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If college football adds an early signing period in December, might January events such as the recent Under Armour All-American game encourage recruits to withhold their commitment announcements?

 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — College football stands on the verge of enacting the early signing period that coaches and recruiting coordinators have long favored.

Under a recommendation from the Collegiate Commissioner’s Association, next Dec. 16 would begin a 72-hour early signing period for football prospects—stealing some of the drama from February’s national signing day. That’s fine with schools, who only disagree on how early to let recruits sign. (The SEC favored the Monday after Thanksgiving, and the ACC, in a move that would completely revamp the recruiting schedule, pitched Aug. 1.)

If approved by commissioners this spring, the mid-December signing period would be given a two-year trial. Who gains and who loses from the proposal sounds circumstantial.

“I’m not sure that there are big-school benefits or small-school benefits,” said West Virginia director of player personnel Ryan Dorchester. “But it certainly makes those first few December weekends pretty important.”

More questions to consider:

Why do coaches want it?
Because it makes their lives easier in January. Assistants typically spend the month trying to retain longstanding commitments by fending off outside schools making a last-ditch charge. (Of course, some of the same coaches who complain are themselves trying to flip kids committed to other programs.)

Locking down a portion of the class before Christmas reduces the necessity of babysitting 20-plus prospects by allowing coaches to focus solely on the recruits who are legitimately up in the air.

But wouldn’t the frenzy simply shift to December?
To some degree, yes, the madness would only be expedited. But with the NCAA regular season stretching through the first weekend of December, and bowl preparations starting soon after, the unabated focus on flipping commits would be diminished because of a compressed timetable.

How do prospects feel about an early signing period?
The ones who are 100-percent committed presumably would embrace the chance to make their signings official and pre-empt another 45 days’ worth of calls from competing schools.

However, one Big 12 assistant who downplayed the Wild West reputation of late-cycle recruiting, said outside schools already have a sense of what kids are “in play” and which ones aren’t budging.

“The kids have control over that, and they can shut it down,” he said.

Rivals writer Keenan Cummings, who covers recruiting for WVSports.com, isn’t convinced a high percentage of blue-chip prospects will sign in December.

“I think the top players will still wait, because they like the attention,” he said.

Why Dec. 16?
Because that’s the same date midyear junior college enrollees can sign.

Will it help curb recruiting budgets?
Some savings could be realized, because coaches won’t be traveling to see as many prospects during January. But there’s a sense that schools may simply double-down by committing more resources to the smaller pool of top players left unsigned.

Will schools assume more academic risk?
West Virginia has become more rigid the past two years about declining to sign players who are academic risks. The qualifiers are easier to project in February.

Dorchester said an early signing period, which occurs before some high schools finalize their December grades, could force a decision on borderline players.

Will national all-star games urge players to withhold announcements for TV’s sake?
Early signings could undercut the recruiting drama from the Under Armour, U.S. Army and Semper Fi games staged in early January. Might all-star organizers become more adamant that players prolong the mystery for the sake of ratings?

“That’s a possibility, because that’s the main reason why people watch those games—to see the players announce,” Cummings said. “It’s certainly not to see high school kids who have been practicing together for a week wallow around the field. Those games are not good football.”

How might early signings have impacted West Virginia recently?
Cummings pointed to former three-star offensive lineman Josh Krok, who committed to the Mountaineers in June 2013 but flipped to Kentucky in January 2014.

While a December signing date might have pre-empted Krok’s change of schools, it also might have stopped West Virginia from flipping Arizona commits Mario Alford and Brandon Golson on signing day in 2013.

“It will be interesting to see the impact, especially for commitments who don’t want to sign early,” Cummings said. “How is a school going to react to a player taking other visits once he’s committed? Some schools don’t have any tolerance for it—if you visit another school then they consider you decommitted. West Virginia has been lenient with high-end players but not so lenient with others.”

What about schools changing head coaches?
That’s tricky. Take the situation unfolding at Michigan, which has only six commitments but finds Jim Harbaugh and his new staff trying to mount a late haul.

An FBS recruiting staffer suggested early signings would have killed the Wolverines this year, because most of the kids they’re trying to pry loose from other commitments “would already be off the table.”

Athletics directors already are cognizant of bringing aboard their new hires in advance of February signing day—witness the Dec. 4 hirings of Florida’s Jim McElwain and Nebraska’s Mike Riley, and Oregon State filling Riley’s vacancy with Gary Anderson only a week later.

