West Virginia couldn’t land receiver Tyler Boyd, and junior college quarterback Tanner McEvoy chose Wisconsin, but the Mountaineers’ coaching staff left National Signing Day with plenty of smiles after reeling in the school’s highest-ranked class since 2007.

Dana Holgorsen brought in playmaking replacements to keep his Air Raid offense soaring, along with 11 defensive signees expected to help WVU stop other teams’ playmakers for a change.

Rivals ranked WVU’s class No. 24 in the nation and, just as importantly, third-best in the Big 12, only one spot behind Texas. (Read bios on the signees here.)

“For one day, it’s safe to say that the West Virginia coaches hit a home run with this class. It’s also a strong mix of junior college and prep talent, and this group should produce many immediate contributors.”— Keenan Cummings of Rivals website WVSports.com

On the heels of classes that Rivals ranked 47th and 48th respectively the past two years, West Virginia cast a wide net to sign some elite junior college talent. Keenan Cummings, senior writer for the Rivals website WVSports.com, said it compares favorably to the 27th-ranked 2009 class that was heavy on future stars (Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey) though severely impacted by attrition.

“For one day, it’s safe to say that the West Virginia coaches hit a home run with this class,” Cummings said. “Obviously those rankings don’t mean anything other than a grade on a piece of paper until the players make it to campus.

“Holgorsen mentioned the need for secure pass rushers and playmakers in this class, and like him, I think the coaches did an excellent job of that. It’s also a strong mix of junior college and prep talent, and this group should produce many immediate contributors.”

The mid-January additions of assistant coaches Tony Gibson and Lonnie Galloway paid dividends.

“I think both assistant coaches will only add to the overall product for the Mountaineers, because both have built great resumes as recruiters,” Cummings said.

“The one extremely important factor for West Virginia is the fact that both coaches have been here before and understand what it’s like to recruit to and for the Mountaineers. It’s also a huge bonus that both coaches know the landscape regionally and can help West Virginia reconnect in key areas such as Pennsylvania and Maryland.”

Gibson, in particular, has embraced his primary role as a roster-builder. He’ll also coach WVU’s safeties.

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“Gibson’s reputation as a good recruiter has definitely been earned over the years and it starts with his ability to connect not only with the prospects, but their families,” Cummings said. “For instance, (on Wednesday) Gibson spoke about recruiting not only Mario Alford and Brandon Golson, but getting their families on board with West Virginia and exposing their families to the program and what to expect. Relationships are everything in recruiting and Gibson understands that well.”

Jacky Marcellus

SIGNING DAY HOLDOUTS

Three West Virginia commitments have not signed their letters-of-intent, leaving their situations murky.

Jacky Marcellus (Immokalee, Fla.) and DeShawn Coleman (Hermitage, Pa.) — both three-star running backs —committed before their senior seasons. Three-star prospect Marquion Lane (DeLand, Fla.), the only cornerback in WVU’s class, chose the Mountaineers on signing day over Miami, Louisville, Arkansas, Nebraska and Michigan State.

Marquion Lane

“There is definitely potential for all three to join WVU and the trio would be a welcomed addition to the current class,” Cumming said. “But it’s my understanding that they need to take care of some business first — either in the classroom or other areas.”

DUAL-THREAT QB

Three-star signee Chavis Rawlins doesn’t fit the pocket-passer profile of Holgorsen’s previous quarterbacks, and the coach likes it that way. With junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress at the head of the line to replace Geno Smith, Holgorsen wants to see what Rawlins can add to the quarterback position with his mobility.

“We wanted to bring in somebody who was a little bit different than what we already had,” Holgorsen said. “These guys (Millard and Childress) are just pocket guys, we know that. So with Chavis, he’s able to come in and bring us some versatility and athleticism at that position. And he was a local kid who wanted to be a Mountaineer real bad, so we told him he was going to be the only quarterback that’s going to be in this class.”

