West Virginia continued their recruiting scorching streak with the addition of Rivals250 defensive finish James Heard. The Camden, N.J. star had been leaning in direction of the Mountaineers for a while.
“I dedicated to West Virginia as a result of it matches me as a defensive participant,” Heard stated. “Their scheme with me having the ability to move rush and typically drop into protection is one thing I do know I can do. I am planning on bringing that to the following stage. I imagine in coach Lesley and the way he performs the defensive recreation. I really like every thing about it right here.
“I actually near all people on the employees,” he stated. “Coach Scott, the operating backs coach, coach Lesley, and coach Brown, all of us discuss ceaselessly. It is like a household factor over right here.
“We (Josiah Trotter, Richard “Wink” James, and Heard) talked about this for months,” stated Heard. “All of us form of knew that it was going to come back all the way down to us reuniting at West Virginia. It undoubtedly performed an element, having the ability to are available with a few of the gamers I am coming in with and with Wink coming within the subsequent yr. I believe it performed an enormous half in realizing that you will have acquainted faces on the crew.
“I used to be form of on the within of (Rodney Gallagher’s dedication),” he stated. “I truly thought he was going to finish up doing it later however he felt comfy with doing it now and making an enormous announcement final week. I am glad to have the ability to make this announcement this week. I do know we’re attempting to get the defensive lineman Justin Benton and the offensive lineman Layth Ghannam.”
Heard is an enormous time move rusher that ought to assist in the West Virginia protection early in his profession. He is not the largest defensive finish however he is not small both so he’ll have to bodily mature earlier than seeing vital enjoying time. Heard is now the third four-star commit for West Virginia’s 2023 class and, together with Rodney Gallagher, their second Rivals250 prospect thus far.