#TakeMeHome22: Live tracker for WVU football’s National Signing Day

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Stop here for live updates as the National Letters of Intent fly in to Morgantown

The hard work of WVU football coach Neal Brown and his staff culminates today as his 2022 class begins to take shape on the start of the early signing period.

West Virginia patiently waits to see if its 18 committed prospects will solidify their commitment to the program with a signature. Before today, Brown’s 2022 class is the highest-ranked of his tenure at WVU, slotting in as high as No. 23 by ESPN. Of course, he knows well that nothing is official until the pen hits the paper, and he is no stranger to recruiting surprises.

For a full primer on today’s signing day, click this link. In the meantime, stop back here for live updates as WVU’s prospects officially sign on to become a Mountaineer.

De’Carlo “CJ” Donaldson Jr. – ATH

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • Hometown: Miami, Florida
  • High school: Gulliver Prep High School
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, ESPN, Rivals)
  • State ranking: 111 (247Sports), 147 (ESPN)
  • Position ranking (TE): 46 (247Sports), 152 (ESPN)
  • More on CJ:

WVU’s second signee from Gulliver Prep, Donaldson played both wide out and tight end in his high school career. He had a breakout senior year, logging 81 catches for 1,164 yards and 13 touchdowns, and finished his career with 1,409 receiving yards. He received nine offers from schools including Florida, Florida State and Miami.

Jeremiah Aaron – WR

  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 190 lbs
  • Hometown: Pearland, Texas
  • Previous school: Navarro CC/Pearland High School
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A late addition to the 2022 class, Aaron finished his sophomore season with 1,775 all-purpose yards, including 911 yards receiving and eight touchdowns. He finished second in the nation with 91.1 yards per game, third in total receiving yards and sixth in with 49 catches. He set a Navarro single-game record with 10 catches for 276 yards, and helped his team to the Scooters Coffee Bowl. Led the NJCAA in all-purpose yards and per-game reception yardage.

Zeiqui Lawton – DL

  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 266 lbs
  • Hometown: Charleston, West Virginia
  • Previous school: Cincinnati, South Charleston High School
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Lawton began his college career with the Cincinnati Bearcats, but transferred after just one redshirt season. Before that, he was a consensus three-star prospect in the 2021 class, and was a top-three prospect in West Virginia by all three outlets — in fact, ESPN and 247Sports ranked him as the second-best player in the Mountain State, trailing only Wyatt Milum, who just finished a Freshman All-American season at WVU.

Asani Redwood – DL

  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 260 lbs
  • Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia
  • High school: Collins Hill High School
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, ESPN)
  • State ranking: 106 (ESPN), 119 (247Sports)
  • Position ranking: 68 (247Sports), 85 (ESPN)
  • More on Asani:

Redwood joined the commitment list at the 11th hour, announcing his intention on Tuesday — just hours before the start of the early signing period. He helped the Collins Hill Eagles to a state championship 15-0 season, logging 115 tackles and 19 sacks.

Lyn-J Dixon – RB

  • Height: 5-10
  • Weight: 195 lbs
  • Hometown: Butler, Georgia
  • Previous school: Clemson (graduate transfer)
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Dixon comes to Morgantown with a wealth of Division I experience having spent four years already with the Clemson Tigers. Before that, he was a top-10, four-star running back prospect out of high school, then went on to rush for 1,420 and 13 touchdowns with Clemson. He entered the transfer portal in September, and in November, he announced his decision to join West Virginia. He has two years of eligibility remaining when he arrives in Morgantown.

Mar’Ques “Hershey” McLaurin – S

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 203 lbs
  • Hometown: Friendship, Mississippi
  • Previous school: Collins High School/Jones County Junior College
  • Caliber: 4 stars (Rivals), 3 stars (247Sports)
  • State ranking (JUCO): 9 (247Sports)
  • Position ranking (JUCO): 5 (247Sports)
  • More on Hershey:

McLaurin stood out as one of the best defensive backs in junior college in 2021, finishing the season with 36 tackles and five interceptions — the latter of which was tied for fourth in the nation. In fact, he was a key piece to the defense that led the country with 22 picks. His athletic exploits go beyond the defensive secondary — he actually began his football career as a quarterback, starting four years as the signal caller at Collins High and throwing for over 6,000 yards and 73 touchdowns. He was also his high school basketball team’s MVP.

Aric Burton – Edge

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Hometown: Heufeld, Germany
  • Previous school: Clearwater Academy International (FL)
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, Rivals and ESPN)
  • State ranking: 92 (Rivals), 96 (247Sports), 129 (ESPN)
  • More on Aric:

Burton was the seventh player with an international background to commit to the WVU football program since Neal Brown took over as head coach. While Burton played his high school career in Clearwater, Florida, his mother still lives in Germany. Clearwater Academy International isn’t a new school for WVU, as it’s the same school that produced Ahkeem Mesidor. Burton is raw, as he just began playing football in the ninth grade. He originally took up flag football before making the switch to tackle football. But at 6 foot 5 inches, and 210 pounds, he’s a force off the edge.

