The Mountaineer football coaches have been on the recruiting trail since the disappointing 2013 season ended. Those efforts are already starting to show results as three more players have given their (non-binding) verbal commitment to play for Coach Holgorsen and the Mountaineers this week. Here is a quick snapshot of each:
Skyler Howard - 6' 205 lbs QB, Riverside Community College, Riverside, California
Skyler Howard is the top rated JUCO quarterback in the nation for this class and according to his coach, should fit in nicely with Coach Holgorsen's offense. His addition (assuming he follows through with signing) gives WVU five scholarship quarterbacks heading into the 2014 season.
Dravon Henry - 5'11" 190 lbs DB, Aliquippa High School, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Dravon is the highest rated player in this class so far and could be in the mix for playing time right away in a secondary that is still looking for more depth to deal with the Big 12 offenses. The return of Coach Tony Gibson to WVU is definitely paying off on the recruiting trail thus far.
Jaleel Fields - 6' 286 lbs DT, Aliquippa High School, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
Fields is the second defensive lineman to commit to the Mountaineers in this class and follows his Aliquippa classmate Dravon Henry to Morgantown (Thanks, Gibby!). He's a big body who should be able to eat up blocks along the line, but needs some work on his pass rushing, making him a candidate for a red-shirt.
With 18 commitments, WVU's class is currently ranked:
- Scout - 40th
- Rivals - 40th
- 247 - 37th
Be sure to check back later in the week for our weekly "The Signing Musket" feature which I'm sure will have more analysis on these guys from Chris Anderson of EerSports (WVU's 247 affiliate).