Signing Day Notebook

A compendium of informational items from the Puskar Center as West Virginia announced their football recruiting class of 2004.

Once the class is signed, interest turns to players who are still looking to qualify and those that might grayshirt. Of the 22 players in the class, only a handful may fall into one of those categories.

Tyler Benoit (who has a qualifying test score but needs class work), Alphonso Gross and Marcus Platt still have work to do to qualify. Depending on their status, Matt Sinclair may be a grayshirt, as could Gross if he fails to qualify.

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Defensive back Alton McCann could play either cornerback or safety. The coaching staff will evaluate those two positions during spring, then play McCann at whichever position needs the most help.

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Rodriguez noted that offensive lineman Jake Figner had a 1430 SAT score, "just like Rick Trickett". Rodriguez went on to say that "Of course, Rick got his with a 300, a 400, and a 630."

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Although several players may be in the mix for early playing time, Rodriguez noted that defensive lineman Tyree Suber might have the best chance to play early.

"At 6-2 and 295 pounds, he has the body size to come in and compete early," Rodriguez noted. "He's kind of like Craig Wilson, only bigger."

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Although wide receivers like Brandon "Mookie" Tate and Tito Gonzalez may have flown under the radar a bit during the recruiting process, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm the Mountaineer staff has for the class of four wide receivers. The group is a nice mix of bigger receivers for the outside and speedy players that can catch short passes from the slot and turn them into big gains.

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Rodriguez on Pat White: "He is the fastest quarterback I have ever recruited."

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One media member was a bit early for signing day, showing up last Wednesday for today's press conference.

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At one point during the press conference, the sounds of lound music and banging weights filtered through the walls of the team room as players participated in workouts. After asking that the music be turned down, Rodriguez quipped, "I hope Janet Jackson isn't down there!"

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Tight end Louis Davis was brought in to fill the depth gap at tight end, and will be expected to compete for playing time immediately.


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