WVU recruiting: Versatile JC tight end considering Mountaineers
As 2014 recruiting hits the homestretch, West Virginia coaches are searching for elite playmakers to help revitalize the Mountaineer offense next season.
While wideouts Lamar Parker, Jacob McCrary and Ricky Rogers have the potential to do that, Dana Holgorsen and company have identified a different type of receiving threat - tight end Darrion Hutcherson of Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College.
"They want me to put my hand down on the line, be in the backfield, be split out wide," said the 6-foot-7, 260-pound prospect. "They want me to give defensive coordinators nightmares, matching up against corners, linebackers and safeties."
According to Copiah-Lincoln coach Glenn Davis, that's exactly something he can see happening for Hutcherson at the next level.
"I think his upside is really good because he only played tight end one year," Davis said. "He was a defensive end his first year and a flex wideout in high school. He's only going to get better. Everyone in the country is going to wish they had gotten in on him if they didn't."
Of course, many schools are well aware of what Hutcherson - who signed with Auburn out of high school - is capable of doing. West Virginia was the first program to offer, but Arkansas, Mississippi State, TCU and many more have since followed suit.
Next weekend, the three-star recruit will officially visit TCU, and he has plans to do the same for Mississippi State in January. The only trip he's taken so far was to Morgantown for the Mountaineers game against Texas.
"They showed a lot of love when I was up there," said Hutcherson, still raving about the trip four weeks later. "I had a good time and it's a good program. They had everything you'd expect out of a school like West Virginia."
Aiding West Virginia's efforts is the fact that two of Hutcherson's teammates could be playing alongside him next year. Stone Underwood is an offensive lineman who signed with West Virginia in 2013 and redshirted this season, while linebacker Edward Muldrow has already given his verbal commitment as part of the 2014 class.
In the end, though, it won't be the teammates or the atmosphere or the potential on offense that draws Hutcherson to WVU. If the highly regarded tight end does pick West Virginia, it will be due to the coaching staff.
"I really have a lot of respect for the coaches," he said. "Most coaches just showed up, tried to recruit me and told me to commit or else they were going to take someone else. [West Virginia] keeps in touch daily, gives me good advice and just talks with me. They're like father figures. I respect that."
Not so coincidentally, a cavalcade of Mountaineer coaches is expected in Mississippi this week.
"Coach Holgorsen is coming down this week with [running backs] Coach [JaJuan] Seider and [cornerbacks] Coach [Brian] Mitchell," Hutcherson said. "It's mainly just to check up with them and talk about my season and my plans. They're just coming to check on me."
Unlike some instances where recruits have pages worth of questions and/or concerns, Hutcherson says there is nothing more he needs to know with West Virginia.
"I don't have anything specific to ask," he said. "I have no worries about WVU."
Chris Anderson covers West Virginia and recruiting for Eersports.com via 247sports.com.