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Comments

  • Stan

    I'm in too. I'll take that bet any day.

    • Uncle Fester

      Belly up to the bar big boy and place your bet. Stan, Tom and Hailey all thought WVU and Idiot Holgerson were going 12-0 in 2012. How did that turn out for you b*tches???

  • Hailey

    Uncle fetus, Im in... 6+ wins is a lock

    • Tom

      Uncle Fetus took a bit much of the bath salt cough remedy.

  • big tom

    one agency had us 32nd. fifth best in the big 12. doesn't sound like swagger material to me, but i guess it's better than 44th.
    seems we are going to be stuck in this funk for years, even though our facilities are improving, still the HC position is not a destination job, it's still a stepping stone, as Holgie is like receiving the 6th highest salary in the big 12, but then, why does he deserve more",,, a 7-6 record and destroyed by lowly syra. isn't reason for a pay increase, no, wait a minute, yes it is , let's give him more money for a poor year. and lets keep paying joe deforest 400,000 per yr.. no let's bump that up to 500,000 per yr. since he did such a wonderful job with the def. and was just demoted once during the season.;

    • Shawn

      Let's all put some money in a hat and send Big Tom on a vacation so he can get some happiness in his life. I hope Marshall has a better season next year so you'll be happier.

      • Uncle Fester

        Shawn, I got a hundred bucks that says WVU and Idiot Holgorsen won't win 6 games in 2013. Put your money where your mouth is buddy?? Can you put the Kool-Aid and bong down long enough to make such a bet???

        • Shawn

          Hey Uncle Pester are you a WVU fan?

        • Shawn

          With the improved defense and almost every team rebuilding at QB...yea i'll stick with my 8 wins.

        • big tom

          i think uncle fester is right, maybe 5 wins, maybe,, no bowl.... focus on reality not day dreams shawn

          • Shawn

            It has become obvious that Big Tom and Uncle Pester are either the same person or they both live in Negative Town down on Nobody Gives a Sh*t Street next to the Lack of Intelligence Home for the Sportingly Challenged.

        • Tom

          Ill take that bet Uncle Jerry Sandusky... where are we going to meet so you can give me your govt aid check? I stand by 8 wins.

  • JimJim

    And it looks like we did not steal too many players from the Texas schools. Where is the new fresh recruiting territory, looks to me like we're recruiting the same regions. I don't know why a player would come here from Florida, now his friends and family would never get to see him play. But this will be a good test for our coaching staff. WVU is not getting the top talent, so if we win it will because of superior coaching. Good luck

    • David

      Why would they come here from Florida?

      Several reasons, actually.

      It's a different world here. Slower. Natural beauty. Friendly people. Their parents like the small town of Morgantown and don't have to worry about them getting gunned down on the streets. Clean program. Good graduation rates. And, believe it or not, a lot of them actually enjoy the cold weather and snow.

      • jethro

        just stay off high street at 3am , he will be safe

    • Maxxajay

      Jim We or the coaches went out to 15 different states that don't sound like Florida and West Virginia sounds to me like they got a lot of territory Covered. Fifth teen states Jim Jim

    • Mac

      We got players from coast to coast... It's not unusual to get the occasional player from California or Arizona, North Carolina, South Carolina.... But this class has players from everywhere. The players we signed are from WV, PA, OH, NJ, TX, NC, SC, CA, AZ, GA, MS, FL, MD, KS....

      25 players from across 14 states...

  • David

    The Ft. Myers News Press reported late Wed. afternoon that Jacky Marcellus (Immokalee, Fla.) signed. Did a video interview with him and he was wearing a WVU ball cap. What's up with this report saying he is not signed?

    • Peasant

      from everything i have read and heard, Jacky has some unresolved issues before his LOI will be submitted.... could be his parents need to sign it, or could be waiting on a grade.

    • Mac

      His LOI is signed, but has not been received by WVU.

