Tony Gibson's Take: WVU's 2015 Class

Tony Gibson's defense has its identity. Now, it has started to add to that with superior depth and talent, the latest infusion of which came on Wednesday, when West Virginia finalized the latest of a `10-player defensive class.

Among the most important in terms of immediate contribution is defensive end Larry Jefferson, who Gibson says lacks the length of a Shaq Riddick but should hold up far better against the run. Add in sizeable corner Rasul Douglas, also out of the junior college ranks, and the Mountaineers have a pair of players who could easily see the field this fall, despite the excellent depth that returns.

Gibson, entering his second season as defensive coordinator, says that he considers WVU to be returning 10 starters, though the common number listed is eight. Here, the Mountain State native explains why, gives his thoughts on several recruits on his side of the ball, speaks to the approach taken to secure the most difficult players to get in defensive linemen and details the secondary and linebacker signees who will add depth to a steadily rising Mountaineer defense.

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