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National Signing Day 2017: What To Watch For On Signing Day

National Signing Day is almost here, and business is picking up for the Mountaineers.

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Good morning everyone! National Signing Day is just two days away, and the Mountaineer coaching staff has been hot on the recruiting trail to fill the positions of need for the 2017 season and beyond. Wednesday will be a day packed full of highs and lows as fax machines across the nation get overworked.

We want to remind everyone that these guys making decisions today are mostly 17 and 18 year old kids. Don’t be that guy and go on a Twitter and other social media to attack a kid if he doesn’t choose the school you want him to pick.

Follow The Smoking Musket through Wednesday as we bring you all the latest news and analysis on the Mountaineer Football Class of 2017, and hopefully pick up a few surprises along the way.


There are a few names that are currently undecided and will be choosing between 2 or more programs this week, some of which include the West Virginia Mountaineers. Below are the names of those players and the times they will announce where they’re committing.

Danny Davis (6'3"/190) WR | Springfield H.S., Springfield, OH | ★★★★ | TBA

Lamonte McDougle (6'1/295) DT | Deerfield Beach H.S., Deerfield Beach, FL | ★★★ | Monday @ 9:00PM EST

Reggie Roberson (6'0"/180) WR | Horn H.S., Mesquite, TX | ★★★ | Monday @ 7:00PM EST

How To Watch

ESPN2/ESPNU/Watch ESPN - ESPN has the most complete coverage of National Signing Day featuring wall-to-wall coverage starting at 8AM Eastern and ending at 7PM. - Tony Caridi, Dan Zangrilli, Jed Drenning and Dale Wolfley will be broadcasting live from the Milan Puskar Center starting at 8AM on Wednesday to bring you an exclusive look at the inside of National Signing Day for the Mountaineers.


Danny Davis
Current Leaders: Kentucky, West Virginia, and Wisconsin

Davis seems to be the exact opposite of former West Virginia commitment Michael Harley, in that he has kept very quiet about his recruitment. He was previously committed to the Kentucky Wildcats, but was then told there wasn’t a spot in this class for him. That’s around the time business picked up for the Mountaineers. Danny visited Morgantown for his official visit the weekend of January 14th, and followed that up with a visit to Wisconsin the following weekend. Kentucky is now back in the picture after a spot opened up, and all three staffs feel they’re in a good spot to get the 6’3” receiver.

I’m going with my gut on this one, because Danny hasn’t really given any hints on which way he’s leaning.

Prediction: West Virginia
Confidence: 60%

Lamonte McDougle
Current Leaders: FIU, Purdue and West Virginia

McDougle committed to Mike Leach and Washington State back in June, but ended up decommitting in September. Lamonte took his official visit to Morgantown this past weekend, and made it no secret on social media that he was enjoying his time there. I’d say this one is almost a sure fire bet for the good guys.

Prediction: West Virginia
Confidence: 95%

Reggie Roberson
Current Leaders: Illinois, Utah and West Virginia

Dana Holgorsen and company got in late on Roberson, and didn’t officially offer him a scholarship until January 12th. Roberson originally committed to Kansas back in May after they were his first major offer, but ended up opening his recruitment back up when interest from Pac 12 schools started picking up steam back in November. Reggie visited West Virginia this past weekend, and set his announcement time on the way home from the visit.

All signs are pointing toward West Virginia, but Utah still has a more-than-decent shot at landing the 6’0” receiver.

Prediction: West Virginia
Confidence: 75%