  • big tom

    say what you want about richrod, but i'd take him back in a ny minute, and wouldn't blink an eye...

    • David

      And his NCAA investigation and sanctions?

    • chad

      So you could get crapped on again?

  • Mike

    Lambert wasn't used so we would have him for 4 years. This was brought up right before the start of the season. DH stated unless he was needed because of injury. I belive Lambert will be a very good Place Kicker for us. The staff feels O'Toole is the real deal.I will take the word of the staff over that of George. You don't give a kicker/punter a free ride over a position player unless he is that good. I think HS will red shirt this year. How will a 215 lb Petteway play DL.Let me know George when you figure that out.

  • RockyRider

    Call me petty and not able to "get over it," but what pleased me (about) the most:
    Flipping Alford from Pond Scum's team.

  • George

    I'm sorry, but I wouldn't go so far as to state that the 2013 Recruiting Class brought back any recruiting swagger to WVU Football. I don't think we'll know this until we see how the season goes, and how those who are in the rotation play.

    My curiousity is different from many, I suspect:

    First the Starting QB position: My prediction on this is that there are 3-players in the hunt for this position: Logan Moore, Ford Childress and Chavis Rawlins.

    Mallard is a gunslinger, fast on the trigger and doesn't aim. Thus, when the ball is in the air, its anybody's ball.

    Childress played in a Holgerson style offense in High School and like Logan Moore has a year under Hogerson at WVU. Childress has the better size compared to Moore. However, Moore is more athletic, is a little faster on his feet, moves in the pocket a little better, and does a little better job with his reads. However, Childress will hang in the pocket better, where Moore will be more likely to run. Also, from the film I've seen both Moore and Rawlins do a better job at throwing a receiver open, and at making the back-shoulder pass. Moore is better at throwing in to tight coverage. But the speedster is Rawlins, and Rawlins has moves that Moore and Childress can only dream about. This will be a good competition and may the best player win, for each has good and bad and each has things they need to work on.

    The other area that is going to be fun to watch is kicker. WVU has a bunch of kickers. Molinari is done and out of the picture. I have to believe that Lambert didn't impress in 2012 and that is why WVU went after the JUCO kicker from CA; the got the preferred walk-on kicker; plus the Madden Award Winning Kicker; and the there is Wellman who will most likely end-up in the Offensive Backfield as FB, for he kicked in High School. Don't be surprised if a walk-on kicker beats out one of the 2-scholarship kickers. I think the 2-kickers in 2013 will come from this group of recruits, and something tells me that Lambert and Molinari won't be in the mix, for if Lambert could get the job done, he would have kicked last year, when WVU was despirate for a kicker. This too will be a battle and a fun one to watch.

    Look for Pat Eger to lose out on the OL, but he could stay in the rotation. I think Pankey and Orlosky will make the OL rotation, and on the DL Petteway and Rose are in, Brown will have to pick it up to stay in the rotation. The DL competition will be one of the best on the team.
    And Patterson will want Bruce and Joseph to pick-up and become leaders, and be assured Patterson will want everyone to tackle like Joseph. I think all the other positions on the Defense are up for grabs. Receiving is wide-open and I don't see Jordan getting into the rotation. RB and FB will be much different that 2013 for Holg will have 2 or 3 big guys running the ball, and look for Holg to use TEs this year.

    • Stephen

      Hahaha. I highly doubt any of what you said is going to happen.

      • Wemakerain

        Moore has no chance of playing unless everyone else gets injured circa Maryland 2012, we may see him throwing in the Spring game to Terrance Gourdine (yep that's the first and only Gourdine sighting of the year I bet)

    • shawn

      HAHA

  • Larry Wiseman

    WHAT DO YOU MEAN, MODERATION???

  • Mike

    We have a great class for 2013. I don't know what big tom is talking about. Not sure he does either. As for the new coaching hires,I belive Gibson turned Alford and Golson away from AZ. He has been here a month or less. Not sure who turned Alford,Tyler and Lane.The staff did a great job. One of the best classes on paper.

