National Signing Day came and went with WVU improving their roster, while also missing out on a few game changers.
Things kicked off early as 3-star safety Marlon Character Jr chose Louisville over the Mountaineers in a tweet sent out at 8:35 this morning. Character Jr was the No. 1 Junior College safety in the country.
Right after that the Mountaineers bolstered their Offensive Lineman depth as both Joe and Michael Brown officially signed their letters of intent, with the Mountaineers. They played this season at Eastern Arizona Junior College. They verbally committed earlier this month.
Then it was time for WVU’s biggest recruit of the day, 4-star defensive lineman, Independence Community College star Emmit Gooden. Gooden broadcasted his commitment via Periscope and on the table was only a WVU hat, making fans think that he chose to play in Morgantown. Then right as he made his decision he pulled a Tennessee hat from under the table and officially signed with the Volunteers. I’m sure WVU Coach Dana Holgorsen will remember that, when Gooden is on the opposite sideline for WVU vs Tennessee opening weekend this year.
There were a few other signings such as, Punter Angus Davies, Defensive Back Jayce Rogers, Linebacker Tavis Lee and Defensive Back Taymon Cooke. They have been declared “Blueshirts” which means they are on scholarship but do not have immediate illegibility for various reasons.
That brings the official 2018 WVU recruiting class to 22, with two 4-star recruits and twenty 3-star recruits. WVU ranks 5th in the Big 12 in recruiting as teams such as Texas and Oklahoma both had Top-10 recruiting classes in the country.
Holgorsen should be satisfied with this years class, especially because of the commitments of Dante Stills and Kwantel Rains, both of whom should see playing time this upcoming season. He potentially could have found the Quarterback of the future in Dual-Threat QB Woodrow Lowe, who could potentially play football and baseball for the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers have lacked depth at Wide Receiver over the years and the commitments of Dillon Spalding, Sam James, Bryce Wheaton among others should help with that.
So another year went by with the Mountaineers not being able to sign any of the coveted 5-star recruits. Most of them went to the usual places (Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, etc), but Holgorsen should be happy knowing he may have found at least one diamond in the rough that may see the field in September.
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