Neal Brown first speaks about 2022 individual signatories


MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – As the class of 2022 signatories arrives on national signing day, West Virginia head coach Neal Brown met with the media Wednesday afternoon to talk about each signatory.

Below is a transcript of what Brown said about each individual. The signatories are listed in alphabetical order starting from the last name.

J̩r̩mie Aaron РWR:

As a child, he was really, really productive. He’s going to have the ability to play inside and outside. If you look at what he did for two years, playing for Scott Parr who was Navarra’s head coach, he’s now at Louisiana Tech. I love Jeremy. I like the skill set. I love that he was really productive, he was also a great perimeter blocker. He’s strong and he’s really good in the second leg. He was a punt returner, which is what we need, we need to improve.

Aric Burton – DL:

Aric is truly a development player. He was born in the United States, then went to Germany and just came back. He played his final year at Clearwater Academy. He’s long, really skinny right now, it’s going to be a two-year project for him to reach the weight. What really attracted us to him was his ability to cope with counting snaps. We need to assign more passes, but we didn’t. We haven’t created take out at the pace we need to create take out.

Lyn-J Dixon – RB:

Lyn-J has come to visit Troy. He was with Gunnar [Watson] at games, at camps, that sort of thing. So we had a pre-existing relationship. Obviously he was really successful and I think that speaks to Lyn-J really well too, it’s the Clemson people out there that there are several that I really trust and they all really were. positive. He’s productive, plus he’s the right kind of guy.

Maurice Hamilton – OL:

He’s a guy who can fold. I would say his ability to bend really pulled us towards him, he could come down and he was generating movement. He is really physical and we demand him. So his coach Mac Stevens played in the NFL for a long time, he has a tough football schedule there in Cleveland Heights. We got the feeling that Moe was going to be prepared.

Zeiqui Lawton – DL:

I thought it was important to bring in local talent, a guy who can really play, he changed his body. I think it really matches what we’re going to do on the inside defensive line. As for the position, will probably know by the end of the spring ball.

Landen Livingston – OL:

We think he could be a goalie or a center. He has great footballing intelligence. He plays in an attack where he shoots and traps. He’s really athletic on the speed he played basketball.

Nicco Marchiol – QB:

Her mother is from North Carolina, so they have family here on the east coast. He’s got a certain ‘that’ factor and I think he’s going to be a fan favorite guy from day one. He has charisma, I think he has strong leadership skills. He is a student of the game, he loves football. He was trained from a young age by his father, Ken, to be a Division I and hopefully an NFL quarterback. But when you go to watch him play, dual threaded, he’s left-handed. The ball comes out of his hand smoothly. He has a strong arm, he can run, he’s a physical runner. And he’s a great teammate. You think when you get to know these kids, “oh, yeah, good kids” but when you go to watch and you are able to watch and sit and he’s the first to congratulate his teammates when they score he meets the defense when they come off the field, so he’s talented but he also has those intangibles that you like. These are the things that really take someone who is truly talented and make them special.

Mar’Ques “Hershey” McLaurin – S:

He’s part of the team of all names, that’s for sure. He was quarterback in high school, injured his knee, misses all year. Excellent student, had several opportunities to play college football after graduating from high school. I chose to go to Jones County Community College, one of the best Junior College programs in the country. They put him to safety. He seems to be part of the game, he was here last weekend, big family. He’s long, every 6ft 2in, 200lb plus piece, we fully anticipate him to come and be able to compete.

Corbin Page – TE:

We felt like Corbin was the state’s best prospect this year. He really invested a lot of time and energy into changing his body. Around the same time a year ago, he was probably 30 to 40 pounds heavier. He spent the first three years of his high school career being a tight end online and really just blocking, and they threw occasional passes.

Sequoia Asani – DL:

He had 19.5 bags, that’s a lot of bags. So certainly humble person. He’s a guy who just scratches the surface. I mean, he has so much to learn. He reminds me of Akheem [Mesidor] in many different ways. I don’t put that [on him], Akheem came here with an All-American freshman, starting from two years old but a lot of the same qualities we saw in Akheem, I see Asani as well.

Oliver Straw – P:

He is from the ProKick organization. If you watch college football, most of the guys that come from Australia, or ProKick, do a great job of training the guys there. Oli, he’s unique, he can tap both feet. It can roll right, roll left. What Oli will give us is the opportunity to change our position on the pitch.

Sullivan Weidman – OL:

He’s tall, I think he can play any position, guard or tackle. Really strong guy, he stays on his feet.

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