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Coach Holgorsen, West Virginia show off recruiting class

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By Josh Sickles
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia football coach Dana Holgorsen said he wanted to land 30 recruits for 2012.

He didn't quite get there, but he came close.

West Virginia received letters of intent from 26 high school seniors — 14 on offense, 12 on defense — Holgorsen announced Wednesday.

Of the 26 commitments, five enrolled in early January, allowing them to count toward last year's class. West Virginia signed 17 recruits last February.

Holgorsen's first class is balanced, as West Virginia wanted to create depth at several positions. The Mountaineers specifically stockpiled four positions — receiver (7), secondary (6), offensive line (4) and defensive line (4) — but the class still addressed every position.

"We felt like we needed a little bit of everything and were able to get a little bit of everything," Holgorsen said. "I don't think it's one specific area we wanted to get. We just wanted to hit all areas."

West Virginia continued its pipeline from the South, signing 11 recruits from Florida. The staff also increased efforts in Texas, securing four players. It's a trend Holgorsen said he would like to continue, considering the school's impending move to the Big 12.

"It's a priority," Holgorsen said. "We're going to go there. We get guys from Houston and Dallas and surrounding those two metropolitan areas all the time, but it has to be a good fit."

The Mountaineers struggled locally. They signed just one Pennsylvania prospect, junior college offensive lineman Mark Glowinski, and none from West Virginia.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Glowinski is the only junior college transfer West Virginia signed. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh expects him to contribute immediately.

"That kid understands that he's got two years to play, and we're not looking to redshirt him," Bedenbaugh said. "He's coming in here to play, and he's got to earn it."

The highest-ranked recruit in the class is Deontay McManus of Dunbar High School in Baltimore, the same high school that produced receiver Tavon Austin. McManus, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com, caught 40 passes for 590 yards and six touchdowns this season.

Offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky from St. Edwards (Ohio) and linebacker Sam Lebbie from DeMatha (Md.) were also four-star prospects, according to Scout.com.

West Virginia will have 61 scholarship players entering spring practice, a number that could drop by attrition, plus the 21 recruits that will arrive on campus June 10th. Still, that leaves room for the Mountaineers to add late-bloomers or transfers, something Holgorsen said could happen.

"We've still got a couple open spots for 2012," he said, "so we'll continue to look if something comes available."

West Virginia's class

Player, Position, High School, Height, weight, Rivals ranking

Deontay McManus, WR, Baltimore Dunbar (Md.), 6-1, 209, 4-star

*Imarjaye Albury, DT, Miami Northwestern (Fla.), 6-1, 280, 3-star

*Ford Childress, QB, Houston Kinkaid (Texas), 6-4, 210, 3-star

*Karl Joseph, DB, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater, 5-11, 190, 3-star

*Sean Walters, DB, Hallandale (Fla.), 6-2, 195, 3-star

Christian Brown, DT, Bridgeton (N.J.), 6-3, 290, 3-star

Roshard Burney, RB, Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.), 5-10, 205, 3-star

Torry Clayton, RB, South Dade (Fla.), 5-9, 195, 3-star

Kimlon Dillon, DB, Apopka (Fla.), 6-2, 185, 3-star

Mark Glowinski, OL, Scranton Lackawanna C.C., 6-5, 290, 3-star

Korey Harris, DE, Bartram Trail (Fla.), 6-4, 230, 3-star

Garrett Hope, LB, The Woodlands (Texas), 6-3, 225, 3-star

Will Johnson, TE, Osseo (Minn.), 6-6, 245, 3-star

Darreall Joyner, WR, Miami Central, 5-11, 180, 3-star

Nana Kyeremeh, DB, Thomas Worthington (Ohio), 5-11, 170, 3-star

Sam Lebbie, LB, Hyattsville (Md.), DeMatha, 6-2, 215, 3-star

Devonte Mathis, WR, Miramar (Fla.), 6-2, 210, 3-star

Tony Matteo, OL, Akron (Ohio), Manchester, 6-5, 280, 3-star

Brandon Napolean, CB, St. Peter's Prep (N.J.), 6-0, 175, 3-star

Noble Nwachukwu, DE, Wylie (Texas), 6-2, 240, 3-star

Tyler Orlosky, OL, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, 6-4, 290, 3-star

Devonte Robinson, WR, Delray Beach (Fla.), Village Academy, 6-1, 170, 3-star

*Jordan Thompson, WR, Katy (Texas), 5-9, 163, 2-star

Jarrod Harper, DB, Frostburg, (Md.) Mountain Ridge, 5-11, 200, 2-star

The five January enrollees bolster this class — an important first try for coach Dana Holgorsen, who needs to replace two starters each on both lines and the secondary and improve depth at wide receiver. Childress, the son of former Houston Oiler Ray Childress, threw for 3,100 yards and 41 TDs last season.

*Enrolled early

Where do they rank?

Here's how the 2012 recruiting classes at Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia compare to the nation's best, according to Rivals.com and Scout.com:

Rivals.com

1. Alabama

2. Texas

3. Florida

4. Ohio State

5. Stanford

6. Florida State

7. Michigan

8. USC

9. Miami (Fla.)

10. Oklahoma

11. Auburn

12. UCLA

13. Clemson

14. Texas A&M

15. Oregon

16. LSU

17. Tennessee

18. South Carolina

19. Georgia

20. Virginia Tech

21. Notre Dame

22. Washington

23. Rutgers

24. Nebraska

25. Texas Tech

Local schools: 46. West Virginia, 48. Pitt, 50. Penn State

Scout.com

1. Texas

2. Alabama

3. Ohio State

4. Michigan

5. Florida

6. Stanford

7. LSU

8. Miami (Fla.)

9. Oklahoma

10. Florida State

11. UCLA

12. South Carolina

13. Georgia

14. Auburn

15. Oregon

16. Clemson

17. Texas A&M

18. Notre Dame

19. USC

20. Arkansas

21. Mississippi State

22. Washington

23. Texas Tech

24. Tennessee

25. Virginia Tech

Local schools: 26. West Virginia, 39. Pitt, 48. Penn State

 

 
 


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