West Virginia’s 24-member recruiting class appears stable, but the Mountaineers have more scholarships available, and a National Signing Day without drama wouldn’t be a signing day at all. Keenan Cummings, senior writer for the Rivals website WVSports.com, provides his take on the undecided prospects being pursued by WVU at the wire.
Will Marquion Lane give WVU the help it needs at cornerback?
Cummings: Lane will announce his decision tomorrow morning around 9:20 a.m. in DeLand, Fla., and it appears West Virginia is very likely to get his signature based off his comments identifying the Mountaineers as his favorite since December. This past weekend’s visit to Morgantown was his first official visit and he came away very impressed. A rangy 6-foot-2 corner who also excels on offense, Lane would be a very quality addition to the 2013 class.
Does safety Jeremy Tyler choose Nashville or Morgantown?
Cummings: Tyler is down to West Virginia and Vanderbilt and will make his decision Wednesday around 10 a.m. at his high school. The Lithonia (Ga.) safety appears to be evenly split between the two programs and is coming off back-to-back official visits to check out each. Tyler has the ability to play different positions in the secondary.
Will WVU assistant Tony Gibson bring Mario Alford and Brandon Golson back East?
Cummings: The receiver Alford (5-9, 175) and the linebacker Golson (6-3, 220) — teammates at Georgia Military College — have been on the radar since they officially visited WVU the weekend of Jan. 25. They have strong ties to Gibson, as both are currently Arizona commits. But this race could go either way as both prospects have gone silent down the stretch. Alford would add another explosive playmaker, while Golson is another quality prospect who will add size and speed to the defense.
Is Daryl Chestnut serious about Western Michigan?
Cummings: Chestnut surprisingly committed to Western Michigan last week, but elected to take a previously planned official visit to West Virginia this past weekend that he said went well. He hasn’t said much after the trip, but the Mountaineers are considered to have a very good shot at signing the talented running back. Chestnut has favored West Virginia since early in the process and has built a very close relationship with lead recruiter Robert Gillespie. Will it be enough to get him to flip his commitment? Chestnut has been on the board since early in the process, but the decommit of Zaire Williams obviously has made the Miami native’s decision much more interesting.
Does WVU still feel secure about four-star receiver Shelton Gibson?
Cummings: I’m told that Gibson is fully expected to sign with West Virginia (over Ohio State, Auburn and Pitt), but I’ll never say anything is a lock in recruiting.