WVU To Sign One, Remains Hopeful For Others

West Virginia is expected to announce the signing of one prospect to a national letter of intent on Wednesday, the first day for mid-year junior college graduates to make their destinations official. The Mountaineers, though, are still vying for signatures from a handful of others.

West Virginia is expected to earn just one signature on Wednesday, which begins a month-long period in which December junior college graduates can sign with four-year institutions. That number could grow, however, as the Mountaineers are in the mix for a couple of prospects deciding later that same day.

BlueGoldNews.com breaks down those expected as well as which prospects could pledge and sign with the Mountaineers.


Larry Jefferson, DE, 6-4, 225, Fulton, Mississippi, Itawamba Community College

Jefferson is the lone signature the West Virginia staff can be assured they’ll receive on Wednesday. The defensive standout committed twice to the Mountaineers program twice in his recruitment, most recently in mid-November.

“West Virginia just felt like home and it’s a place I wanted to be,” Jefferson told BlueGoldNews.com in anticipation of signing day. “The coaches never left me or forgot about me and that’s something I’ll always cherish. I’m excited to be a Mountaineer.

Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Jefferson selected the Mountaineers over offers from Iowa State, California and South Florida.


Isaac Whitney, WR, 6-4, 200, Los Angeles, California, Riverside City College

With a final three of West Virginia, USC and Washington State, all signs point to a two-horse race between the Mountaineers and Trojans. Whitney, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound, four-star prospect, has officially visited WVU and USC the past two weeks.

Whitney is scheduled to have an announcement ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 18 to disclose which school he’ll continue his football career.

Rasul Douglas, CB, 6-3, 200, Garden City, New York, Nassau Community College

Douglas has narrowed his list of suitors to three – West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers. Last week he welcomed staff members of all three programs for a final in-home visit.

“I’m open,” Douglas told Scout national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn, describing his recruitment. “I just want to think about what each school as to offer. That’s all.”

While West Virginia and Louisville are believed to be leaders out of his list of finalists, the Mountaineers might have the ege. Louisville recently flipped defensive back Jaire Alexander, who was previously committed to South Carolina, and that move might make WVU more attractive.

Douglas is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday at his school.

Note: Itawamba (MS.) C.C. defensive end Xavier Pegues will sign with West Virginia in February.

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