Mountaineers’ Neal Brown Winning On Recruiting Trail

Brown Winning on Recruiting Trail
West Virginia first year head coach Neal Brown at the Mountaineers Spring Practice. (Photo courtesy

Head Coach Neal Brown took over the West Virginia football team in January, already several months behind on the 2020 recruiting cycle.  As we wrote previously, Brown did a remarkable job holding serve on the 2019 class.  Since then, he has added a few pieces to that class, including former five-star receiver George Campbell from Florida State and four-star transfer Austin Kendall from Oklahoma.  While Brown has faced some attrition to the transfer market, the negative reaction to the same has been overblown.  In the meantime, the Mountaineers’ Brown has been winning on the recruiting trail. In just six months, he has built an impressive start to the 2020 class.

Mountaineers’ Neal Brown Winning On Recruiting Trail

The Family Approach

As we expect to cover in more detail in a future article, Coach Brown has made clear that he focuses on family, faith, and football.  He is building a team, and he is willing to share his efforts with fans, recruits, families, and the media.  His tweets certainly offer a substantial look at his personal style and values.

He attends youth development camps and recruiting camps.  And by all accounts, he is heavily involved in all of them.  In fact, he even spent time enjoying the game with local youth at a recent event.

Recruits have been responding extremely well.  Take, for example, this tweet from defensive line prospect Quay Mays.

The Current Breakdown

Based on the relationships Brown and his staff have built in such a short period, he has already formed an impressive nucleus.  As of today, Brown has assembled the following recruits (not including blue shirts).

Player Position State Rivals 247Sports* ESPN
Zach Frazier DT WV 3 3 3
Jairo Faverus CB UK 3 3 3
David Vincent-Okoli CB MD 3 4 3
Lanell Carr DE/LB MO 3 3 3
S.L. McCall LB IA 2
Devell Washington WR MI 3 3 3
Garrett Greene QB FL 4 3 3
Reese Smith WR KY 3 3 3
Chris Mayo OL NJ 4 3 4
Jacob Gamble OL OH 3

*The 247Sports ranking is the service’s specific ranking, not their composite ranking.

Winning on the Recruiting Trail

Brown’s approach is gaining traction among fans, current players, and recruits.  The early results support this.  Brown has worked tirelessly to sell the West Virginia brand. And he has done so by embracing the blue-collar work ethic for which Mountaineers are known.

So while there is still plenty of work to be done, Brown has been winning on the recruiting trail so far.



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