988 campaign ranked No. 5 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.

Who is the number 1 rated 2024 high school wr america? ›

2024 ESPN Top Wide receivers
1Ryan Williams Video | Scouts Report170
2Jeremiah Smith Video | Scouts Report200
3Cameron Coleman Video | Scouts Report185
4Micah Hudson Video | Scouts Report195
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Who had the best recruiting class this year in college football? ›

Georgia Bulldogs

The Dawgs' 2024 class is ranked first nationally per the 247Sports Composite.

How many 5 star college football recruits are there? ›

The best of those recruits are rated five stars. There are 32 five-stars every year, making them essentially college football's version of first-round picks.

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