Holgorsen's First Class Is Solid

West Virginia scored its first new recruiting class with head coach Dana Holgorsen today. The verdict: As always in recruiting, none of us have any idea.

There's always potential with each recruiting class regardless of the rankings and stars given out. As former head coach Bill Stewart used to preach, "They're our stars."

Many project the Mountaineers to have a top 30 recruiting class this year, and that's pretty solid considering some of the situations.

West Virginia doesn't really have a defensive staff at this point and isn't in a fertile recruiting state either.

It's so hard to tell how this class with turn out until three or four years down the road. This year's group does, however, answer some questions that I wondered about when Holgorsen was hired.

The Mountaineers' now second-year head coach hasn't necessarily been the best recruiter in the past. He won with his scheme and a bunch of under-the-radar talent. But, he didn't really get the big-name prospects very often. It's tough to do that in Texas against teams like Texas and Texas A&M – but I'd have to guess it's even tougher in a state like West Virginia.

Well, he and his staff went elsewhere (which probably rubs some fans the wrong way) and found success in places like Florida and Texas.

It didn't necessarily pull in those five-star or blue-chip guys. But, then again, that isn't expected to change overnight. I was talking with a fellow beat writer earlier today and was kind of stumped when asked about the last big-time player WVU "stole" from another traditional power. Josh Jenkins? Noel Devine?

It's been a while, but that's not how WVU has found success, either. Same can be said with Holgorsen.

I wondered how a coach who had spent most of his time recruiting in Texas would recruit for WVU. Would he focus too much on the Lonestar State? Would he forget other more traditional areas like Ohio and Maryland?

This class answers those questions. WVU received four letters of intent from Texas natives. In addition, it pulled in a whopping 11 players from Florida. Those two states, of course, are a pair of the most talented in the nation.

West Virginia was able to hit many of its need areas and gain some depth, as well.

The offensive line was a huge need, and the Mountaineers found four players including junior college player Mark Glowinski, who could play right away.

WVU likely found its quarterback for the future, Ford Childress. It also picked up one of the best receiver classes in a long, long time (ever?) at WVU.

It needed to find some depth at defensive line, and it picked up four commitments in that area, too.

Overall, West Virginia needed numbers – and it got that. Stewart had an idea that taking smaller classes of 17 and 18 players would benefit the program. It has hurt the overall depth, though.

Holgorsen has quickly found bodies to fill holes on the roster – and there are a handful of players that could really make an impact immediately.

I went to Twitter to get some reactions from Mountaineer fans about this recruiting class, and it wasn't a very mixed opinion.

If I could describe the mass of responses, it would be "good but not great." All but two people that responded with either B+, B or B-.

WVU didn't necessarily win some of the signing day battles that it wanted like four-star Western Pennsylvania product Deaysean Rippy, who decided on Pittsburgh over the Mountaineers.

It really didn't matter, though. The players WVU ended up getting are just as good as Rippy right now – they have all yet to take a big-time college football snap. In three or four years, who knows.


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