The Mountaineers were able to address a big-time need on the offensive line. WVU lands a pair of JUCO lineman recruits who happen to be brothers.
Mike Brown is a 6-foot-5, 335 pound lineman who can play tackle or guard. He has three years to play two at West Virginia University. West Virginia was able to flip the Kansas commitment from Eastern Arizona Junior College.
At the same time Mike committed, the Mountaineers were able to get a commitment from his brother Joe. Older brother Joe has one year of eligibility left, but is aiming to get a second year reinstated by the NCAA.
BREAKING: #WVU has landed two commitments in offensive line brothers Mike Brown (@Iam_MikeBrown) and Joe Brown (@iam_joebrown). Details and quotes here: https://t.co/m6XElS0agF pic.twitter.com/VGAH0Dpvzp
— WVSports.com (@WVSportsDotCom) January 30, 2018
This puts West Virginia up to 25 commitments in this class, which includes five offensive lineman. Rivals ranks the class 24th nationally.
Just nine days ago Mike Brown committed to Kansas. During a visit to West Virginia by both brothers this weekend he changed his mind. Texas also expressed late interest as they were trying to fill in their recruiting class late. He also received offers from Oregon State, Fresno State, Nevada and New Mexico.
Joe Brown has had a very interesting route to Morgantown. As a redshirt freshman he started three games for the Miami Hurricanes. After the season he announced he was transferring to BYU. Instead he eventually began taking classes at Eastern Arizona Junior College.
“I felt like given the time period I have left to play football at this level the best decision for me would be to go to West Virginia because I believe they can help me develop into the player I need to be,” Joe Brown said to WVSports.com.
Obviously Joe Brown is a talented offensive lineman as he was able to get some starts at the University of Miami as a redshirt freshman.
Welcome to the Mountaineer family, brothers.