West Virginia Mountaineers 2012 Football Recruiting Class Update: January 23 Edition

Attention potential WVU recruits! This could be you next year after the BCS National Championship game. Please plan accordingly. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Another weekend, another bunch of interesting and exciting news on the football recruiting front. With the basketball team hosting Cincinnati for a huge Big East conference game with second place in the league on the line, the football team hosted a handful of recruits (some current verbals, others new targets) for official visits. Hopefully the football recruits were able to stick around the basketball team to see both the hearty welcome the football team got when it was honored at halftime and the incredible overtime win over a scrappy Bearcats team.

With just over a week left until signing day and only one weekend left to host official visits, expect the news to come more rapidly now. I'll do my best to provide updates when appropriate. So, what happened since last week's update?

  • CB Da'Quan Davis, even after an in-home visit from Holgs and Daron Roberts, decided to switch his commitment to Penn State over the weekend. Obviously, this is a guy we wanted (hence the in-home visit), but it seems like the loss of Casteel and Lockwood may have been the deciding factor here.
  • LB Garrett Hope, from The Woodlands, Texas, received an offer and gave his commitment while in Morgantown on his official visit over the weekend. As I said last week, Hope was one of our top linebacker targets. At 6'3, 230, Hope is a nice physical specimen who should slide nicely into into a MLB spot.
  • OL Mark Glowinski, a JUCO player from Scranton, Pennsylvania who I also mentioned last week, gave his verbal over the weekend as well. Glowinski will have 3 years to play 2. At 6'5, 290, and with a couple years of JUCO experience, Glowinski should be able to step in immediately to provide depth and potentially push current starters for playing time.
  • WR Danny McKinney and S Chaz Whittaker are no longer committed. McKinney was a JUCO who we wanted to enroll in January. When he didn't make it, we moved on. Whittaker switched to Toledo. I'm not saying we backed off on him, but he switched to Toledo. Take from it what you will that he switched to Toledo.

After the jump, we'll take a look at the big board and potential future developments.

Here's the key: (number of players counting toward the 2012 class in parentheses, players who have already enrolled are in plain text, commits are in bold, de-commits are in strikethru, and new additions are in italics):

QB (1) - Ford Childress, Brandon Napoleon

RB (3) - Albert Reid, JT Washington, Roshard Burney, Torry Clayton

WR (4) - Deontay McManus, Devonte Robinson, Darreall Joyner, Devonte Mathis, Danny McKinney (JC), Jordan Thompson

OL (4) - Tyler Orlosky, Tony Matteo, Will Johnson, Mark Glowinski

DL (3) - Korey Harris, Noble Nwachukwu, Bret Niederreither, Imarjaye Albury, Christian Brown

LB (2) - Sam Lebbie, Garrett Hope

S (3) - Jarrod Harper, Trevor Williams, Chaz Whittaker, Nate Smith, Kimlon Dillon, Sean Walters, Karl Joseph

CB (1) - Da'Quan Davis, Nana Kyeremeh

If my math is right this week, that leaves us with 21 verbals and, accordingly, 4 open spots still to fill. Things are defintiely still in flux, but at this point I would expect to see more recruits committing or switching commitments to WVU rather than the other way around. To my understanding, the guys currently on board are solid. There are still some big fish out there who may end up in Morgantown, though:

  • DT Trae Clark is someone I expect to see in Morgantown when all is said and done. Given our lack of depth on the defensive line, we could use another solid player there, and Clark fits the bill.
  • WR Joel Caleb visited this weekend and appears to be down to WVU or VT. If I'm a WR, there is absolutely no comparison between the two. VT is a solid program, so I wouldn't be entirely shocked if he ends up there, but...WVU is clearly a better football fit.
  • LB Daysean Rippy is still in the mix, but he's been all over the map (literally...he recently visited Arizona and UCLA). We would take him because he's such a talent, but I don't think we're banking on him.
  • OL Adam Pankey is a guy I mentioned back in December as being a potentialy flip from Pitt. Although that hasn't happened to date, from what I can gather it's still a strong possibility. He would round out our OL class nicely.
  • LB Schyler Miles is a new name to watch. I'm hearing from a number of different places that he is a strong possibility to sign with WVU. With offers from a number of BCS schools, including Florida, NC State, and Cincinnati, he would be a strong finish to our LB class.

There are a number of other names I've heard from one source or another. However, I don't have enough information on any of them to feel comfortable discussing them on The Smoking Musket. Generally, though, expect WVU to take the full limit of 25 players, and possibly a grayshirt (who enrolls next January and counts toward the 2013 class) or two. OL and CB seem to be the two positions where we are still looking to take another player or two. LB, DL, and WR are also areas where we could add to the class, but would be more selective and only accept a commitment if the player is talented enough to compete for immediate playing time. And trust me, the chances of this happening aren't as slim as you might think.

Feel free to add to the comments with any news you might have on these guys or other potential targets. I'll post breaking stories as I can before the next major update. Make sure to check back often to see what's happening as we head down the stretch.

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