MORGANTOWN, W.VA. — Four-star prospects William Crest and Dravon Henry were among 10 football signees newly enrolled Monday for the start of the second summer school session at West Virginia.
That group of fresh arrivals includes nine freshmen and one graduate transfer, former Pitt cornerback Cullen Christian. A breakdown of who’s here, who’s en route and who’s gone from a recruiting class that Rivals ranked 45th.
WVU SUMMER ENROLLEES
Amanii Brown (Morgantown, W.Va.): Offensive lineman likely to redshirt.
Yodny Cajuste (Miramar, Fla.): Offensive lineman likely to redshirt.
William Crest (Baltimore): West Virginia’s highest-rated quarterback signee in years was dubbed “Little Geno” after committing to the Mountaineers.
Jaleel Fields (Aliquippa, Pa.): High-motor defensive lineman viewed as a redshirt candidate.
Dravon Henry (Aliquippa, Pa.): Whether it’s at safety, corner or special teams, he’s expected to see the field somewhere in 2014.
Tyree Owens (Oviedo, Fla.): Three-star defensive end who likely needs a redshirt year to bulk up.
Lamar Parker (Miami): A true freshman receiver has seen valuable playing time in each of Holgorsen’s three season at WVU, and Parker could be the next.
Xavier Preston (Jensen Beach, Fla.): Three-star linebacker could be a special-teamer next season.
Walter Rauterkus (Avon, Ohio): Offensive lineman likely to redshirt.
Cullen Christian (graduate transfer): Former top-100 recruit in 2010 who played one season at Michigan and two at PItt.
There may be howls for Crest to see immediate playing time if West Virginia’s offense struggles out of the gate, a likelihood when facing the defenses from Alabama and Maryland. But with Crest unable to enroll in time for spring practice, it’s hard to see him being prepared as a true freshman. The ideal scenario involves Crest redshirting next season—or receiving low-pressure reps behind Clint Trickett—before ascending to the starting job in 2015.
Henry could prove to be a monumental signee for defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, who beat out Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Pitt and Penn State to land the nation’s No. 16-rated safety.