With signing day moved up to Dec. 16, there’s the potential for more in-season firings in order to allow ADs a jump on their back-channel coaching searches.

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  • Help WBG

    Mr WBG, who would you like to hire as coach that can get a Florida kid to choose WVU over FSU, a Texas kid over Texas, TCU, Texas AM, Baylor, Oklahoma and many more. You are correct, there is no reason to talk about in state talent because we have to none.

    • West by God

      You don't need a coach to get an FSU recruit to Morgantown. You don't need to out recruit Texas. You need to coach the players you get! WV will always finish between 25-45 in recruiting rankings, we always have - always will. Stop counting freakin stars beside a recruits name. Football aint about stars! TCU did not out recruit Texas this year or any other year, they simply have a better team. By the way we have had a better recruiting class (by that I mean higher ranked) than TCU the last two years, so that excuse is gone. This is not a recruiting problem, a state problem, a Bill Stewart problem, a facilities problem. IT IS A DAMN COACHING PROBLEM!

      • The Cat

        Wow ! .....Are you a nut.? You lost it....
        Ther is no ( we ).

      • J the C

        It's a west by god problem.

      • 4WVU

        Not, there is no coaching problem, Head Coach Dana Holgorsen is doing fine getting us in shape to be competitive in the Big12. Like it or not it's a different world we 're in now, try all you want to say the Big12 isn't better if that makes you feel better. The bottom line is the better teams won. WVU isn't the only program in the country to struggle from time to time, look at Alabama, Tennessee, Miami, Virginia Tech, Penn St, USC, Michigan the list goes on and on. WVU is righting the ship and starting in 2015 will be competing for the Big12 Championship. Now go ahead with your rambling rage if that makes you feel better.

        • Mister Man

          Yup.

        • J the C

          +1

  • Nope

    Baylor won big 12, not TCU.

    Will someone please tell me when USF Louisville and Cincinnati were all hitting their stride so I can look up information on that year?

    The Big East would always play nonpower five conferences in their bowl games. This is what Marshall does now. The big east with those teams has never been close to what the big 12 was this year.

    • MW

      You'd never know it by the bowl game results.

      • Nope

        Please tell me the year the Big East was good. I'm not claiming the Big 12 was great... Just no comparison to the former Big East. Tell me when the BIg East compared (after Miami and VT left). We are comparing, we arent saying Big 12 good, Big 12 bad.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    We got Geno late ( thanks to Doc ) after Boyd bolted late .

  • West by God

    TCU of the Mountain West just won the Big 12 conference without a top 25 recruiting class in any of the last four years. Enough said, checkmate! Keep making excuses. Talk about depth, talk about recruiting stars, talk about in state talent, talk about how tough the Big 12 is; But you better talk about coaching because that is where the problem lies!!!!

    • Gizmolarge

      And did not make the playoff

    • J the C

      Your points prove nothing, lame wad.

  • Jdawg

    Recruiting, minus white and Alford from the juco ranks- who has stood out? Compared to say former good players such as geno tavon slaton bailey white the beer truck?

    • West by God

      BINGO

  • Jdawg

    Hey jack birds since when did wvu out recruit the big schools? Never! Good coaching, hard work and the development of younger players is what we do, not five star recruits!

    • Aaron

      I think that's what we have to do, cause we don't get the ohio state type recruits.

    • West by God

      BINGO

  • Oh No

    What will I do now that you have moved on without me? How can I miss those six or seven wins and a trip to the Liberty Bowl. Please tell me you will not go to Memphis, TN without me! Now drink your Kool Aid Bey - otch!

    • 4WVU

      Funny, didn't even miss you being there, oh well don't feel bad, irrelevant will get crowded between you Head Coach Dana Holgorsen haters and The Marshall Thundering Herd program and fans.

  • 4WVU

    Blah, blah, blah cry me a river you guys don't like the coach, guess what? Doesn't matter what you like. Fact is Holgorsen's the coach and that's that, put that in your pipe and smoke it! Long live WVU football long live Head Coach Dana Holgorsen! The past is gone, over and done with, our future is Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and the Big12, love it, embrace it or shut up and go away because we're moving on with or without you!

    • MW

      That's interesting.

      The Herd is back.

      Now, WVU is moving on. The question is where?