  • WVWho

    Definitely picked up some good players, but a composite class ranked around 30th?

    Not exactly a "swagger" finishing class ranking, but there are kids who can be coached up to fit the scheme.

    Good thing WVU isn't in the SEC, their class would have them next to last just for some perspective.

    http://247sports.com/Season/2013-Football/CompositeTeamRankings

    • Shawn

      Class rankings are a joke and it's just there for reporters and analysts to talk about. A lot of these big start recruits either turnout to be a wash physically or academically and land themselves in JC until they grow up. Teams like Alabama, Ohio State, etc go out and recruit only the big time names and not the positions that are vacant. They will waste scholarships and turn down kids that end up being drafted out of the these smaller DI schools. I think WVU is in good shape and the coaching staff made the right choices and filled their positions accordingly.

      • big tom

        LOL you argue against OSU and bama's recruiting,,, if you happen to watch the championship game, bama destroyed ND. and btw, OSU just went undefeated, and i think they do put afew guys into the pros.. just sayin...keep talking buddy , you keep showing just how stupid you really are.

        • Shawn

          I wish you would come out already. Please tell everybody who you really are Tom...he's a closet OU fan. And if you would look real close Tom, how many of those kids on that undefeated team did Meyer recruit? Its all about taking the players you have and turning them into something special. They have to buy into your system for it to completely work.

          Nick Saban is unbelievable because he can get any kid in the country to buy in and thats how he turns out NC teams year in and out.

          For example, look at USC. They get eight 5 star recruits a year and they've plain sucked lately. Thats because the coach is a D*ck and he cant get his players to buy in.

          As for WVU, Holgs could get part of the Offense to buy in but he never could get the whole D on the same page. With Patterson moving to the Coord. position I think you'll see a different team and attitude. Kudos to Holgs for putting friendships aside and making the right decision.

          • Alum

            Shawn, I think he's a pitt fan; no OU fan is consistently this stupid.

    • jake_d

      yeah? how did marsha rank?

    • Hailey

      WVwho aka supafly, WVU had a great class, plenty of swagger, and do you really think if WVU was in the SEC they would not have had a better class?... you are so green with envy you can not objectively look at the facts

  • Wvuelite

    wow chad and big tom...negative much? Ford a statue, have you seen him play? Have you watched any A&M games?. Johnny football has one of the best arms in college football

    • chad

      Read muchbecause your comprehension skills are seriously lacking.

      Yes i have seen him play. He's a pure pocket passer. AKA a statue. I know "Johnny Football" can throw the ball. That's my point their McGenius. He can run and throw. That is what we need to take pressure off the passing game.

      How am I being negative?

      And Manzeil can throw sure, but one of the best arms in college football???? Hardly. He gets it done no doubt, but he does not have one of the best arms in colleg football. Not even close. Have you watched any A&M games?

      • Wvuelite

        Yes i have...every one of them. The SEC total yardage record and heisman speaks for itself. He didnt run for all those yards

        • chad

          Like i said your reading comprehension skills are very poor.

  • big tom

    despite what appears to be a fairly good class, wvu can expect to be non contenders for at least two more seasons in football. We are in for a terrible season this fall. we just won't stack up , our off. will be young and inexperienced ,and our def. will continue to be the joke of college football.. i say we struggle to win 6 games, and could easily not get a bowl bid. i love the eers but the talent is just not there, and some of the new coaching hires leaves bunches to be desired.
    sorry sports fans, wvu is in over their heads, let the record speak for itself.

    • Shawn

      Yea you don't really love them at all. You could be one of the most negative individuals I've ever seen when it comes to WVU sports. What you call a terrible season, would be called a rebuilding year by almost every coach in college football. Yea the offense is young just like the defense is. For you to make such a bold prediction before a snap is made shows pure ignorance and lack of sports intelligence. The talent is there and they have went out and recruited the kids who fit their system. In closing, I would like to say your comments are without merit and leave bunches to be desired. You my friend are over your head and your opinions and comments definitely speak for themselves. Sorry sports fans...you wont be seeing Big Tom in the coaching circuit anytime soon.

