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West Virginia Mountaineers Football Recruiting Update 5/5/15

The 2016 class finds its signal caller.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Things have been quiet lately but QB Cody Saunders broke the silence last week, announcing his verbal commitment last Wednesday leading into draft weekend. Saunders has six offers in total with USF being the other most notable program to offer, though he also was receiving strong interest from Clemson, Baylor, and Purdue among others. It appears that Saunders is pretty solidly committed at this point in time, and with all the other arms on campus right now he may end up being the lone QB of the class. If Cody is to be the lone commit of the QB commit of the class, WVU certainly wouldn't be in bad shape by any means; though under-recruited, he is athletic, hard-working, and has solid measurables. A nice get for the good guys.

Cody Saunders hails from Pamana City Beach, FL and stands 6'2", 205 lbs. Saunders is ranked as a 3 star prospect and has excellent all-around athletic abilities. I wouldn't necessarily say he is an extreme game-changer as a runner, but he had over 900 rushing yards his junior year so don't get me wrong, the guy can run the ball. His mobility inside and outside of the pocket looks sharp and he throws a pretty nice ball. Some of them looks to be a little wobbly, but he stands in the pocket and delivers even when he is about to take a shot which is always a nice trait to see in your QB. His high school runs a spread offense so he is very familiar working from shotgun. Cody will be able to provide immediate depth with a minimal learning curve once he hits campus. Due to the depth already at quarterback I would be highly surprised if he didn't red-shirt but the more capable arms the staff can stack back there, the better.

All in all Saunders is a good fit for the team's needs and should be a solid challenger for the starting spot down the line, though the competition will be stiff. He is a great fit for WVU's style of play and helps continue the Florida recruiting success that WVU has been enjoying lately. With the QB of the class now established, hopefully a few more commitments will start rolling on in as well.