West Virginia is off to a great start in South Florida in the 2015 recruiting cycle and if things keep going in the right direction, the Mountaineers might be in great shape to land another offensive prospect from the region. Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic wide receiver Steven Claude already has an offer from West Virginia, and said it continues to be the school coming after him the hardest.
"They like how I can catch the ball in space or catch balls in small windows and take it the distance," Claude said. "They like my hands and my speed and they're really telling me I can be a part of something special."
Claude is a member of the South Florida Express 7-on-7 team, historically one of the best teams in the country. He said that with several of his teammates already committed, he could see himself taking the same approach.
"It's a dream for all of us to play on one team in the future because we have a bond now at South Florida Express," he said. "We have the best of the best and we'd like to be the best of the best at a college as well."
He added that Express teammates and WVU commits Kahlil Lewis and Kendrell McFadden are doing a pretty good job of recruiting on behalf of the Mountaineers already.
"They're trying to persuade me to commit," he said. "We're all boys so it's something to think about."
After visiting Duke during the season Claude called the Blue Devils his leader. He's since backed off that stance but is still high on the program.
"I went up there and watched them beat Miami and that really opened my eyes," he said. "If they can beat Miami then who knows what else they can do in the future. Now, Coach Montgomery is the new offensive coordinator and he wants to get me up there soon. He said I can come in and take the place of Jamison Crowder because he thinks I can be a big-time playmaker just like him."