The Times West Virginian

February 6, 2013

WVU signs football recruits


Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University on Wednesday has announced the following football recruits as of 12:45 p.m.:

Hodari (Ha-DAR-ee) Christian

LB, 6-1, 195, McKeesport, Pa./McKeesport HS – enrolled

2012 Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 4A All-State linebacker … 2012 Coaches/Pennsylvania Football News Class 4A All-State Second Team linebacker … two year two-way starter at linebacker and running back … recorded 57 tackles, including 43 solo tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries in nine games as a senior … also rushed for 546 yards, averaging 5.87 yards per carry with three touchdowns … No. 19 on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Top 25 Pennsylvania football players … named to the 2012 Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 … member of the 2012 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 … four-star recruit according to ESPN … three-star recruit according to rivals, Scout and 247sports … also offered by Illinois, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers and Temple.



Malik Greaves (Greeves)

S, 6-3, 200, Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood HS – enrolled

Named to the 2012 Florida Times-Union Super 24 … collected eight interceptions for his career and returned two of them for touchdowns … ranked No. 9 on the Orlando Sentinel’s North Florida Super60 … four-star recruit according to ESPN … three-star recruit according to rivals, Scout and 247sports … runs a 4.48 40-yard dash … lettered in basketball and track … also offered by Auburn, Duke, North Carolina, Ole Miss, USF, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin.



Daikiel (Fa-KEEL) Shorts

WR, 6-1, 200, Clayton, N.J./Eastern Christian Academy – enrolled

Played in three games in 2012, recording 16 catches for 342 yards, an average of 21.4 yards per reception, and four touchdowns … caught seven passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns in 39-35 win over Strom Thurmond … hauled in seven receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 62-3 victory over Niagara Academy … had two catches for 35 yards against Archbishop Spalding … previously lettered for three seasons at Red Lion Christian Academy … finished with 45 catches for 530 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior … also had 40 tackles and one interception while playing cornerback and safety … three-star recruit according to ESPN, rivals, Scout and 247sports  … also offered by Boise State, Boston College, Hawaii, Maryland, NC State, Temple and UCLA.



Wendell (Wen-dell) Smallwood

RB, 5-11, 194, Wilmington, Del./Eastern Christian Academy – enrolled

Played in three games in 2012, rushing for more than 450 yards and scoring four touchdowns … averaged more than eight yards per carry … carried the ball 21 times for 154 yards in win over Strom Thurmond … rushed for 90 yards on nine carries in victory over Niagara Academy … had 220 yards, three touchdown runs and a 50-yard receiving touchdown against Archbishop Spalding … previously lettered for three seasons at Red Lion Christian Academy … as a junior, he finished with 1,200 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns … special teams most valuable player as a freshman, finishing with six touchdowns on returns … runs a 4.43 40-yard dash … three-star recruit according to ESPN, rivals, Scout and 247sports … also offered by Auburn, Boston College, Connecticut, Hawaii, Rutgers, Temple and Tennessee.



Chavas Rawlins

QB, 6-3, 190, Monessen, Pa./Monessen HS – enrolled

2012 Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class A All-State quarterback … 2012 Coaches/PFN Class A All-State Second Team athlete … four-year letter winner, leading the team to a combined 15-6 record in two seasons as quarterback … completed 71-of-165 passes for 1,382 yards and 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions in 11 games as a senior … also rushed for 613 yards and 12 touchdowns … finished 2011 season with 991 passing yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 725 yards and seven touchdowns … runs a 4.43 40-yard dash … No. 20 on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Top 25 Pennsylvania football players … named the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 … member of the 2012 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 …three-star recruit according to ESPN, rivals, Scout and 247sports … also offered by Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, USF, Tennessee and Virginia.



