1. Charlie Russell. Russell, a Morgantown, W.Va. native, is a 6-3, 215 pound Scout.com four-star quarterback. He was West Virginia's earliest commitment, and the pocket passer has better mobility than mosty realize. He is expected to be one of two pure signal callers to sign. He is rated 19th at his position, a number that jumped after playing well at a combine in Louisville. The read on Russell: A leader. Very poised in the pocket. He won't blow you away with a great forty time, but he is fast enough. He is a very accurate passer with a quick release and good rotation on the ball. The bottom line is the kid is a winner.
2. Junius Lewis. An athletic four-star defensive tackle. At 6-3, 225 pounds, he won't blow you away with his size. But he has great instincts and explosion. Ranked the 16th best at his slot. The second of two from Morgantown High. The bio: Lewis tallied 104 tackles and 17 sacks as a junior. A tremendously strong 3-technique tackle and a relentless rusher off the edge. His father played basektball at West Virginia. An explosive player who gets off the snap quickly and uses his speed and power to get a great upfield push. Once Lewis learns more about the intricacies of pass rush technique , he could special.
3. Chad Snodgrass. Three-star offensive guard. Out of Nitro High in West Virginia, Snodgrass is 6-5, 300 lbs. he has worked in a passing offense during his prep career, and is a blue-collar type that should improve. A solid pickup and one that will be a nose-to-the-grindstone type.
4. Brandon Hogan. The 5-11, 170-pound defensive back also plays quarterback for Osbourn High in Manassas, Va. A three-star player, Hogan passed for 2,430 yards, ran for 1,781 and was responsible for 59 touchdowns as he led Osbourn to the Virginia AAA Division 6 championship. Hogan was named Washington Post All-Metro. Threw for 2,045 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. Hogan accounted for 3,183 total yards and 36 touchdowns. He was named VHSCA 1st team All-State as a quarterback. he runs a 4.4 40 and had offers from Kentucky, Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech as well.
5. Charles Matthews. A 5-10, 165-pound wideout that runs a 4.4 flat. He caught 25 passes for 450 yards and two scores as a junior. From Solon High in Solon, Va.
6. Philip Sheridan. Three stars. One of a half dozen safeties expected to sign. Runs a 4.5 at 6-2 and 195 pounds. Ranks 80th. Did not play his senior season at Monsignor Bonner because of an ACL tear at a seven-on-seven combine in May.
7. Donny Barclay. Out of Seneca Valley High in Harmony, Pa. Barclay is a 6-5, 280-pounder who is the prototypical WVU lineman in terms of mobility. He add size to that package, however, and runs a 5.1. Ranked 46th, the three-star player has good foot skills and especially excells within the passing game. His technique will need work. he also had offers from NC State, Pitt and Cincinnati, among others.
8. Gino Gradkowski. Immediately renewed his pledge to West Virginia after it lost its line coach. Already, as of 8:45 a.m., the third line prospect to sign. Considered a major steal, Gradkowski is a four-star player who rates fourth as a center, but at 6-4 can certainly move per haps one more spot away from the ball as well. He has great feet and quickness and, as a senior, was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22" team. He was also named first team All-Conference by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review "Terrific 25" team.
9. Andrew Harris. A 6-3, 190-pound wide receiver out of St. Petersburg Catholic in Florida. Three stars and 63rd ranked. All-County Honorable Mention as a sophomore Class 2A Honorable Mention all-state as a junior Had 1,500 career receiving yards entering his senior season. Also had offers from Boston College and South Florida.
10. Jock Sanders. Jitterbug style of player. Will be utilized as a running back and can return kicks. At 5-8 and 185 pounds, Sanders hides behind the line and can explode with a solid burst. Runs a 4.5 40. From same high school as Harris. Both sent letters in together. Sanders is an all-purpose threat who ran for over 1,000 yards as a junior. He was one of the top running backs at the Scout.com All-American Combine in Jacksonville back in March. Played quarterback, running back, receiver, and safety, and also runs back punts and kicks. An all-area, all-county and all-state selection as a junior.
