Now that the WVU football season is officially over, seniors such as Al-Rasheed Benton, Ka’Raun and Kyzir White and others will leave voids that Coach Dana Holgorsen will have a hard time filling.
Luckily for Holgorsen, this has been the best recruiting year during his tenure, his two biggest recruits being in-state commit Dante Stills and stealing Kwantel Raines from Penn State. Here are four others that have a chance to play a serious role in WVU’s season next year.
- Charlie Benton- WVU’s often showed signs of weakness on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the secondary. Losing Kyzir White will make the secondary even thiner going into next season. The commitment of Butler Community College star Charlie Benton helps the Mountaineers, as the 6-4 safety plays a similar style to White.
- Joshua Norwood- WVU will also be losing both cornerbacks in Elijah Battle and Mike Daniels. Redshirt Sophomore and Freshman Hakeem Bailey and Sean Mahone are behind them on the depth chart but Junior College Transfer and former Ohio State Buckeye Joshua Norwood should be able to step in right away. Norwood was third on the team in tackles at North Mississippi Community College, with 71.
- Dillon Spalding- With Ka’Raun White graduating, the Mountaineer Offense is going to need someone to replace White’s 58 receptions, 958 yards and 11 touchdowns. True Freshman Dillon Spalding chose the Mountaineers over the Michigan Wolverines. The Mountaineers lacked depth at wide receiver throughout the season and it showed more and more as the year went on. It may not be Spalding as WVU recruiting several wideouts this recruiting cycle, but don’t be surprised if now Freshman Reggie Roberson Jr., Spalding and others help fill the void White has left.
- Leddie Brown- Losing Justin Crawford is a huge loss for WVU, as he has been a main fixture in the Mountaineer offense for the past two seasons. WVU fans shouldn’t be surprised if Holgorsen and Offensive Coordinator Jake Spavital uses the “Running Back by Committee” system with returnees Kennedy McKoy, Martell Pettaway along with Brown.
Next season will be a big year for Holgorsen and the Mountaineers. The returning of Will Grier, David Sills, Gary Jennings, David Long along with a strong Freshman class should make next year enjoyable for WVU fans.