      • Stan

        Haha I love it. You sir are correct. Throw that cutty guy in along with obese tom.

      • big tom

        shawn, i do hope you feel better now . but i believe in reality and this coming fall, reality will set in.. brand new qb, receivers, new off. line, and a defense, that proved to everyone , it just hadn't improved one iota the entire season, after the way syracuse ran all over us, and that was suppose to be our defensive strength... now , no one wants them to win more than i do, but lets be real, what makes you think we can win more than 5 games this fall?.. seriously. think about it before you run your idiot mouth and show the world what we already knew, that you're just stupid.

        • Shawn

          Well Tom I'll try my best to keep it simple for you. But to answer your question, I see us winning 8 in this rebuilding year (your terrible season). We will win all 3 of our non-conference games and pick up 5 good wins in the conference. I will take an 8-4 record in a rebuilding year or as you like to call it, a "terrible season".

          Let me break it down for you slowly so you can understand how we compare to almost every team in the B12 next year. Every team except for 3 have a new QB starting the 2013 season and I like how ours stacks up against the rest.

          You're right Tom we have a lot of new faces at WR, O-line and on the D. My biggest concern is the O-line because its hard for newcomers to step right in and play. But we have two JC players in Tyler Tezeno and Stone Underwood who can step right in and start. Our WR's will be just fine because we are loaded with talent (Juco & Fr./So.) and all it takes it someone getting them the ball (Childress). Our speed is unreal so in space they will be unstoppable. The D added much needed linemen, backers and pass rushers. Our secondary will be much improved with the additions of Malik Greaves, Jeremy Tyler and Isaac McDonald. It will take them time to develop but they will help right away. And dont forget Vernon Davis can step in this year.

          We lacked depth last year and thats something we will have this coming year.

          And my last two points: First, our running game will be much improved with the addition of Dreamius Smith. He gives us a Shawne Alston type body but with more speed and shiftiness. Not to mention Garrison will be 100 percent this year. We really missed him last year. Second, our kicking game actually got a boost by recruiting an actual big time punter. Can I get an AMEN on that? Josh Lambert looks good kicking the field goals as well. Anything is better than last years guys. How long has it been since we had the Kicker, Punter and Holder on scholarship.

          Now Tom instead of coming on here and blowing me up with grade school comments, please next time put some substance behind your argument. I can admit that there will be down times during the season but at least I stand behind my team and root for them no matter what happens. Lets Go EERS!

          • Shawn

            Oh and I feel better now. Thanks!

          • Michael

            Take that big tom, if you're even big to begin with!!! Beating him up with stats galore. That a boy Shawn!!

          • Uncle Fester

            Shawn, you are truly dilusional. If you think idiot Holgorsen and WVU will go 8-4 next year, if you are buying into that garbage, then I have some ocean front property in Arizona I want to sell you. Reverse those numbers to 4-8 and you will have Holgorsen's and WVU's record for the next 2 seasons.
            Fire Holgorsen!!!!!!!!!!

          • Shawn

            Uncle Fester is priceless. I needed a good laugh on a Friday. Thanks dude you just made my day. Now could somebody please post something intelligent? Thank you and have a good day.

          • mikeU

            The only thing I disagree with is our O-line. We are losing some of the WORST lineman in the history of the program. Jenkins average 2 penalties a game on 3rd down. He gives up at least two sacks and one TFL a game as well. Any freshman or JUCO athelet with any sense of competition will be an upgrade.

            The Big 12 will be even more even next year. Oklahoma and KState will have a little dropoff, while Iowa State and Kansas will be much better. Anybody that thinks our defense won't improve needs only to look at our firing of DeForest Gump. The message was sent - the tolerance of weakness (DeForest's problem) is over.