Dreamius Smith

RB, 5-10, 215, Wichita, Kan./Butler CC – enrolled

At Butler Community College, helping the team to a combined 22-2 record … won the 2011 NJCAA National Championship, while falling in the championship game in 2012 … finished the season with 984 yards on 120 carries and 17 touchdowns … averaged 89.5 rushing yards per game and 8.2 yards per carry … added 16 receptions for 179 receiving yards and two touchdowns … registered four games with more than 100 rushing yards and five multi-touchdown games … 2012 All-KJCCC First Team offense … helped team to a state championship as a senior at Wichita Heights High … named to the Kansas 6A All-State First Team by the Wichita Eagle … rushed 143 times for 1,837 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior … career numbers included 320 rushes for 3,288 yards and 54 scores … ran for 286 yards against Olathe North in the 2010 state championship game … four-star prospect on ESPN … three-star prospect according to rivals and 247sports … No. 2 junior college running back and No. 8 Kansas junior college recruit on 247sports … also offered by Boise State, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.



Kevin White

WR, 6-4, 210, Macungie, Pa./Lackawanna College – enrolled

Made 36 receptions, totaling 535 yards and six touchdowns in 2012 … averaged 14.9 yards per reception … attended Emmaus High, where he was All-Lehigh Valley Athletic Conference as a receiver and defensive back in 2009 … three-star prospect and No. 2 Pennsylvania junior college wide receiver on 247sports … three-star prospect by rivals and No. 56 on its postseason Top 100 … three-star prospect by Scout and ESPN … also offered by Texas Tech.



Al-Rasheed Benton

LB, 6-2, 220, Newark, N.J./Shabazz HS

Two-time New Jersey All-State Third Team Defense … helped team to a combined 19-13 record and an appearance in the 2012 New Jersey Central Group 2 Championship semifinals … finished 2012 with 110 tackles, 73 tackles for loss and two interceptions … rushed for 710 yards with 14 touchdowns on offense … recorded 105 tackles with seven sacks in 2011 … 2012 All-Group 2 First Team Defense … 2011 New Jersey All-Group 1 First Team Defense … four-star recruit according to ESPN and 247sports … three-star recruit according to rivals and Scout … 2013 ESPN No. 16 inside linebacker … 2013 ESPN No. 12 New Jersey recruit …  2013 247sports No. 11 New Jersey recruit … also offered by Arizona State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and Temple.



Elijah Wellman

RB, 6-2, 235, Huntington, W.Va./Spring Valley

Won the Sam Huff Award as the top defensive player of the year by the state’s sportwriters’ association … two-time 3A all-state first team selection by the West Virginia Sportswriters’ Association, including being named defensive captain as a senior … finished with 1,676 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns … also had 124 tackles, including two sacks, 11 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception he returned for a touchdown … helped Spring Valley finish 7-4 and advance to the first round of the state playoffs … As a junior helped lead Highlanders to an 8-4 record, advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 3A state playoffs and finish with a final No. 10 state ranking … finished with 151 tackles, including 24 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four interceptions and six forced fumbles as a junior … helped Spring Valley advance to the first round of the state playoffs … had 139 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss, five sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles as a sophomore … played for the South team in the 2012 Chesapeake Bowl, featuring senior standouts from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia …2012 Class 3A All-State First Team in baseball … also offered by Bowling Green and Ohio.



Jeremy Tyler

S, 6-0, 195, Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King HS

Class 5-A all-state and all-region selection, as well as all-area and all-region as a senior … helped team to an 11-1 overall record, a 9-0 mark in the region and the second round of the state playoffs … played on a defensive unit that allowed 7.7 points a game during the regular season … collected 33 tackles, three tackles for loss, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries … collected five interceptions as a junior … three-star rating from ESPN, rivals, MaxPreps and Scout … ESPN ranks him No. 53 nationally at his position and No. 103 overall in Georgia … has played quarterback, linebacker and every position in the secondary, while at Martin Luther King … played in the Georgia All-Star game and finished with three tackles and an interception … also offered by Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.



Grant Lingafelter

OL, 6-5, 265, Chagrin Falls, Ohio/Chagrin Falls HS

Member of the Associated Press All-Ohio Division III Third Team in 2012 … helped team to a combined 37-5 record during those seasons, including three Chagrin Valley League championships, one appearance in the state championship, one appearance in the state semifinals and one appearance in the state regional finals … led an offensive line that paved the way for an average of 189.7 rushing yards per game, 5.3 yards per carry and also finished with 36 rushing touchdowns in 2012 … helped the 2011 squad to an average of 197.2 rushing yards per game, 5.1 yard per carry and 33 rushing touchdowns …  three-star recruit according to ESPN, rivals, and 247sports … also offered by Cincinnati and Illinois.



