West Virginia Mountaineers are a 2013 National Signing Day Winner

By Mike Atkinson
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a great day to be a Mountaineer, wherever you may be.

The West Virginia Mountaineers have complied one of the greatest recruiting classes it has had in quite some time.

The Mountaineers have brought in a number of three and four star recruits who have potential to do great things in the near future. The ‘eers have the players to become increasingly competitive in the near future. The best part is that, for the first time in a while, most of WVU’s recruits had offers from a number of other major BCS programs.

Essentially, the Mountaineers, on National Signing Day, received all of the recruits they expected to get, plus four or five surprise players who backed out of solid verbals with other schools.

The Mountaineers, who have 25 recruits, are currently ranked as the number 24 in the country according to Rivals. To call this recruiting class anything short of a win for the team is simply foolish.

Key Commits:

The Mountaineers had a number of key signees on National Signing day. The first is Shelton Gibson. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who is familiar with WVU and its recruiting process. Gibson ran a 4.42 forty-yard dash and will be a key playmaker for WVU.

The second key player is Marvin Gross, a defensive end from Baltimore, Maryland who recorded an astounding 52 sacks over two years in high school. That is an average of 26 sacks per season. That’s just ridiculous. This kid knows how to get to quarterbacks.

The last, and possibly the most important player in the recruiting class was a complete surprise. Mario Alford, the number one junior college athlete in the nation, had committed verbally to the Arizona Wildcats but flipped on signing day, largely in part to new WVU safeties coach Tony Gibson, who coached at Arizona last season.

Alford is a wide receiver/tailback who played for the Alabama Crimson Tide before transferring to junior college. This kid has Olympic caliber speed. Look for huge things from him in the future.

Alford, named all-state honorable mention at quarterback in high school, won the 100m state championship in track with a 10.77 second time and had offers from a number of division one schools.

What Dana Holgorsen has to say:

During his press conference, head coach Holgorsen said he is excited about the recruiting class.

“They’re all young and can help us for years to come,” Holgorsen said. “We made a strong emphasis defensively for guys who can rush the passer.”

In short, this is a great recruiting class and WVU fans should be very happy with the results.

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