Q: Was there any key recruits that former defensive coordinator Keith Patterson was involved with?
A: Assuming this question is geared more to the class of 2014, since Patterson's departure was announced post-signing day. Patterson would work portions of Ohio and West Virginia, as well as handling a lot of recruits while on campus for visits. His biggest impact last season came in the recruitment of linebacker Davonte James.
He also recruited some juco prospects. However, one thing to remember is that WVU is typcially using more than one coach to recruit and stay in touch with players, including the "area" coach as well as the potential position coach.
Q: If Tony Gibson is named the new DC, how does that impact him as a recruiter?
A: At the time of this article West Virginia hadn't officially named a defensive coordinator, although our sources tell us Gibson is the pick. If he gets the job I don't expect it to impact his recruiting angles. Gibson is extremely strong in western Pennsylvania, an area where the Mountaineers hope to gain future players. While some additional time may be spent working schematically on the the defense, Gibson is too good to keep off the recruiting trail.
Q: Will WVU get a QB early in 2015 -- and what is the top three pecking order?
A: The goal for most programs across the country is to snag a quarterback early in the process -- and West Virginia is no different. Last year, the Mountaineers received a commitment from William Crest in mid-April.
Over recent weeks the Mountaineers have kept close tabs on several prospects. However, the recent offer to Joey Burrow, who plans to visit later this month, could indicate he's a frontrunner at the position. Another visitor this month is Nick Tiano, who received an offer from Miami (Fla.) a few days ago.
Q: Who and what positions are we targeting for in 2015?
A: With so many prospects on the board this early in the process, it's difficult to identify each recruit. However, it's more plausible to hone in on positions.
Expect the Mountaineers to make the defensive line a priority in this class. As is the normal each cycle, the position is critical in each class. Other positions to watch are the wide receiver (signed three in 2014), running back and linebacker.
Q: What are the highest ranked kids on Scout.com that you think we'll get?
A: Always a tough question because the rankings will change a few times throughout the year. However, West Virginia is off to a nice start earning four commitments in the latest Scout 300 -- Kendrell McFadden (No. 116), Matt Jones (No. 248), Jovon Durante (No. 248) and Stone Wolfley (No. 288).
West Virginia is heavily involved with Hubbard (Ohio) running back L.J. Scott (No. 67 overall) and cornerback Jordan Whitehead (No. 155 overall). Both prospects could potentially be five-star prospects when the final rankings are released. And if they aren't, there are hundreds, and we do mean hundreds, of four- and three-star players that are outstanding college prospects.
Q: What are the coaches recruiting territories?
A: West Virginia hasn't made a definitive statement regarding individual areas. But with the staff not complete, it's not expected an announcement wouldn't come now. Expect head coach Dana Holgorsen to make an official statement once the entire coaching staff is complete.
One other thing to keep in mind -- position coaches also share in recruiting duties, although perhaps not as many in-person visits, as the "area" coach.