    • WVU86

      Blah, blah, blah to 4WVU - and other DH fans. First of all, Holgs is the coach for another year and nothing is guaranteed after that, thus the "long live" battle cry may be good for one more 7-6 season ... if WVU is lucky. New AD - who no doubt has successors from SEC land in mind - means much more likelihood of change. I love how Ollie has skipped town so he no longer has to justify his "9-3 is not good enough" statement. I still haven't seen any shred of proof from any DH supporter that his recruits are (or will be) any better than those of the previous two coaches. How many QBs has DH gone through? More in one season than RR and BS combined, beginning with Pat White.

      Spare me the Big East/Big 12 comparison for two reasons: 1. There is a decent list of RR and BS players doing fine in the NFL compared to what, zero for DH. 2. the Big 12 was lame this year. Only TCU - a recent transplant to the Big 12 no less - earned its final-season ranking. Look how bad the other Big 12 front-runners failed during the bowl season and earned NO regular season wins over any Power 5 ranked teams. Here's hoping WVU returns to 9-3 seasons. I just don't see it with DH at the helm.

      • 4WVU

        And if he's only the coach one more year then my battle cry will be for the new coach. It's all about blue, gold and the flying WV, I'm all in, 100% support for whoever the coach is, whoever the players are, I support any man, woman or child that is a part of our great WVU atheletic department. If it ain't blue & gold or don't bleed blue & gold then it ain't sh*t!

        • Aaron

          that's actually blue and mustard

        • WVU86

          4WVU - Nice that you support WVU with such conviction (but poor grammar). Who doesn't want to see WVU beat a Top 10 team?

          Yet, answer this: Do you think Dana is a good head coach or not? Do you think WVU is heading to the top of the Big 12 with him at the helm?

          I take exception to those like you who criticize anyone who criticizes the current state of affairs for WVU football. It's obvious the program is spinning its wheels. If it is not, convince me - and other DH critics - otherwise.

          • WVU86

            4WVU - We will have to agree to disagree on whether DH is a good head coach or not. A rather absurd remark to say WVU is going to win 10-plus next season when, yet again, the quarterback will be a first-year starter. How can WVU win 10 games when DH has yet to have a starting QB for an entire season (Geno doesn't count, he wasn't a DH recruit)?

          • West by God

            Name those players 4WVU

          • 4WVU

            Yes I think Mr. Holgorsen is a good coach, he was a good assistant coach and is developing into a good head coach. He has brought more overall talent to the WVU program than any other time, I'm talking top to bottom talent not just 2 or 3 real good players a season. He has this program headed in the right direction and after next years breakout 10+ win season everyone will that he does know what it takes to be competitive in the Big12. Those who can't seem to see a difference in the Big12 and the now extinct Big East apparently don't know much about football. Yes WVU won some big games in the past, yes WVU won some BCS games in the past but just like present times they also underachieved quite often, lost games that they should have won, you guys complain now while in reality one of the best teams we had laid an egg with a national championship on the line, in the next era it might have been all 9-3 seasons but each year underachieved as to the talent verses the competition, so yes I'm standing by my comments and yes I fully support Head Coach Dana Holgorsen.

          • West by God

            He can't prove you wrong, his mouth is full of Kool-Aid.

    • Oh No

      What will I do now that you have moved on without me? How can I miss those six or seven wins and a trip to the Liberty Bowl. Please tell me you will not go to Memphis, TN without me! Now drink your Kool Aid Bey - otch and get Dana's junk out ya throat.

  • Robin

    How quick can we flip DH when it is announced is the key?

  • Mike

    WVU can't compete head to head with the top schools in recruiting. That is why their record and recruiting classes are always mediocre. It is even harder now because when we were in the Big East you could get more Florida athletes. They knew they would be going back home and playing a couple games. Now being in the Big 12 it makes it harder for those Florida athletes to come to Morgantown bc they will never play in their home state. I don't think WVU has any chance on getting a good recruiting line out of Texas like they did Florida.

    • WVU86

      Mike - Ollie's hire of DH was, in part, was that he (supposedly) would provide the recruiting pipeline to Texas, i.e. Big 12 country. Nearly all roads - if not all - for WVU's current "average" program lead back to the head coach. WVU has never has/never will compete with the top schools in recruiting. A return to 9-3 or better days will have to begin with a change in mindset beginning with the AD and then the head coach.

    • Capt. Obvious

      You do know that Charlie Strong's top recruits are coming from FL, right?

