"Our staff did a good job again," said Rodriguez of the efforts put into this year's recruiting class.
Rodriguez noted that defensive end Thor Merrow, defensive back Trippe Hale, and wide receiver Carmen Connolly would all three most likely greyshirt. Also, a few of the recruits could possibly be non-qualifiers, meaning they would not be eligible to participate in football this fall, but could enroll in the school and pay their own way.
In addition to the 31 players signing today, Rodriguez announced that four young men will enter the program as invited walk-ons this fall. They are: Tony Belt, a wide receiver from Berkeley Springs; Mike Bilokinsky, a defensive end from Ohio; John Hardison, a linebacker from George Washington High School in Charleston; and Jeremy Maxwell, a tight end from Tucker County.
Finally, in a light hearted moment, Rodriguez had a little fun with DA Sports Editor Chuck McGill. A few weeks back in his column, McGill stated that if Gwaltney chose to be a Mountaineer, he would eat a jar of mayonaise on the steps of the Mountainlair. The coach pulled out a copy of the column, and then presented a blushing McGill with a large jar of mayonaise, and an oversized spoon. More on this story as it develops.
There will be plenty of more recruting news and notes throughout the day right here on BlueGoldNews.com.