Low Key Signing Day Expected for West Virginia

West Virginia's football recruiting class shaped up a bit differently this year. With more early enrollees, more junior college performers and fewer “surprises” this has been a fairly stable year as Signing Day approaches.

Of course, this doesn't mean there hasn't been drama along the way. The Mountaineers went through a frustrating process with wide receiver Mike Harley, and eventually parted ways with a player who had pledged, more than once, his total commitment to the program. There have also been a handful of other decommitments and partings, which kept West Virginia bouncing around the 19 commitment mark as additions and subtractions occurred.

With Signing Day dawning, however, there don't appear to be many questions left to be resolved. WVU is waiting to hear the decision of wide receiver Danny Davis, who is expected to choose between West Virginia and Wisconsin, but other than that there probably won't be many “surprises”. Given today's social media atmosphere, it's tough for the “hidden” or “secret” recruits to pop up as they did five or ten years ago.

With 21 either signed or verbal commitments already in the fold, and the fact that WVU has most of its class on solid footing, there won't be a great deal of buzz, either. That should not, however, be construed as a shortcoming on its recruiting efforts. While there's always a spot or two that could use bolstering, the Mountaineer staff has brought in, or will sign today, a number of players that could fill gaps – and perhaps quickly. WVU was able to count one player out of the December enrollees back to the Class of 2016, so heading into Wednesday it had 20 players assigned to the Class of 2017. Were Davis to commit, that would still leave four spaces open for any "late" arrivals. Those slots could also be banked for the use of December 2017 enrollees.

Nowhere did the Mountaineers do better than at wide receiver, where they landed a variety of players that didn't play games through the recruiting process. With David Sills and Dominique Maiden already enrolled, and a third, Tevin Bush, perhaps an option (he's also a running back candidate), West Virginia got a great head start in the December signing period. Add in Reggie Roberson and Alec Sinkfield, and WVU has checked all the boxes.








In part due to the five secondary positions in West Virginia's base defense, but also due to need, WVU also went heavy in the defensive secondary. Junior college transfer Hakeem Bailey and high school early graduate Derrek Pitts came on board in December, and are expected to be joined by Kenny RobinsonExree LoeCollin SmithRicky Johns and Eugene Brown. That gives the Mountaineers seven players to add to its current backfield roster. Don't be surprised to see one or two of the high schoolers on this list avoid a redshirt.










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