      • Mike

        Texas > WVU. I don't think I would ever compare Texas recruiting class to WVU. There is no comparison what so ever. Strong was a coach a Florida so I am sure he has a lot stronger ties to athletes there compared to any WVU coach. I'm sure Strong is still getting recruits from Florida. But, I highly doubt Strong is taking their very top athletes. Therefore, I doubt it is hurting Florida State, Florida or Miami's recruiting class. You have to look at the programs and where they are located "Capt Obvious"

        • Aaron

          I concur

    • GoEers

      Hi Mike,

      I know from previous posts that you are a jealous WVU hater, but please try to at least get your facts straight about WVU's recruiting in Florida.

      Tyrek Cole 4 star prospect from Miami
      Jovon Durante 4 star prospect from Miramar
      Antonio Howard 3 start from Hialeah, FL
      Kahlil Lewis 3 star from Miramar
      Tavares Martin 3 star from Greenacres, FL

      There are 4 more 3 start commits from Florida bringing the total # of 9 for the latest class.

      Have a nice day

      • MW

        Provided they are eligible.

      • West by God

        Way to drive his point home GoEers, you are a genius.

        • GoEers

          how is WVU landing 9 recruits from the state of florida driving his point home? Almost half the class is from Florida. Since you're such a big WVU fan I am sure you know how many recruits WVU gets from Florida on average.

          You and your marshall buddy mike sure do stick together. After reading your posts, I just feel sorry for how miserable of a human being you are.

      • Mike

        For one I don' think I would be writing home about seven 3-star recruits. You actually help of my point I would consider 3-star recruits mediocre. So thanks for helping me.

        PS...I don't think any of them have sign letter of intent yet. So get back to me when all 9 sign (I don't think you will get even half to sign)

        • GoEers

          So you're saying wvu will only get 4-5 recruits from Florida in this class?

          Let's chat about that # after signing day. I am sure you will have changed your screen name twice.

          Poor mike, I am so sorry that you are jealous and envious about WVU to the point where you can't post any facts. Just nothing but lies or opinions from you.

        • GoEers

          hey mike you said WVU is having a hard time recruiting Florida athletes...I provided you with a list of 9 Florida recruits...those 9 makeup close to 50% of the verbal commitments

          How many more would you like? And you consider 3 star recruits as mediocre? I guess pat white, steve slaton, and Steadman bailey were all mediocre.

          You're a typical marshall fan that wishes the worst for WVU while posting absolute inaccuracies. To make matters worse you can't even admit when you're wrong.

          Go back to the marshall section and read about how your basketball team is back!

          • Mike

            Lol for one I am not a Marshall fan. I am just stating the obvious that some are blinded to see. Steve Slaton, Pat White and Bailey were mediocre when the were recruited. Steve Slaton came in as the number 3rd or 4th RB on the depth chart. Jason Gwaltney was the top back when they came. Rich Rod gave Slaton a chance after others wasn't getting the job done and he exploded in that offense. The only offer Pat White had to play QB was WVU. When he came in Adam Bednarik was the QB until he got hurt. Pat White also exploded in Rich Rod's offense. Those two were definitely great college players but, I think with the help of Rich Rod's offense helped them flourish. I think I agree with a lot of other comments that people say WVU is a 3-star recruiting school. Which is fine but I think you need that coach with a great offense to help those players flourish. I just don't see Holgs offense doing that with his recruits. I do like to see WVU win and have a great offense that puts up a lot of points on a weekly basis but I yet to see Holgs do that with his recruits. And don't go around saying people are jealous of WVU bc you make yourself look stupid. I don't think many people outside of the state of WV are jealous of a team that goes 7-6 so don't be ignorant.

  • Ron from Morgantown

    One potential problem with an early signing period would be the inability of Power 5 teams to poach a player from a non Power 5 as a last option due to an unexpected event . Whether it be grades / injury / last second defection / .... Power 5 schools like to grab a player from smaller schools as an insurance policy late in the recruiting game . Now that can't happen because the smaller schools will have the players signed , sealed , and delivered .

    • Aaron

      that won't be a problem, simply leave a few slots open for transfers ,or late comers. Easily solved.

      • Ron from Morgantown

        That's what they used to do ... , sort of , but now they can't . Because it doesn't matter if you save a spot if no players are available .

  • Big East?

    Please don't tell me we are resorting to Pat White and the CFL subs to attempt to prove we had good players prior to Holgorsen. We beat the likes of USF, UConn and Cincinnati with these people. Not that I'm a great quarterback, but I have as many NFL completions and one less concussion than Pat White.

    • Not So Fast

      We beat the likes of Georgia and Oklahoma as well. Pat White and the crew fit the system Rich Rod had in place. The thing is, Pat White wouldn't have gotten his shot if it weren't for an injury.