11. Asa Chapman. A huge addition - literally. Chapman is 6-5 and 340 pounds of run-stuffing ability. he can clog the middle and will likely play head-up on the center. He is a two-star but will bring much needed size to WVU. he also had an offer from Virginia.
12. Vince Harris. A 6-2, 210-pounder out of powerhosue La Salle in Cincinnati. Three stars and ranked 26th. As a junior, Harris racked up around 60 tackles and nine sacks earning All-Conference and All-City honors. Con bring the contact. Wasn't as highly touted as some other linebacker verbals, but is a hitter. Lack of exposure might have hurt his status.
13. Derek Knight. Quick, three-star safety. At 6-0, 190 pounds, shows good feet. Runs a 4.6 40. Ranked 49th at his spot and a three-star player. As a senior, the Detroit native led Renaissance High to the Public School League championship and the state playoffs with his fine all-round play -- 102 tackles, 14 deflections, four sacks and four INTs. he was named to the Detroit News "Dream Team". Knight was moved up to the varsity as a freshman and was a second team running back. As a sophomore, Derek took over the running back duties for Renaissance and he also started at strong safety. As a junior, Knight put up outstanding numbers from his safety position, racking up 128 tackles, 11 sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions. On offense, Knight rushed for 540 yards on 54 carries.
14. Eain Smith. Another in the safety crop. Runs a 4.5 40 at 6-0 and 180 pounds. A three-star player ranked 41st. Out of Hollywood, Fla. Versatility is best trait. Can cover, support the run and has the burst to blitz. Made the calls in a 3-4 set that mimicked WVU's 3-3-5 odd stack.
15. Keith Thandy. A 6-2, 175-pounder who runs a 4.4 40. Played quarterback and defensive back for Chrst County High in Hopkinsville, Ky. Will be a corner in college. He did, however, set a number of school records at quarterback as a junior, throwing for 3,284 yards and 31 touchdowns. As a senior, playing QB, Tandy threw for 2,777 yards and 32 TDs this year, and ran for 939 yards and five TDs. In his career Tandy passed for 8,667 yards and 90 TDs. Offers from Kentucky and Louisville as well.
16. Anthony Wood. A 6-0, 190 pound cornerback who runs a 4.4 40. Two-star JUCO player who had three interceptions, three forced fumbles and 28 tackles for an undefeated Lackawanna College team as a sophomore. Enters with three years left to play two.
17. Julian Miller. Out of Beechcroft High in Columbus. A 6-4, 220-pound defensive end that runs a 4.65. Second team all-Columbus and honorable mention all district performer at defensive end as a junior. Had 45 tackles, including eight behind the line and 6 1/2 sacks in 2005. Excellent at keeping outside containment and collapsing down on inside runs. Has speed to pursue sideline to sideline. Slated for defensive end in college. Scout.com three starts and ranked 84th as his position.
18. Evan Rodriguez. Three star safety from North Bergen High in New Jersey. Rated 51st. Is 6-3 and 200 pounds and runs a 4.5 40. Tallied over 70 tackles and five interceptions while on the way to garnering All-State honors as a junior. WVU came in late and got him against Pitt and Rutgers.
19. Bradley Starks. A quarterback from Orange County High in Virginia. Ranked 41st with three stars. Runs well at 6-4 and 175 pounds. Has above average arm strength and he can thread the neddle. He is an outstanding athlete who can throw in the pocket or on the run. He is athletic enough to play multiple positions. All-State recognition as a junior. Completed 140-of-266 (53%) for 2,286 and 29 touchdowns. He added 720 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
20. Sydney Glover. A 6-0, 205-pound safety out of Warren G. Harding High in Warren, Ohio. Rated the 50th best at his position. Runs a 4.5 40. Three stars. Also had an offer from Indiana.
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