The Top 10 Recruits from West Virginia Mountaineers’ Signing Day

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The Top 10 Recruits from West Virginia Mountaineers' Signing Day

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The West Virginia Mountaineers have created one of the greatest recruiting classes in quite some time. It is hands down the best class I have seen in my lifetime, some would argue that if everyone qualifies and gets to play that it could be West Virginia’s greatest recruiting class of all-time.

Now, there’s no need to get ahead of ourselves. It’s like what former WVU punter Pat McAfee said on Twitter: “Ranking a recruiting class before they play a game of college football is like wiping before you poop.”

As funny as that is, it has some truth to it. On paper (pun intended), the Mountaineer recruiting class looks solid. The thing about recruiting is that unless the players can make the transition from high school or junior college to a big-time division one program, then everything we’ve learned about these recruits doesn’t matter.

A three star prospect could easily outperform a five star prospect once they both get on the field.

Don’t let that get you down though, this class looks pretty good. The class included a number of defensive players to help spark the terrible defense from last year, as well as some offensive players who will provide nice replacements for Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

This class is one to keep an eye on, as it could make WVU quite competitive in years to come.

Here are the top ten recruits from the 2013 WVU recruiting class.

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No. 10: Brandon Golson

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Golson was a bit of a surprise for WVU. He was landed after Mario Alford, the nation’s number one junior college athlete signed with WVU. Alford told reporters he thought Golson would follow him, and sure enough he did.

Golson is a 6’3, 220 pound outside linebacker who will add depth to the WVU line backing corps and will be a great addition for the Mountaineers.

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No. 9: Chavas Rawlins

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Remember this name. The Mountaineers are already in a quarterback battle between redshirt freshman Ford Childress and Junior quarterback Paul Millard. If they can’t get it done, Rawlins could steal the job.

Rawlins is a dual-threat quarterback with great accuracy and arm strength. He also has the agility and speed to make defenders miss him in the open field.

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No. 8: Isaac McDonald

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McDonald is another linebacker on a long list of linebackers signed on signing day for the Mountaineers. His 6’5, 220 pound frame adds size to the Mountaineer defense. McDonald said he is “ready to do what he does best: make plays.”

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No. 7: Jeremy Tyler

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Tyler was a complete surprise signee coming into signing day for WVU. The 6’1, 200 pound safety was a three star prospect who will add to the impressive list of defensive recruits for the 2013 season.

Tyler will likely step in and provide a much-needed spark for the Mountaineers.

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No. 6: Al-Rasheed Benton

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The first signee of signing day for WVU was four-star linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton. Benton is 6’2, 220 pounds and will bring more size to the WVU line backing corps. He is arguably one of the best recruits the Mountaineers landed on signing day.

Benton has the potential to make some noise as a WVU linebacker.

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No. 5: Marvin Gross

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Marvin Gross is another name to remember. This defensive end from Baltimore, MD had 52 sacks in his last two seasons of high school. That’s an average of about 26 sacks per season. This kid knows how to get to the quarterback.

WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen said the coaching staff was putting an emphasis on recruits who could rush the passer. Well he sure wasn’t kidding. This kid has the potential to be a great addition for the Mountaineers.

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No. 4: Ronald Carswell

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Ronald Carswell is a 6’0, 180 pound receiver who was once recruited by Nick Saban and played for the Alabama Crimson Tide. He then transferred to junior college to play for a season, and now finds himself in the old blue and gold, where he should be able to make quite an impact.

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No. 3: Nick O'Toole

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Nick O’Toole is one of the greatest punters I have ever seen. He punts the ball with power, and his punts have great hang time. WVU has had some trouble finding consistency from the punter position and it may have just found its man.

Some sites had O’Toole listed as a five star punter, stating he has the frame and skills to be an NFL punter one day.

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No. 2: Shelton Gibson

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Shelton Gibson was the player that had all of Mountaineer nation holding its breath. The 6’1, 175 pound receiver was a high school All-American, ranked as the seventh best receiver in Ohio.

Gibson has ridiculous speed. He is one of the fastest recruits the Mountaineers have landed since Tavon Austin. There is only one man in the 2013 WVU recruiting class faster than Gibson.

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No. 1: Mario Alford

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The only man in the class faster than Shelton Gibson is surprise signee Mario Alford. Alford was the nation’s number one junior college athlete, and has Olympic caliber speed.

Gibson 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 was 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 major division one schools.

The Top 10 Recruits from West Virginia Mountaineers’ Signing Day

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