Jet Best, a 5-9, 180-pound running back, is already enrolled at West Virginia, but will count toward this class' numbers – expected to be the smallest under fifth-year head coach Rich Rodriguez. The Blue and Gold News and www.BlueGoldNews.com will cover Rodriguez's press conference at 3 p.m. as well, bringing you all the comments from it.
This year's class serves the key needs of WVU. There are four offensive linemen and, so far, two cornerbacks, one safety and one player, Eddie Davis, listed as a general defensive back. Davis flew under the recruiting radar for the most part, and the Mountaineers swiped him from South Florida after USF said it was unhappy with him taking other visits.
Davis' cousin, Marcus Broxie, is the one of two defensive line players, along with Chris Neild, who is listed as a tight end but is expected to play nose guard for WVU. Neild will be a quick line player, and Broxie gained 26 pounds and shaved two-tenths of a second from his 40-yard dash time since last March (The chiseled player now weighs 231 pounds and runs a 4.7.)
The other defensive player is McKeesport's Anthony Leonard, a bruising fullback in his high school's option-oriented set who projects to a linebacker at WVU. McKeesport beat fellow recruit Wes Lyons' Woodland Hills squad in the WPIAL finals. Lyons is one of two wideouts for the Mountaineers in the class of 2006.
Another linebacker is J.T. Thomas, the son of a former Mountaineer of same name. Thomas, out of Pompano Beach, Fla., runs a 4.62 40 and is listed as 6-2, 205 pounds.
The Mountaineer coaches are also still working on other prospects that have verballed elsewhere, so there could be more letters forthcoming. The complete list is as follows.
*Eddie Davis, DB
*Marcus Broxie, DE (6-4, 230)
*Wes Lyons, WR (6-6, 4.65)
*Eric Rodemoyer, OL (6-2, 310)
*Jake Miller, OL (6-6, 320)
*Chris Neild, NT (6-3, 275)
*Derek Hayes, OL (6-5, 300)
*John Maddox, WR (6-2, 170, 4.5)
*Robert Williams, CB (5-11, 170, 4.4)
*J.T. Thomas, LB (6-2, 205, 4.62)
*Eric Jobe, OL (6-3, 270)
*Jet Best, RB -- enrolled already (5-9, 180)
*Ryan Brinson, CB (5-10, 180)
*Anthony Leonard, LB (6-1, 225, 4.65)