It's June 24 and the Mountaineers currently have eight verbal commitments. While that number may pale in comparison to the high numbers of schools like Texas (17 current commits), it's a huge step in the right direction compared to having just one at this time last year pledged to WVU.
Just this week, West Virginia has picked up three major verbals:
- Brandon Napoleon (athlete) -- The son of Mountaineer favorite Eugene Napolean, Brandon is a high school quarterback likely to play running back or corner in college. Napolean, who was strongly considering Indiana because of their offer to play QB, finally chose WVU after camping last weekend. He also had outstanding offers from UNC, Rutgers, Illinois, and UConn.
- Tyler Orlosky (offensive guard) -- A four-star rated tackle/guard (according to Scout) from Lakewood, OH, Orlosky chose the Mountaineers over Michigan and Michigan State.
- Albert Reid (running back) -- While the smaller running back had dominated WVU recruiting in recent years, a slightly bigger prospect is desired under Holgorsen. Enter Reid. While not huge at 5'10" and 195 lbs., he certainly presents a more visible pass-catching target out of the backfield. Reid is rated four stars by ESPN and turned down offers from Stanford and Iowa.
Once the transition between Stewart and Holgorsen was completed, I speculated that recruiting would really start to take off. It would be very difficult to be recruiting by Stewart when you knew that you would never play for the coach. Now, with the chain of command very much clear, recruits can be properly sold on the staff of the present and future.
As is customary, our recruiting board at the bottom left of the page has been updated to reflect the new verbals. There you can quickly find links to each recruit's different profiles, a composite star ranking, and YouTube highlights.
Let's just hope we have plenty more high-quality names to add to the board.
Note: YouTube embeds of Reid and Napoleon after the jump.