Marcell Lazard

OL, 6-6, 293, Bloomfield N.J./Bloomfield HS

2012 New Jersey All-State Second Team Offense … 2012 All-Group 5 First Team Offense …  helped Bloomfield to a 9-3 overall record and an appearance in the New Jersey state championship game … three-star rating by rivals and Scout … position ranking of No. 33 nationally by rivals and No. 42 by Scout … ranked as the No. 3 best offensive lineman in New Jersey and No. 13 best recruit in the state by rivals … ESPN ranks him No. 33 nationally at his position and the No. 15-best prospect in his state …  also offered by Boston College, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina, Michigan and Virginia.



Mario Alford

WR, 5-9, 175, Greenville, Ga./Georgia Military College

Led the team in rushing with 541 yards on 52 carries with six touchdowns, averaging 10.4 yards per carry in 2012 … added eight receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns … recorded 33 carries for 226 rushing yards and four touchdowns in 2011 … caught 10 passes for 122 yards and one touchdown …  named all-state honorable mention quarterback at Greenville High (Ga.) … also a star on the track team, winning the 100-meter state championship in 10.77 … four-star recruit according to ESPN and 247sports … three-star recruit according to rivals and Scout …  247sports No. 1 junior college wide receiver … 247sports No. 11 junior college recruit … also offered by Arizona, Cincinnati, Kansas, Ole Miss and Texas Tech.

 

Daryl Worley

S, 6-2, 190, Philadelphia, Pa./William Penn Charter HS

All-Southeastern Pennsylvania First Team defensive back … two-time Penn Inter-Ac League First Team … earned first-team honors as a  receiver and defensive back as a senior and first team receiver accolades as a junior … rushed for 184 yards on 53 carries in 2012 … team’s leading receiver with 26 catches for 495 yards (he was the only player with more than seven receptions on the team) … scored six touchdowns and was second on the team in scoring with 36 points … also led the team in interceptions with three … \as a junior in 2011, he caught 10 passes for 171 yards and also added 247 yards rushing on 34 carries, averaging 7.3 yards per carry and 17.1 yards per reception while scoring four total touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving) … defensively, he tied for the team lead in interceptions, with three …also ran track in spring of 2012 with personal-best times of 11.14 in the 200, 22.01 in the 200 and 49.19 in the 400 and 7.3 in the 60-yard dash … three-star recruit by rivals, ESPN and Scout … Scout No. 33 safety nationally … also offered by Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse and Tennessee.



Dontrill Hyman, DE, 6-4, 265, Warsaw, N.C./Hinds CC

Led 2012 squad in sacks (7.5) and forced fumbles (3) … also recorded 51 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss … named to the 2011 NJCAA All-American Second Team in after registering 62 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and two forced fumbles … played both ways as a senior at Warsaw High, spending time on offense as a running back ... tallied 151 total tackles (11.6 tackles per game), including 105 solo stops, during final campaign ... also lettered in basketball … four-star recruit according to 247sports … three-star recruit according ESPN … 247sports No. 1 junior college strong-side defensive end … 247sports No. 10 Mississippi junior college recruit … also offered by LSU and Mississippi State.



Isaac McDonald, S, 6-5, 205, Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic HS

Two-year starter for coach Mike Tunsil at Champagnat Catholic High … two-time Miami Herald All-Dade County second-team linebacker … as a senior, he finished with  68 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and seven sacks … also had 331 yards receiving and five touchdowns … helped lead Champagnat to the first round of the state playoffs … as a junior, he finished with 75 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks and two interceptions … No. 151 on Florida Top 200 … No. 21 on Miami Herald’s Miami-Dade County Top 25 football recruits … three-star recruit by ESPN, rivals and scout and 247sports … played for Team USA U-19 … also offered by Clemson, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina and Stanford.