      Talent helps but buying into a system and playing within that system will win you ball games. This was the first year that the whole team bought into what Holgorsen and Co. was selling. Next year will be an improvement as well.

    • Gizmolarge

      Pat M is only true nfl caliber player, nuff said big east and the boyz are rt. viva la Mexico!

  • Jake

    when power 5 conferences make the full cost of attending school available then I can see the lower rated players jumping to sign with one of those schools. The higher rated kids not so much.

  • West by God

    I am so sick of the idiots posting about Dana and the great job he is doing recruiting. He is recruiting like he is coaching which is average and mediocre. This recruiting class looks like every other class at WV, nothing special about it! You win at WV by finding a couple diamonds in the rough than building the guys you got with a blue collar approach. You have to coach and develop the players and Dana can't do that!

    • J the C

      I'm so sick of you and your ilk!

    • William

      And i am sick of anything you say any post you post . Go back to the hole you crawled out of and please quit posting , Your parents must have said the word CANT to you a lot when they were trying to raise you . cant cant cant cant cant .

      • GoEers

        He has a negative attitude towards all the coaches, players, and recruits associated with WVU. He's the worst kind of fan.

    • Aaron

      You can use Kansas state recruiting as a winning example. They have a pipeline to JC's instate, where we have lakawanna as our out of state favorite.
      But in order for us to win consistently ,we must have great facilities, great coaching staff, great recruiters,and a system set up to develop players over time.Wv is lucky to have 1 div 1 recruit every yr, and we don't seem to nab that one everytime.
      The big 12 is years apart from the big east, playing ranked competition almost every week is a far cry from playing in the big east .
      Yes ,with time to prepare, we beat Georgia, Oklahoma, and Clemson, but week in and week out, we don't have the talent depth to win titles, it just isn';t going to happen.

      • Rick S.

        Georgia, Oklahoma, and Clemson had just as much time to prepare. What were their excuses?

        • Aaron

          I just think they might have been a bit overconfident, and we caught them with their little boy pants on.

        • Mister Man

          There is that.

      • West by God

        We disagree on this, the Big 12 is extremely over-rated and the bowl season proved it! Are number #1 team is a MWC escapee. This years Big 12 is no better than the Big East when WV, Louisville, Cinn, and USF were hitting their stride It's just another excuse! Dana has a thousand reasons why he can't win, we need a coach that can find a reason to win! All the obstacles we have today we had 10,20,30 years ago!

        Compare TCU and WV roster in terms of recruiting class/rankings and I think you will be surprised what you find.Than tell me coaching has nothing to do with it! Tell me about the number of stars, the problems with depth, etc.

        • Just Axin

          The mighty SEC West went ofer in the bowls too. Does that mean the SEC is overrated?

        • Observer

          No, I can't agree with you, for example, how man NC's by those big east teams you mentioned?

          NO , week in and week out, the big 12 is light yrs ahead of that big east you mentioned. My word is my bond.

          • West by God

            TCU of the Mountain West just won the Big 12 conference without a top 25 recruiting in any of the last four years. Enough said, checkmate!

        • Aaron

          your glass is half empty

          • West by God

            And your glass is full of Kool Aid!

        • To be fair

          You understand that the person currenly posting under this name is the same simpleton that steals your moniker and post under it as well as others, right?

          • To be fair...

            "Aaron

            aaron,"

            Good lord idiot, who in gawd's name are you talking to. You seriously have got be be one of the biggest imbeciles to ever post on the internet. Could one be any more inept?

          • Aaron

            aaron, shame on you, you're up to your ole tricks again, trying your best , but then again, you always are out witted, which is easily done

          • Why not

            He's kind of stupid, isn't he

            Oh, who are we kidding? There's no kind of about it, is there!!!

          • West by God

            Yes I do.

          • Observer

            aaron, aaron is that you? talk to me, I want you back,, please , i'll hold my breath until your're back

          • Aaron

            "I will never post on this site again," and my word is my bond" , without honesty, what are we but apes in the jungle"

        • Hard to believe

          You are correct, that is surprising. West Virginia and TCU are almost identical in terms of ranking and stars. West Virginia actually is a little bit ahead of TCU on paper.

    • Jon L

      I agree, he is just an average or below average recruiter. I would say Stew recruited better than Holgs. Stew might not have used all his scholarships but he did recruit Geno, Tavon and Stedman. I don't see one guy that Holg has recruited that has committed out of HS (so Kevin White doesn't count) even close to those 3. It is the same thing every year with him.

