Signing Updates

As usual, there were a few surprises on football signing day.

A few new names popped up on WVU's signing list today - here's a quick capsule on each.

Defensive lineman Fred Blueford was described as "a monster" by one source. At 6-5, 280, Blueford got the notice of the Mountaineer coaches while they were visiting Jones Junior College to look at teammate (and future WVU teammate) Charles Hales. Blueford will have the chance to see immediate playing time along the defensive line.

Another defensive lineman who made the list late was Rachid Stoury of Upper Darby High School in eastern Pennsylvania. Stoury is ideally suited for the nose position in the three down linemen alignment the Mountaineers are expected to feature this year. He is stocky, strong, and has the low center of gravitiy necessary to maintain balance when going head up against opposing centers.

Wide receiver Chris Henry of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, is a big receiver with loads of talent, and would slot into the outside spot in the spread offense. Henry camped at WVU this summer and immediately made an impression on the Mountaineer staff. He has not yet qualified, however.

Defensive back Adam Jones is a swift cover cornerback from Atlanta who switched form Georgia Tech to WVU, while Joe Hunter is an athlete with startling physical skills who grabbed notice from the coaching staff during a basketball game. Hunter played only one year of high school football, so he could require some work before making an impact. However, his excellent speed, quickness and footwork proved too enticing for the coaching staff to pass up.

Of those players expected to sign who did not, Durrell Robinson's Letter of Intent could arrive at the Puskar Center at any time. Robinson still has a good deal of work to finish in order to graduate from junior college and become eligible to play in 2002.

Verbal commitment Carl Farrell is expected to fall short of admissions standards at WVU, and could enroll in a junior college.

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