Sullivan Weidman – OL

  • Height: 6-6
  • Weight: 300 lbs
  • Hometown: Franklin, Massachusetts
  • High school: Dexter Southfield School
  • State rank: 4 (Rivals), 6 (247Sports), 7 (ESPN)
  • Position rank: 22 (Rivals), 62 (247Sports), 76 (ESPN)
  • More on Sullivan:

Weidman was an early commitment to WVU, making his initial announcement on April 1. Several schools must have thought that was an April Fools’ joke, as they came calling after that — but in October, he reinforced his intention to come to Morgantown via Twitter. Weidman was a two-way player for Dexter Southfield, and was named the Evergreen League Co-Lineman of the Year as they earned the No. 2 prep school ranking in the NEPSAC B Division.

Tyrin Woodby – CB

  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 170 lbs
  • Hometown: Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • High school: St. Frances Academy
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, ESPN, Rivals)
  • State rank: 24 (Rivals), 29 (247Sports)
  • Position rank: 96 (247Sports)
  • More on Tyrin:

One of the top recruits in Maryland, Woodby was an early addition to the commitment list as he picked WVU back in April. Ranked as a top-100 safety in the country, WVU had to beat out offers from Pitt, Virginia Tech and Maryland to bring Woodby to Morgantown.

Lee Kpogba – LB

  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • Previous School: Syracuse/East Mississippi Community College
  • Caliber: 4 stars (Rivals), 3 stars (247Sports, ESPN)
  • State ranking (JUCO): 3 (247Sports)
  • Position ranking (JUCO): 2 (247Sports)
  • More on Lee:

A JUCO linebacker with Division-I playing experience – that’s what WVU is getting in Lee Kpogba. The Winston-Salem native comes to WVU after a successful season at East Mississippi Community College, the original site of the Netflix series “Last Chance U.” Kpogba was a four-star player out of high school, and played two seasons at Syracuse. He recorded 44 tackles and one sack for the Orange in 2020. For EMCC this season, he recorded 84 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception. Kpogba is familiar with the WVU program, having verbally committed to the Mountaineers in 2017, before signing his NLI with Syracuse. But he’s officially a member of the WVU football program now.

Maurice Hamilton – OL

  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 345 lbs
  • Hometown: Cleveland, OH
  • High school: Cleveland Heights High School
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, Rivals, and ESPN)
  • State ranking: 23 (247Sports, Rivals, and ESPN)
  • More on Maurice:

Run blocking is believed to be the strength of his game. Maurice committed to WVU in June, ahead of his senior season at Cleveland Heights. He chose WVU over offers from Bowling Green, Iowa State, Marshall and Purdue. ESPN rates him as the No. 35 offensive lineman in this year’s class.

Jarel Williams – WR

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 185 lbs
  • Hometown: Saraland, Alabama
  • High school: Saraland High School
  • Caliber: 4 stars (ESPN), 3 stars (247Sports, Rivals)
  • State ranking: 17 (Rivals), 18 (ESPN), 41 (247Sports)
  • More on Jarel:

Played in the 2021 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game after logging 60 catches for 883 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2021. Helped lead Saraland to a 10-3 record, but fell in the state quarterfinals. Returned a kickoff for 95 yards this season. Also plays hoops, and lived in Germany as a child.

Corbin Page – TE

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 243 lbs
  • Hometown: Huntington, West Virginia
  • High school: Spring Valley High School
  • Caliber: 3 stars (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports)
  • State ranking: 1 (ESPN, 247Sports)
  • Position ranking: 20 (ESPN), 22 (247Sports), 28 (Rivals)
  • More on Corbin:

Neal Brown lands the top recruit in the Mountain State for the second straight year. Was named First Team All-State on the defensive line in 2021, but comes to WVU to play offense. Committed to West Virginia on Dec. 26, 2020, marking the first addition to Brown’s 2022 class. Will line up alongside former tackle Wyatt Milum, his former high school teammate and the top-ranked recruit in the 2021 class out of West Virginia.

Jacolby Spells – CB

  • Height: 6-0
  • Weight: 170 lbs
  • Hometown: Miami, Florida
  • High school: American Heritage High School
  • Caliber: 4 stars (247Sports, ESPN), 3 stars (Rivals)
  • State ranking: 16 (ESPN), 20 (247Sports), 99 (Rivals)
  • Position ranking: 14 (ESPN), 24 (247Sports), 67 (Rivals)
  • More on Jacolby:

Speedy cornerback who runs track, once clocked a 10.79 in the 100 meters. Started as a receiver, and made 25 receptions with four touchdowns as a sophomore. Combined to lead American Heritage to a 17-6 record in his junior and senior years. Made 21 tackles as a senior and added 103 kick return yards in 2021. Turned down offers from Oklaohoma, Penn State, Texas A&M, LSU, Florida and Cincinnati, among others.

