Solid If Not Spectacular

West Virginia is hovering inside the top third of the Scout.com rankings with less than one week to go until Signing Day. The Mountaineers have six players in the East Top 100 rankings.

Following the addition of offensive lineman Grant Lingafelter and the defection of running back Zaire Williams, West Virginia stands 35th in the nation in Scout.com's most recent rankings of 2103 recruiting classes. That evaluation was most recently updated on Thursday afternoon. Rankings will be recalculated each day up until Signing Day.

The Mountaineers have good evaluation depth in the class, with 18 players out of 22 being rated at three stars or higher, but don't have a national Top 100 player or anyone with a five-star rating. Still, the quality across the board has West Virginia in a respectable position nationally, and fifth in the Big 12 behind Oklahoma (#14), Texas (#15), Oklahoma State #20) and Baylor (#33).

Trailing the Mountaineers are TCU (#45), Kansas, #49), Kansas State (#55), Texas Tech (#66) and Iowa State (#68).

In the Eastern region, West Virginia has six players in the individual rankings, ranging from #66 to #99. Offensive lineman Marcel Lazard holds that top spot, followed by running back Wendell Smallwood (74), running back Deshawn Coleman (82), defensive end Marvin Gross (89), safety Daryl Worley(90), receiver Daikiel Shorts (93) and quarterback Chavas Rawlins (99).

With so many schools tightly bunched in the rankings (WVU's 2172 points on 22 commits is just 87 out of 30th place) there will obviously be a lot more shuffling over the next seven days. That makes it difficult to accurately predict where West Virginia might finally wind up in the rankings, but somewhere in the 30-40 range is its most likely landing spot.

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Remaining targets for the class remain in flux, with many uncommitted players likely putting off their decisions until Signing Day. Following are a few names to watch:

Tyler Boyd: His recruitment has obviously drawn the most interest, given his proximity to WVU and his status as a Pitt commitment. Public speculation and commentary went over the line, turning his recruitment into something of a spectacle. His visit went well, but a report that WVU's last in-home visit won't come off certainly doesn't bode well. At this point, it would be a major upset if he flipped over to West Virginia.

Tanner McEvoy: Wisconsin has recently entered the derby for his services, which also includes WVU, Florida and Oregon. He has most recently said that he hopes to announce around Signing Day, but is not 100% set on doing so.

Mario Alford: The Georgia Military College running back admits that his visit to West Virginia threw a wrench into his previously steady plans to attend Arizona. He hoped to announce by the end of this week, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him extend that closer to Signing Day.

Jeremy Tyler: The Georgia standout had excellent visits to both WVU and Vandy, but the feeling is that the Commodores might have a bit of an edge. That's not to say the Mountaineers don't have hope. Texas Tech is also making a push.

Laray Smith: He visited WVU and liked the school as a childhood favorite, but it doesn't look like the Mountaineers are in his final picture, or showed a high level of interest. Syracuse and UConn looke like the strongest contenders.

JoJo Kemp: Listed WVU among his four finalists, but WVU is seen as having ground to make up to either Kentucky or Pitt.

Dontrill Hyman: Scheduled a last weekend visit to West Virginia. At 6-5, 265 pounds, would be the only interior defensive lineman in the class if the Mountaineers can get a commitment. An all-out push is in the works.


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