"It's our livelihood, our jobs," Holgorsen said. "I think we're doing well. The reception has been good.
"We're hitting the same areas, but also the Texas, Mississippi and Kansas junior colleges a little more. Maybe New Jersey a little more."
Alabama has used the JUCO route with great success in recent years and WVU seems to be following suit. It might even be vital with the Mountaineer switch from a three- to a four-man defensive front.
WVU is after two defensive linemen from one junior college alone. Both Ben Bradley, who once signed with the Mountaineers, and Toby Johnson have been offered at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College. Bradley, 6-foot-3, 314 pounds, now has other offers from Georgia, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Boise State. Johnson, 6-4, 290, has offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, Tennessee, A&M and USC.
Another target is Marcus Hardison of Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. At 6-4, 290 pounds, he's also been offered by Arkansas, A&M, Texas Tech and Mississippi.
Of course, those following recruiting must never get too caught up in the rating system. WVU, for instance, is also after defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko, 6-4, 237 pounds, of Thomas Johnson High in Brooklyn, N.Y. He's a three-star guy offered by WVU.
As well as Alabama. And Florida. And Notre Dame. And Ohio State.
Also, WVU is likely to take a linebacker or two from the junior college ranks.
We'll see how it all shakes out next February.
But even now, there's a whole lotta shakin' around WVU's football program.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.