West Virginia Mountaineers Off to Great Start on Signing Day

By Mike Atkinson
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The West Virginia Mountaineers are already pouring in the letters of intent on National Signing Day 2013.

The day started for the Mountaineers by landing four-star linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton. Benton is an inside linebacker, ranked 25th in the state of New Jersey. This will add to WVU’s already impressive list of defensive recruits for the 2013 season. Benton was a two-time all-defensive third team in high school and can make an immediate impact on a struggling WVU defense.

As if that wasn’t enough, WVU then received a LOI from another four-star linebacker, Darrien Howard. Howard isn’t really a surprise pickup for the Mountaineers, but you never can be sure on signing day. WVU can now breathe easy knowing they landed the 6’2, 250 pound linebacker. Howard is another inside linebacker from New Jersey who will add depth to the WVU defense.

With WVU running a 3-4 defensive style, both Benton and Howard should see the field their freshman year.

The biggest news of the morning is that Mario Alford, a three-star Junior College wide receiver from Georgia Military College, has flipped his intentions of signing with the Arizona Wildcats and landed with the Mountaineers. This is a huge surprise pickup for the ‘eers.

Alford is the nation’s number one JUCO athlete and has been on record saying he “can come in and take over.”

WVU has also landed offensive lineman Tyler Tezeno, the number-eight lineman in the recruiting class. He is a three-star commit from Houston, Texas who could make an impact in the near future.

Alford has the opportunity to make a big impact at WVU. All of these guys have the potential to develop into great players. If they do, WVU will be very happy with its 2013 recruiting class.

Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeAtkinsonRS or visit his Rant Sports Author Page. Mike will be covering WVU’s signing day with updates throughout the day.

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