West Virginia has added two outstanding players to its football class of 2009. Quarterback Eugene Smith and wide receiver Stedman Bailey committed to the Mountaineers following a weekend official visit to the WVU campus. Both players liked what they saw of the West Virginia program, and only delayed their announcement so they could make it in their home state on Monday afternoon.
Smith, rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com, is also listed as the #9 quarterback prospect in the nation. His tremendous height allows him to see over defenses, and he has worked hard to improve his throwing motion and passing game this year. He is also a tremendous runner that is very suited to the spread offense, no matter what form it takes.
Smith has a great arm and shows elusiveness and the ability to reset in the pocket before throwing the ball. He had more than 30 scholarship offers, and visited West Virginia and Alabama before making his decision.
Bailey, Smith's teammate at Miramar High School, also made the trip to West Virginia this past weekend, and will join Smith at WVU. A technical route runner with outstanding hands and a great understanding of the game, Bailey is much more polished in the finer points of the game than many players coming out of high school. At 5-10, he's not the tallest wideout around, but his ability to find holes in coverage and his strong competitive nature make him a difficult package to handle.
Bailey, a three-star prospect rated as the #59 wideout in the country, had more than a dozen scholarship offers. West Virginia beat out schools such as Boston College, South Carolina and USF for Bailey's commitment.
Be sure to check out video of both Smith and Bailey, and check back soon for more on these breaking commitments.