G’morning. Surprised to see me this early? You should have seen the look on my wife’s face.
Anyhow, we’re live and sipping coffee in the Tier 4 studio this morning as we dig in to cover national signing day at WVU. I’ll update this throughout and try to get to as many questions as I can in the comments. The Mountaineers have their press conference at 3 p.m. and I’ll post that soon after it’s finished. Then it’s off to the Coliseum for WVU v. Oklahoma.
Here’s the situation entering the day — and it’s pretty simple.
WVU woke up with six players already enrolled and 14 more expected to sign and send there national letters of intent today. If you’re visually inclined, or if you need a tracker, think of it this way. Those 14 are all likely to stay on the line. One never knows what may happen in the 11th hour, but the feeling is that their word is — or is it that their words are? — pretty firm.
I’m hearing it might grow to 15 or 16. In sum, that’s 22 and I believe WVU ought to be able to do 25.
Again, myriad things can happen, but the feeling is that WVU has done the job late in the game to earn a fax from Donte Thomas-Williams. Depends on who you ask, but he’d become one of the top five, and maybe top three, recruits.
Don’t think WVU can speak to kids from Florida in a way that the Gators can’t? Then you might want to take a look at the story of perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the class, Miramar High’s Yodney Cajuste.
It almost didn’t happen this way, though. Cajuste visited the University of Florida before traveling to WVU and stated the Gators were his favorite a little more than two weeks from national signing day. He didn’t commit because he was scheduled to visit the Mountaineers in the final weekend of January.
“That was my first time seeing snow, so that got me,” he said. “The thing I liked about West Virginia was as a state, everywhere you go, no matter where you go, you see that W-V. There are no pro teams, so the fan base for college is crazy. And I loved the football facility compared to Florida.
“Florida’s campus is amazing, but if you’re talking about the football facility, the locker room, the stadium, I think West Virginia is way better. It’s more high-tech and state-of-the-art. No disrespect to Florida. Florida’s weight room and locker room and football facility are beautiful. West Virginia’s is much bigger and nicer.”
Away we go …