2017 West Virginia Mountaineers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 West Virginia Mountaineers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
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Class to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
West Virginia Mountaineers Recruiting Class Overview
Dana Holgorsen might not have a special class full of superstar prospects according to the ranking services – last year’s class had more star power – but he’s got a whole lot of interesting players who fit the program and what he can work with. The eight JUCO transfers are the biggest key early on with several major holes to fill – more on that in a moment. 6-3, 300-pound Jalen Harvey will be needed early on at defensive tackle, while the faster Kelby Wickline can get into the offensive tackle equation, the better.
The West Virginia Mountaineers Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive backs. The Mountaineers have to try surviving in the pass happy Big 12, and they’re bringing in loads and loads of defensive backs to try locking things down. Derrick Pitts is the best of the lot – a big safety who can move – but this is a shockingly large group of defenders with frames to get a whole lot bigger. Will the coaching staff beef some of these guys up and put them at linebacker? There’s no shortage of options.
The Star of the West Virginia Mountaineers Class Is …
LB Maverick Wolfley, 6-3, 230, Morgantown, WV – Is there a better-named football player, ever? The hometown fullback and defensive blaster might not have all the talent in the world, and he might not have been hotly pursued, but he’s one of those players who doesn’t get a whole lot of love from the recruiting services, and leaves the program with 300 tackles.
The West Virginia Mountaineers Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Defensive linemen. It doesn’t help the D to lose three defensive backs, along with top-tackling linebacker Justin Arndt, but the front three takes the most massive hit. All three starters are gone, with Darrien Howard gone off the nose and top end Noble Nwachukwu also finished. Combine the D line with the three big departures on the O line, and the Mountaineers need to beef up.