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Neal Brown Picks Up His First West Virginia Commitment from Kentucky


It has not taken long for Neal Brown to make waves on the recruiting front.

Two months after the Danville native was hired to be the head coach at West Virginia, Brown has received a commitment from a Boyle County star.  Three-star wide receiver Reese Smith announced he will be a Mountaineer.

Ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 8 prospect from the state of Kentucky in the 2020 class, Smith helped lead Boyle County to a 3A State Championship in 2017.

Brown’s first commitment as West Virginia’s head coach was also being recruited by Dean Hood at the University of Kentucky.  The two schools are also recruiting Smith’s teammate, running back Landen Bartleson.

Neal Brown won the first recruiting battle on his home turf.  Those battles will only become more intense as Brown, Jeff Brohm and Scott Satterfield crowd the Commonwealth’s recruiting ranks.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

19 Comments for Neal Brown Picks Up His First West Virginia Commitment from Kentucky

  1. weneedpitino
    11:51 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

    No biggy, with Stoops in control we will be fine. We will have a top 5 recruiting class in the next few years. I also predict at least an 11 win season next year, or possibly undefeated. The football Gods are on our side. Football school from here on out.

  2. StuckinLville
    11:52 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

    I had a feeling he was going through get this kid. That sucks.

    • mashburnfan1
      4:05 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

      A WR, not surprised. Why would a good wr want to come to UK until we show we are going to throw the ball down the field. Is why we missed out on the top wr recruits we went after.

  3. weneedpitino
    11:58 am March 4, 2019 Permalink

    No worries TruckinLville, Stoops has got this.

  4. For those who were asking on the Show Thread, I’m okay! The tornado(s) that unfortunately hit Bama were about 45 minutes to an hour east of where I live in Montgomery.

    Prayers for all those affected.

  5. Headhurts
    1:57 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

    Good luck kid, hope u like John Denver songs, Fart, yawn.

  6. notFromhere
    1:58 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

    Gonna lose some. Gonna win some. It’s just life. If WV is “home,” why would we expect the kid to go to UK? We want the kids that want to be here.

    Wouldn’t have won 10 games without losing quite a few kids to other schools before and after signing days.

    • notFromhere
      2:03 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

      It’s not even a “loss” for us, or a “win” for them. Seeing it that way is objectifying the kids being recruited. They’re not meat. They decided a long time ago where they wanted to go. It’s just now that we and they are finding out what they decided

  7. Cole28
    2:14 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

    I mean, Neal and Reese are both from Danville. That’s always going to be tough to compete against. I’m also sure it probably doesn’t help that his father, Chuck – the Boyle county head coach, was canned by UK as middle LB coach a few years back (before eventually landing right back in the same gig at Boyle where he was right before taking the LB job at UK). Reckon Chuck has hard feelings, or Reese just wanted something different?

    At any rate, this is very early on, and its a verbal commitment. If the UK staff really wants this kid, they wont stop recruiting him until he signs.

  8. davisfeathers
    2:51 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

    100% not related to Chuck

  9. kjd
    4:34 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

    Where else would a wide receiver from KY go? Just about any place with a QB and a coach that will throw it.

  10. truebluefootballfan
    4:55 pm March 4, 2019 Permalink

    We wouldn’t have won close to ten games if we’d thrown more. Anyone that thinks different is kidding themselves with all the drops we had. If we had more than one receiver that could consistently catch the ball and that wasn’t 6ft or under then we’d take more shots down the field. This kid isn’t gonna be that guy for us so no loss. We’re fine at slot for a while… We need BIG receivers with GOOD hands, until they come or can be developed from what we got, power football it is.