On Thursday the Mountaineers got some great news as they were able to add two huge commits to the 2019 class. These happen to be two of their biggest recruits thus far.
Safety Tykee Smith chooses WVU
First WVU was able to get safety Tykee Smith. He chose West Virginia over other finalists such as Baylor, North Carolina and Rutgers. 247Sports has Smith ranked as the No. 36 safety in the country. In the last few months he had made multiple visits to Morgantown. He was seen at the 7-on-7 tournament in July hanging out with players on the current roster and conversing with the coaching staff.
BREAKING: 4-star DB Tykee Smith has committed to #WestVirginia.
“It felt like home.”
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— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) August 23, 2018
“I like everything about it. It felt like home when I went there,” Smith said while discussing his decision. “I knew when I was there that it was the place. I like the way things are there. The first time I visited there, I got a good vibe.”
Smith attended Philadelphia powerhouse Imhotep Institute. WVU safeties coach Matt Caponi and defensive coordinator Tony Gibson thought very highly of Smith and even compared him to former Mountaineer Karl Joseph. This was based on his size, build and tape.
Running back Tony Mathis commits to WVU
Only a few short hours later running back Tony Mathis committed to WVU. He is out of Cedartown, Georgia. His final decision came down to either West Virginia or Louisville. The three-star recruit had received 17 offers before he made his decision.
— Chad Simmons (@ChadSimmons_) August 23, 2018
The lead recruiter in charge of getting Mathis to sign was cornerbacks coach Doug Belk. Running backs coach Marquel Blackwell also spent plenty of time with him during the process.
After getting these two recruits to sign it lifts West Virginia from 50th to 44th in the 247 Sports ranking, leaping over conference foe Oklahoma State.