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Wide receivers highlight WVU's Class of '14

| Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 11:09 p.m.
Sidney Davis | Tribune-Review
Gateway receiver Ricky Rogers (right)

Highly regarded Miami Coral Reef wide receiver Jacob McCrary planned to attend Florida State and Clemson before recently committing to West Virginia. For McCrary, a four-star recruit, WVU was the right fit.

“Number one, he has the opportunity to come in and play as a freshman at West Virginia,” Coral Reef coach Chevas Clements said. “Plus, he has a former teammate who goes there.”

WVU redshirt freshman cornerback Vernon Davis also attended Coral Reef.

“I think it was more Vernon, and he had the opportunity to play right away,” Clements said of McCrary selecting the Mountaineers.

McCrary headlines WVU's 2014 commitments. Other recruits include Niles (Ohio) tackle Josh Krok, Baltimore Dunbar quarterback William Crest, Morgantown (W.Va.) High tackle Amanii Brown and two more receivers from South Florida, Lamar Parker of Miami's Booker T. Washington and Miami Jackson's Javon Durante.

Gateway wide receiver Ricky Rogers, who committed in December, was the first of WVU's 2014 commitments.

McCrary committed to Florida State last July over Clemson and Florida, but he decommitted a month ago. He also considered Ohio State, Miami, Clemson and Notre Dame, among others. He felt more comfortable with the Mountaineers, who had two players with South Florida roots selected among the first three rounds in the 2013 NFL Draft (quarterback Geno Smith and wide receiver Stedman Bailey, who were high school teammates).

“He could go anywhere in the country,” Clements said. “But he likes how West Virginia treats out-of-state kids with value and respect.”

Asked if McCrary, who has already changed his mind regarding his college choice, will sign with WVU, Clements replied, “He said he's done with recruiting. He just wants to concentrate on school and football.”

Krok is a massive offensive lineman (6-foot-8, 308 pounds) who selected the Mountaineers over Louisville and Cincinnati.

“All the big schools would have been in on Josh his senior year,” Niles coach Brian Shaner said. “He turned down visits to schools in the SEC and a couple in the Big Ten. He fell in love with West Virginia. He really liked the proximity with it being a little over two hours away. I think that was a big selling point, being so close to Niles.”

Morgantown coach John Bowers said Brown's strength is his versatility. He's capable of playing every offensive line position and can also fill in as an emergency long snapper.

“By the time he steps on the field at West Virginia, he will have handled the ball at center, played guard and he plays tackle,” Bowers said.

Crest, rated a four-star recruit by, attended the same school as former WVU wide receiver Tavon Austin, who was selected No. 8 overall in the recent NFL Draft. Crest is the highest-rated quarterback under WVU coach Dana Holgorsen. Crest also was recruited by Ohio State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Rutgers.

John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @jharris_Trib.

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