The recruiting process has seen it share of ups and downs for Marysville (Ohio) senior Tyler Connolly. Tuesday, Connolly looked to put the process behind him and start the process of settling on his future home.

For Tyler Connolly a verbal pledge in May of 2018 to Akron put an end to the recruiting process early.

Related to former Akron and NFL player Chase Blackburn, Connolly knew more about the Akron program feeling comfortable giving Terry Bowden a pledge before hitting the summer camp circuit.

In early December, Bowden was fired as the Zips head coach leaving Connolly and his family wondering what would be next.

After learning the new Akron staff was not ready to accept any pledge on the offensive side of the ball prior to the early signing period, Connolly started the recruiting process all over again.

Many schools showed interest with heavy interest and offers from FCS programs and Division Two programs.

However, Connolly was looking to test his skill set at the highest level and Toledo came calling with an opportunity. After a visit with the Rockets, Connolly and his family thought they had finally put an end to the process.

However, last week, West Virginia came calling looking for the 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman to visit campus.

Following a visit over the weekend with Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown and his staff, Connolly made one final change with an announcement on Twitter.

What type of player are the Mountaineers getting?

A very under the radar prospect with a lot of upside as Connolly was also one of the top wrestlers in Ohio.

First Star Football Report caught Connolly in wrestling action during his junior year and here is some exclusive video from the mat. Connolly (white/red/blue) came up big in this match against a rival winning in 24 seconds.

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Dave Berk

Team publisher and recruiting analyst for Scout.com from 2002-2017. Founded Dave Berk Consulting (DaveBerkConsulting.com), a football recruiting consulting company focused on helping families through the recruiting process in 2016. Founded First Star Football Report in fall of 2018. Has appeared on national, regional and local television and radio including NFL Network, FOX Sports Radio, Sporting News Radio, 700 WLW, 980 WONE, WCPO CH9 and more. Provided recruiting analysis for FOX Sports Ohio weekly high school game of the week in Southwest Ohio area and was an analyst for the Time Warner Sports (Spectrum Sports) Ohio National Signing Day show.

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