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In addition to the 26-28 players expected to sign Letters of Intent with West Virginia on Wednesday, there are also a number of walk-ons who could give unofficial pledges to WVU.

While there are no official letters of intent that bind walk-ons to WVU, West Virginia's coaches do everything they can to emphasize those players' importance to the Mountaineer program. WVU thus puts together a document for invited walk-ons to sign that "pledges" them to WVU, and vice versa. It's a neat bit of policy that helps bind a player to the school, if not officially, at least symbolically.

There are several walk-ons who could be announced at Wednesday's press conference. Some likely candidates from West Virginia include Williamstown's Travis Buttrey, Hurricane's C.J. Huffman, Morgantown's Derek Long and Parkersburg's Charlie Taylor. Buttrey and Huffman are offensive line candidates, and while each will likely take a couple of year's development before any determination could be made as to their ability to contribute in games, they certainly could provide immediate practice depth along the offensive front. Long, a defensive back who could also land on offense, is a multipurpose athlete who reportedly wants to prove himself in the Big East. Taylor, a fullback and linebacker at Parkersburg, is a battering ram who loves contact and could be a contender for playing time early in his career.

Out of state, players such as Scranton, Pa.'s Glenn Gress, Westerville, Oh.'s Reid Preisser, and Cleveland's Najee Goode could also show up on the list. Gress, from Scranton Prep, is an offensive lineman with good mobility who got looks from a number of schools. Preisser, a multi-sport star, is a cornerback from Westerville Central that could provide depth. And Goode, a big linebacker from high school power Benedictine, could also develop in WVU's walk-on program.

Be sure to stay tuned to BlueGoldNews.com and Scout.com all day for up-to-the-minute reports. Scout.com will update its football recruiting class rankings every two hours throughout the day.


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