Players filter in for WVU

With National Letter of Intent Signing Day less than two weeks away it is time to take a look at the Class of 2014 at West Virginia University.

Head coach Dana Holgoren’s newest class of recruits again will be comprised of more than one junior college transfer as the veteran-offensive coordinator and his staff attempt to fill the holes the Mountaineers continue to suffer through in their three-deep depth chart.

Four are already on campus and should take part in spring drills when they begin in late March – quarterback Skyler Howard from Riverside City College; outside linebacker Edward Muldrow III from Contra Costa; Keishawn Richardson, a cornerback from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; and offensive tackle Sylvester Townes from Coahoma Community College.

If each live up to the reports that have surfaced surrounding their playing abilities then WVU should have some answers to its depth problems.

But four players do not make up a recruiting class and the Mountaineers have two weekend visits approaching that could turn this class into a Top 25 unit and once again give fans hope that this coaching staff is on the right road to turning the program back into a contender instead of a pretender.

Beginning with this weekend the old gold and blue will have four possible members of the Class of 2014 in Morgantown. Three-star offensive tackle Josh Krok from McKinley High School in Niles, Ohio – a soft verbal as of Jan. 24 – will be joined by fellow 3-star recruits D’Cota Dixon, a safety from New Smyrna Beach High School in New Smyrna Beach (Fla.), and junior college defensive end Kenderius Whitehead from Georgia Military.

Rounding out the group will be an unrated offensive tackle, Yodny Cajuste, out of Miramar High School – where newest WVU assistant Damon Cogdall spent the last few years serving as the team’s head coach.

The field coming to campus during the final weekend will include several players that have already given a verbal commitment to become a Mountaineer. Tops among that group is 4-star cornerback Dravon Henry from Aliquipa Senior High School (Aliquipa, Pa.).

Others who have stated verbally to become members of the Class of 2014 include center Amanii Brown (Morgantown High School), quarterback William Crest (Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, Baltimore, Md), defensive end Tyree Owens (Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Fla.), defensive tackle Jaleel Fields (Aliquippa Senior High School) and offensive tackle Walter Rauterkus (Avon High School, Avon, Ohio) – all 3-star athletes.

Joining that group will be 3-star running back Charles Nelson from Seabreeze Senior High School in Daytona Beach (Fla.) and 2-star cornerback Travonne Hobbs from O. Perry Walker School in New Orleans (La.).

With 20 names already listed as verbals for this year’s class, it would appear that Holgorsen and his staff only will have a limited number of offers to provide those that will be in attendance over the final two weekends.

But, ‘grey’ shirts and early enrollments could allow that number to rise above the expected class of 25.

Contact Jim Butta at jbutta@newsandsentinel.com