Good Early Returns

Through mid-morning, West Virginia had scored three letters of intent from players thought to be no better than 50-50 chances to wind up as Mountaineers.

When the day began, West Virginia was waiting to hear from several uncommitted or "soft verbal" prospects, and three of those came through with letters of intent before noon.

Georgia Military College running back\wide receiver Mario Alford and linebacker Brandon Golson were both Arizona commitments, but when assistant coach Tony Gibson took the safeties assistant coaching spot at West Virginia, he immediately began recruiting the pair. That work paid off today, when the duo signed letters of intent with West Virginia.

Alford is a multi-talented player who figures to be a slot receiver at West Virginia. He catches the ball very well, and should get a chance to be a playmaker in his career. Golson caps an excellent linebacking group in the class. While some of those signees might move to other positions, the Mountaineers have no fewer than seven of them in the announced singing list to date.

West Virginia also scored another defender when safety Jeremy Tyler committed to the Mountaineers. A physical tackler who roams the field, Tyler forces action against both the run and the pass.

As of 11:00 a.m., WVU had 24 signees in the class. That includes seven players who have already enrolled in school. Nine junior college players are among that list.

Current Signee and Commit List

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