            Childress will have some growing pains, no doubt. But the kid knows the Air Raid better than Geno ever did - this is Ford's SIXTH season in the system. He didn't some her for the scenery. He will mature fast, and he'll love passing against Big 12 defenses.

            My concern rests with which wideout will emerge as the go-to guy or the deep threat. But I see squirt stepping up. Jordan Thompson Spring last season wasn't a fluke. He was awesome. He just wasn't ready for the field. This year, he'll be doing Tavon impressions from game one.

            We'll be fine. We'll lose one game early and one conference game. We'll win the close ones this year with a kicking game that works. 10-2 and a BCS win. Think I'm nuts? You'd have thought the same thing in 2006 when we were down four touchdowns in the second half against Louisville and brought in a freshman qb with freshman receivers and running backs. They turned out to be White and Slaton and Reynaud and Schmitt. They also turned out 4 bowl wins and two BCS championships over, ahem, the SEC and Big 12.

          • Mac

            8 wins in the year after we lose 8 starters on offense... But our depth improved? We return the worst defense in school history. Oh yeah, 8 wins seems very reasonable... We only won 7 last year with a pair of first round NFL picks and 4 or 5 guys who will be NFL starters. We lose all of that are we're going to be better??

            I'm far more realistic. Big Tom can be a major detractor, but 6 wins may be wishful thinking. I only expect 5 wins this year. If WVU hits that 6 win mark it will be a successful season. Here's to hoping!

          • Brad

            You said it Shawn. No matter what true fans stand behind their teams
            Go EERs!!!!!!!

        • Randy

          u all talk rebuilding year for us, OSU is the only big 12 team not rebuilding name 1 team that isnt replacing their QB except Texas which both of them havent step up yet and i didnt forget about TCU there QB is to busy selling weed to focus on football lol

    • ATLpowderhorn

      Tom, dear Tom; the semi truck load of Klennex is pulling up in front of your house any moment. Do jump inside the trailer and close the door behind you and you can sob away all you want. The rest of us will gather in the bars, taverns if not being in Morgantown and Austin, Manhattan, Ames, and cheer our heads off. You'll miss Tallahassee and Clemson which will probably land in the Big XII East. It's hard to see such when your eyes are so blurrie from crying. Stop it!

      • Randy

        thank u ATLpowderhorn tom must be marshall fan lol poor guy

    • Alum

      Well tommy, I see that the view from mommy's basement is still cloudy and obstructing your vision.

      Speaking of jokes, who is the biggest negative joke here: tommy, billy, or larry? I think tommy wins the prize!

    • Ronnie

      Big Tom is a doubting Tom, with fans like him, who needs enemies. I bet hes a New York Yankee fan

    • Tom

      Little Tom you couldnt be more incorrect. This team will easily win 8 games this year. We lost talent on the offensive side of the ball and got bigger and badder on D. Right there we are a better team. Have you ever seen a Holgorson offense at any other school he coached at? I doubt it. The O is simple and effective, it will cater to the specific talent of whichever qb wins the job and will be as successful as last year. In case you forgot our HIGH powered O that we will never match from last season scored no more than 14 in several key games. 8+ wins this season.

    • Hailey

      big tom, drink the kool-aide my friend... WVU will be just fine, hate to rain on your parade but I along with many other WVU fans are exicted about the direction this program is heading, jump on board if you are truly "a fan"..cough, cough.

  • chad

    I can't wait to see what Holgorsen and Dawson can do with Rawlins. Forget Ford Childress, he's a statue. We need a guy who can run as well as pass and that is Chavis Rawlins. Think a taller Johnny Football

    • Randy

      childress is the guy he knows the offence real well rawlins will be use like tebow was with chris leak in meyer's offence cause rawlins is to great of an athlete to sit on the bench u might see him at WR and the wildcat