Class of 2016 four-star wide receiver Steven Smothers, out of Maryland’s Reisterstown High School, near Baltimore, has committed to the West Virginia Mountaineers. Smothers announced his decision on his personal Twitter page, and it was also reported by Craig Mayer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Built for the slot at 5-foot-9, 151 pounds, Smothers should stay in that type role on offense over the next year unless he suddenly has a major growth spurt. On top of West Virginia, Smothers had received offers from over two dozen schools including Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Florida State, Miami and many others.
Smothers will instead head to a WVU team that has gone 28-23 in four seasons under Dana Holgorsen and ranked 11th in the nation in passing offense last season. The Mountaineers will likely have junior Skyler Howard under center since Clint Trickett graduated, but he knows Holgorsen’s system well enough and should be able to pick up right where Trickett left off.
Come 2016, giving him another talented target in Smothers will only help the team move forward even more.
West Virginia opens the season at home against the Sun Belt’s Georgia Southern Eagles on September 5.
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