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West Virginia Mountaineers Football Recruiting Update 1/5/15

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The weekend didn't quite work out perfectly, but the Mountaineers are still in good position with several recruits.

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West Virginia's hat was on the table for Tim Irvin, but it was the burnt orange of the Longhorns that he ended up selected. While on the topic, hats off to Charlie Strong and his staff who shot Texas up the recruiting ranks with the commitments of five elite Florida athletes. He is really putting together a nice looking class that will be proving WVU's commits tough competition in the coming years if everyone plays to their potential.

While Tim Irvin is off the table, Jordan Cronkrite is still on it. The decision won't come until signing day which leaves plenty of time for things to change, but right now it is apparently a two-horse race between Notre Dame and WVU. The staff will be staying in constant contact with him until Feb. 4th and hopefully it pays off. DTW and Cronkrite would make a serious smash and dash combo.

Wide Receiver recruiting might have found another, with the name of Brandon Martin popping on a lot of radars lately. Martin is a big-bodied 6'3" WR with great talent and would be a solid addition to the class as well as give a little more size to the position. Current commit Tavares Martin isn't small at 6'1", but Brandon has a little more of that Kevin White-factor.  And dreads.

A potential target at DT could be in the works, but no visits have been set as of yet. Mark Walton, big-time RB committed to Miami, does has a late visit scheduled but he will be a hard flip. Still with their staff uncertainties the Mountaineers have a fighting chance.

Beyond that the class has been quiet, with the early-enrolled commits getting their bags packed still. A good group should be on campus this off-season to get a jump on the playbook, including but not limited to David Sills, Larry Jefferson, Rasul Douglas, and Tyrek Cole. There could be more, maybe even Michael Ferns transferring from Michigan, but until it happens it hasn't happened. But it is good to see some of the key recruits in the mix for early enrollment; it means they really could be contributors next season.