2017-07-05 / Sports

Chip Shots

by Jim Buzzerd
A pair of receivers

We’ve talked about football players transferring to the West Virginia University football program lately, but this week there is news on a pair of high school receivers who committed to play football at WVU last week beginning with 2018 season. Bryce Wheaton and Ralph Davis are not the hottest prospects nationally, but both are rated three stars (out of five) by Rivals and had offers from other Power Five schools.

So maybe Davis, from Houston, and Wheaton, from Holly Springs, NC, aren’t household names to you or me, long time followers of West Virginia football will recognize family members who preceded them to Morgantown.

Wheaton is a big receiver at 6-3, 190 and is the grandson of former WVU great Garrett Ford, and by default, the nephew of former Mountaineer Garrett Ford, Jr.

“It was a dream come true to be able to actually play for a school I grew up rooting for,” Wheaton said about his choice. “And to be a third-generation Mountaineer means a lot to me.”

Wheaton grew up in Martinsburg and spent a lot of time around the program during the Steve Slaton and Pat White days at WVU. He returned earlier this month for his first visit as a recruit and was blown away, further cementing his decision.

“I knew what to expect but, somehow, I was still impressed, especially after meeting all the coaches,” he said. “Things went great.”

Davis is a 6-0, 170 burner type receiver who is a cousin of the late Chris Henry who starred at WVU in 2003-2004 and then the Cincinnati Bengals in the NFL.

As school ended and summer allowed Davis to make visits, the Rivals three-star recruit made his way to Morgantown to check out the campus and meet the coaching staff. Once he connected with the rest of the staff like he had lead recruiter and future position coach Tyron Carrier, Davis felt comfortable making his intentions public.

“It’s my dream school and my family attended school there,” said Davis. “And I feel like I’m a great fit to the West Virginia receiving corps.”

Again, Davis and Wheaton aren’t the highest profile recruits on a national level, but Davis had an offer from SEC member Mississippi and others while Louisville and Missouri offered Wheaton, so it’s not like they are chopped liver. Personally, these are the type of recruits I really like, kids that grew up wanting to play for WVU and who are good enough to make it happen.

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