For college football coaches, the recruiting season never ends.
Even though most of the incoming freshmen and junior college players sign on national letter-of-intent day in February, it's always possible to add players -and sometimes significant ones -to your roster after that date.
Case in point: West Virginia University.
When coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff announced their recruiting class for 2013, the consensus was the Mountaineers did OK. Not great. Not bad. About what you would expect for a school that is not a destination university.
Since that time, West Virginia has landed three skill players that may (or for that matter, may not) make a major impact on WVU's level of success.
First up was Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett, the son of former Glenville State head coach and WVU assistant Rick Trickett. Trickett has two seasons of eligibility remaining and is immediately eligible. He will compete with junior Paul Millard and freshman Ford Childress for WVU's starting QB position.
Had Trickett remained at Florida State, it appeared the 6-foot-3, 185-pound graduate student would have played second fiddle to redshirt freshman James Winston, who established himself as No. 1 on the Seminoles depth chart following spring drills.
Trickett's presence gives Holgorsen yet another QB option. At this point, it is unclear who will emerge as the starter for the season opener against William & Mary. But it is clear there will be a fierce competition this fall, and that should keep all three quarterbacks sharp.
Then came the news that senior running back Charles Sims was leaving the University of Houston to transfer to WVU for his senior season this fall. Sims is a proven commodity, having gained 2,370 yards and rushed for 29 touchdowns in three seasons with the Cougars.
Yes, the Big 12 will be a step up from Conference USA, but the 6-foot, 215-pound veteran appears to have the ability to play at any level and has a good chance of immediately becoming WVU's feature back. He is rated the No. 5 senior running back in the nation.
Then, on Friday, WVU learned University of Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell will transfer to Morgantown. After sitting out this fall, he will have three years of eligibility. Shell rushed for 641 yards and four touchdowns his freshman season at Pitt. He is a product of one of Pennsylvania's high school powers -Aliquippa.
Mary 'O' Tribute
Those who would like to pay their final respects to Parkersburg Catholic basketball great Mary Ostrowski -who lost her long battle with cancer -can do so from noon to 3 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus on Market Street.
Members of the Ostrowski family will be on hand and some Mary 'O' memorabilia will be on display.
There is no formal agenda, just a get-together to remember Mary.
Contact Dave Poe at firstname.lastname@example.org