Juco Fixes

West Virginia plans to host several junior college football prospects in the coming weeks as it attempts to build the depth that Dana Holgorsen says is necessary to compete in the Big 12.

Though the Mountaineers wrapped up the football season late November, the early weeks of December could pay huge dividends for the program. That's when West Virginia will play host to several top prospects throughout the junior college ranks.

In addition to juco quarterback Skyler Howard, the Mountaineers also have shown, and are getting, varying levels of interest from several other players at that level. Some to watch include:

Jihad Ward - Globe Institute
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'7
Weight: 285 lbs
Offers: WVU, Texas Tech, Washington
Visit Date: Dec. 6

BGN Breakdown: Ward is arguably one of the highest rated prospects remaining on WVU's board -- and that's in part because of his talent and playing a position of need. The Mountaineer coaching staff has expressed their desire for Ward to play and contribute immediately. He is scheduled to graduate in May and will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

Pat Martin - Highland (KS)
Position: Safety
Height: 6'1
Weight: 205 lbs
Offers: WVU, North Carolina, Utah State, Middle Tennessee, Memphis and Georgia State
Visit Date: Dec. 7

BGN Breakdown: Martin, a member of Tennessee's class of 2011, has found a home at Highland. The hard-hitting safety possesses solid vision to see the entire field and attacks the ball extremely well. The Mountaineers, who just recently extended an offer, find themselves in Martin's top two along with Middle Tennessee.

Joe Keels - Highland (KS)
Position: Defensive End
Height: 6'4
Weight: 275 lbs
Offers: WVU, Wisconsin and Nebraska
Visit Date: Dec. 7

BGN Breakdown: Keels, who committed to Wisconsin in October, has recently begun to show interest in other programs. Following a trip to Nebraska this past weekend, Keels announced the Cornhuskers and Badgers would be his final two schools. However, he told BlueGoldNews.com he still plans to visit West Virginia -- primarily because of his relationship with coach Erik Slaughter.

Dalvon Stuckey - Pearl River JC
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height: 6'3
Weight: 325 lbs
Offers: Auburn, WVU, Miami (FL) and Nebraska
Visit Date: Dec. 7

BGN Breakdown: Stuckey has certainly had an interesting recruitment. He recently decommitted from Miami (FL) and pledged to Auburn following a recent visit. Nonetheless, according to those close to Stuckey, he still plans to visit West Virginia in early December. The Mountaineers have made their desire for him well known, as immediate playing time is definitely available along the defensive front.

Devron Moore - Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (OK)
Position: Cornerback
Height: 6'1
Weight: 190 lbs
Offers: TCU, Wisconsin, New Mexico, Middle Tennessee, Illinois and Georgia State
Visit Date: Dec. 14

BGN Breakdown: West Virginia is looking for immediate help in pass coverage, and Moore could be the answer. On the season, Moore has more than 50 tackles and five interceptions -- two of which have been returned for touchdowns. He doesn't currently have an offer from the Mountaineers, though, if received, it could skyrocket them towards the top of his list.

BlueGoldNews.com will continue to provide update surrounding this prospects as their visits get closer.

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