Nicco Marchiol – QB

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 210
  • Hometown: Chandler, Arizona
  • High school: Hamilton High School
  • Caliber: 4 stars (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN)
  • State rank (PA): 3 (247Sports), 4 (Rivals), 3 (ESPN)
  • Position rank: 10 (ESPN), 17 (Rivals), 20 (247Sports)
  • More on Nicco:

Recently named Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year, and MaxPreps Arizona Player of the Year. Marchiol is also rated as the No. 217 overall player in the country in the ESPN 300 list. Marchiol had a slewPower 5 offers from the likes of Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, TCU and others, but ultimately chose to join WVU. The Arizona native threw for 2,429 yards and 35 touchdowns this season.

Raleigh Collins III – LB

  • Height: 6-3
  • Weight: 190
  • Hometown: Newark, Delaware
  • High school: Neumann Goretti High School (PA)
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN)
  • State rank (PA): 18 (247Sports), 19 (Rivals), 22 (ESPN)
  • Position rank: 43 (Rivals), 65 (247Sports), 73 (ESPN)
  • More on Raleigh:

Has deep West Virginia ties as both parents hail from the Mountain State. Earned All-Catholic League First Team honors as he helped lead Neumann Goretti to a 13-2 season with an undefeated record in the conference. Earned scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and Ole Miss, among others.

Mumu Bin-Wahad – CB

  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 180 lbs
  • Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
  • High school: Grayson High School
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN)
  • State rank: 69 (ESPN), 70 (Rivals), 87 (247Sports)
  • Position rank: 41 (ESPN), 65 (Rivals), 70 (247Sports)
  • More on Mumu:

Originally committed to Cincinnati, but decommitted and picked West Virginia. Won the Georgia 7A state title as a junior in 2020, but fell in the state semifinals as a senior. Led the Rams with three interceptions, while also logging 40 total tackles and six pass break-ups. Manned the kick return duties for Grayson, notching 205 kick return yards in 2021. Also offered by Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska, Penn State, Mississippi State, TCU and more.

Christion Stokes – S

  • Height: 6-1
  • Weight: 195
  • Hometown: Harper Woods, Michigan
  • High school: Harper Woods High School
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN)
  • State rank: 12 (Rivals), 13 (247Sports, ESPN)
  • Position rank: 30 (247Sports), 37 (Rivals), 56 (ESPN)
  • More on Christion:

Was selected in the Top 10 in Michigan’s Mr. Football contest and earned All-State First Team honors as a running back and safety. Also played cornerback, linebacker and quarterback during his high school career to demonstrate versatility, but is projected to play safety for the Mountaineers. Received offers from Cincinnati, Penn State, Minnesota, Syracuse, Iowa and at least 15 others.

Charlie Katarincic – OL

  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 285 lbs
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • High school: Choate Rosemary School (CT)
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN)
  • State rank (CT): 4 (Rivals), 6 (247Sports) 8 (ESPN)
  • Position rank: 91 (247Sports), 100 (ESPN)
  • More on Charlie:

Committed to WVU over Columbia, Dartmouth and UPenn, as the Mountaineers were the only Power Five school to offer him. Played both tackle and guard in high school, but did not play during his junior season due to COVID-19. Earned All-Founders Football Conference First Team honors as a senior on offense.

Travious Lathan – LB

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Hometown: Homestead, Florida
  • High school: Gulliver Prep High School
  • Caliber: 4 stars (ESPN), 3 stars (247Sports, Rivals)
  • State rank: 37 (ESPN), 53 (247Sports), 91 (Rivals)
  • Position rank: 25 (ESPN), 39 (247Sports), 44 (Rivals)
  • More on Trey:

Picked West Virginia over Pitt, Michigan, Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Penn State, Florida State and Miami, among others. Also played offense as a senior and scored two touchdowns. Helped lead Gulliver Prep to a 9-2 finish and a trip to the 4A state regional final in 2021. Four-year starter for the Raiders.

Landen Livingston – OL

  • Height: 6-4
  • Weight: 290 lbs
  • Hometown: Leo, Indiana
  • High school: Leo High School
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN)
  • State rank: 13 (247Sports), 14, (ESPN), 17 (Rivals)
  • Position rank: 28 (247Sports), 29 (ESPN), 37 (Rivals)
  • More on Landen:

Committed to West Virginia in June, snubbing offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Iowa and Minnesota, among others. Earned All-Area honors from Outside the Huddle in his senior season, as well as the top ranking in the outlet’s First 11 all-conference players.

Oliver Straw – K/P

  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
  • Last school: Mentone Grammar School
  • Caliber: 3 stars (247Sports)
  • AUS rank: 2 (247Sports)
  • Position rank: 3 (247Sports
  • More on Oliver:

Trained with ProKick Australia, which has produced five Ray Guy Award winners and 17 All-Americans. Coincidentally, former WVU punter Josh Growden is a coach at ProKick. Holds dual citizenship in both the US and Australia, and similarly, can kick with either foot in spirals or end-over-end.

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