      • Mister Man

        So Kevin White doesn't count because he wasn't recruited?

        • Jon L

          White was a juco player. I don't think that counts when I are talking about high school 3 and 4 star athletes. So no I wouldn't say white counts.

    • 4WVU

      If you don't think Holgorsen is doing a good job recruiting then that just proves what people thought about your posts all along, you don't have a clue what you're talking about. At no time in WVU has recruiting been better than under coach Holgorsen. It's amusing how people are eager to bash this coach yet don't have the courage to acknowledge what positives he has brought to the program. I understand that these post are a very slim sample, less than .001% of the so called fan base so it doesn't really matter but it would be just as easy to be positive and support WVU and quit with the demeaning remarks for the world to see how ignorant some of you are when Bleacher a Report picks up a Metro News article for their site.

      • Mountain Man

        There are no positives you fool, we can't even catch a punt.

      • West by God

        Wow you free based the Kool-Aid. Recruiting is no better now and maybe worse because the Florida pipeline is drying up! Holgersen has done nothing more than Rich Rod and even Stew for that matter.

      • El Supremo

        WHOA their partner! Your statements indicate you are biased and opinionated.
        You boldly, made the statement, "At no time in WVU has recruiting been better than under coach Holgorsen."

        Your memory is also extremely short. How fast can you say, "Pat White, Steve Slaton, Pat McAfee, Dan Moses, Darius Reynaud, Owen Schmitt, etc. All on the same team and playing at a sustained level not yet attained by Coach Holgorsen's recruits.

        In the future, if you are going to make claims, please back them up with FACTS.

        • Aaron

          now aaron, you need to try another name

        • To be fair...

          Pat White was a 3 star recruit who shunned state schools in Alabama, gave a verbal to LSU as an athlete and came to WVU when he was promised the opportunity to play QB.

          Steve Slaton was a 3 star running back who committed to Maryland and his scholarship was pulled. He chose WVU after the fact.

          Owen Schmitt was a walk on after playing his freshman at Wisconsin - River Falls.

          Darius Reynaud was a 3 star receiver out of LA who got no offers from SEC or Big 12 schools.

          Dan Mozes was a 2 star recruit who's only other offer was from KY. He didn't even rate an offer from Marshall.

          Of the players you listed, no one was knocking the door down to get them.

          • charley brown

            Ole there you go again, please give us a break , give the whole site a break, give your mom and dad a break, just go back to Huntington cc , crawl back into you wet little hole and make a new plan, this one is so old.

          • Mister Man

            True that.

          • Aaron

            once again, you are distorting the truth.

        • DIASPORA

          Let's be fair. Those players did play in a watered down Big East conference, that wasn't even the somewhat competitive conference it was when it played its first "round robin" in 1993. Yes, there were some great bowl victories that give weight to your point. But from a standpoint of conference play, I can not agree.

          I will again say, Art Briles took 4-5 years, a couple of those real dogs, to get Baylor at the level they play at, and look at their non-conference opponents. I would say Holgerson has done as well as can be expected, considering both the conference and non-conference opponents. Does he live up to the hype and expectations of 2011 when he began? Certainly not. But in this day and age, all new coaches are overly hyped and are going to "bring a national championship" to their new employer.

          • West by God

            Another myth "the Big 12 is a great conference" Horse crap if it were not for TCU the Big 12 would have looked like the MAC conference during bowl season. That is the same TCU that came from the MWC which is even worse than the Big East. More excuses so you can sleep at night. West Virginia has done nothing but under achieve since Dana arrived. FACE IT and OWN IT! Your excuses are do not hold water.

          • Aaron

            I think you are desperate to try and exhibit some level of intelligence, but once again you have failed. try someother name.

    • thank you

      Thank you WBG, I keep hearing about this nationally ranked class as it continues to drop while the power schools come in and sign the big names. And yes this looks like a typical WV recruiting class. It may even end up worse than usual if commits continue to jump ship.

      • 4WVU

        If it worries you then jump ship now, we need to get rid of the rats anyhow. When Head Coach Dana Holgorsen prevails you nay sayers need to keep in the corner and keep your mouths shut. Don't need you guys next year when the talley is 10+, the bandwagon is in Huntington!

  • The Only Mexican in West Virginia

    "What does it mean to have an early signing period for WVU Football?"

    It means that Dana gets to know about all the decommitments at an earlier date.