Stone Underwood, OL, 6-4, 285, Brookhaven, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln CC

Started all 12 games for Glenn Davis at Copiah-Lincoln CC in 2012 …  All-NJCAA Region 23 First Team …  All-Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges First Team … helped team to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Mississippi Bowl … anchored an offensive line that averaged 102.4 rushing yards per game … spent 2011 at Southeastern Louisiana … previously attended Brookhaven High … named one of the top 125 seniors in Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion Ledger … listed as one of the top 16 prospects by the Brookhaven Daily Leader … selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … named a first-team member on the MAC Class 5A and Region 3-5A MVP team … a member of the Daily Leader All-Lincoln County team … named Clarion Ledger All-State Second Team and Scout … two-star recruit according to 247sports … also offered by Massachusetts and Memphis.

Stone Underwood, OL, 6-4, 285, Brookhaven, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln CC

All-NJCAA Region 23 First Team …  All-Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges First Team … helped team to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Mississippi Bowl … spent 2011 at Southeastern Louisiana … previously attended Brookhaven High …selected to play in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game … named a first-team member on the MAC Class 5A and Region 3-5A MVP team … two-star recruit according to 247sports … also offered by Massachusetts and Memphis.

 

Isaac McDonald, S, 6-5, 205, Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic HS

As a senior, he finished with  68 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and seven sacks … also had 331 yards receiving and five touchdowns … helped lead Champagnat to the first round of the state playoffs … as a junior, he finished with 75 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks and two interceptions … three-star recruit by ESPN, rivals and scout and 247sports … also offered by Clemson, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina and Stanford.

 

d’Vante Henry, LB, 6-5, 205, Moore, Okla./Arizona Western College

Helped team to a combined 19-3 record, including a win in the El Toro Bowl in 2012 … led 2012 team in tackles (55), solo tackles (23) and assisted tackles (32) … also registered 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and three pass breakups … made 26 tackles with eight tackles for loss and four sacks in 2011 … previously attended Southmoore High, registering 65 tackles as a senior, including five sacks ... led Southmoore to a 10-3 mark as a junior ... also lined up as a receiver and running back on offense ... finished third at 2010 Oklahoma 6A Championships with a time of 49.34 in the 400 meters and was the anchor in the state champion 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams … three-star recruit according to rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247sports … also offered by Iowa State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Utah.

Brandon Golson, LB, 6-3, 220, Fork Union, Va./Georgia Military College

Played in only four games in 2012 due to injury, registering six tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries … recorded 24 tackles with five tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 2011 … named the Orangeburg Times & Democrat Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and was a first team all-area selection at Calhoun County High ... played just two seasons of football for coach Walt Wilson ... logged 113 tackles and 30 sacks with four forced fumbles, earning all-state honors as selected by The State ... helped Calhoun County to the state 1-A semifinals as a senior ... logged 78 tackles and 18 sacks in just six games as a junior ... three-star recruit according to rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247sports … also offered by Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State, South Carolina and Texas A&M.

 

 

Marvin Gross, DE, 6-4, 225, Baltimore, Md./Dunbar HS

First-team consensus all-state and small school all-state in Maryland … two-year sack total of 52 … collected 21 sacks, 75 total tackles, 42 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles as a senior … helped Dunbar to a 13-1 record in 2012, a 9-0 league mark and a state championship … member of three straight state championship teams at Dunbar … finished junior campaign with 70 tackles, 31 sacks … invited to play in the 2013 Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic … three-star ranking from rivals, Scout and Yahoo … also offered by Colorado, Purdue, Rutgers, Wake Forest and Washington.

 

Nick O’Toole, P, 6-5, 220, Corona, Calif./Fullerton College

Helping the team to a 7-4 record … ranked third in the California Community College Athletic Association with an average of 41.8 yards per punt … punted 49 times for 2,050 yards with 15 punts downed inside the 20 yard line … registered a long of 62 yards … named to the 2012 Southern California Football Association All-Conference First Team … two-year starter for national powerhouse Mater Dei High … recorded 37 punts for 1,427 yards with a long of 64 as a senior, including 19 inside the 20-yard line … knocked 42 punts for 1,377 yards in 2010 … 2011 All-Trinity League First Team Defense … ranked No. 7 punter in the nation by Chris Sailer Kicking.