By Keenan Cummings
MORGANTOWN — The state of West Virginia continues to churn out high-level football prospects lately.
Yes, you read that first sentence correctly.
A state long known to be lacking in that department has become a mini-hotbed of talent, with seven prospects earning Power 5 offers from a long list of schools.
The current class features the nation’s No. 2 prospect in consensus five-star offensive tackle Darnell Wright, from Huntington High, while six others hold Power 5 offers already. Beyond that, there is a list of several others who hold Division I offers inside the Mountain State.
That has only continued the run that began in the 2017 class, when seven players signed with Power 5 programs, and last year, when Fairmont Senior defensive end Dante Stills climbed the rankings.
This isn’t just a three-year window either.
The class of 2020 now is represented by another Fairmont Senior product. Defensive lineman Zach Frazier earned a scholarship offer from WVU on Saturday, after an impressive performance at a one-day camp.
Frazier, 6-foot-2 and 277 pounds, received word of the offer following the camp. The in-state prospect is no stranger to Morgantown. He made a number of visits to campus the last couple years. An admitted fan of the program, Frazier was obviously excited that the Mountaineers became the first school to offer him a scholarship.
Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and defensive line coach Bruce Tall are the coaches who have remained in contact with Frazier. He was able to work extensively with them during the camp. That was enough to secure the offer.
“They like that I’m a home-state guy,” Frazier said.
The defensive lineman is the third prospect at that position from Fairmont Senior to receive an offer from the Mountaineers since 2017 joining current WVU players and brothers Dante and Darius Stills.
It’s a new era in the Mountain State and the Mountaineers now don’t need to go as far to try to find some high-end division one talent within its borders.