WVU Signing Day capsules
Mario Alford, WR, 5-9, 175, Greenville, Ga., Georgia Military College: Led Georgia Military College in rushing with 541 yards on 52 carries with six touchdowns, averaging 10.4 yards per carry in 2012 ... Added eight receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns ... Named all-state honorable mention quarterback at Greenville High ... Also a star on the track team, winning the 100-meter state championship in 10.77 seconds. ... Four-star recruit according to ESPN and 247sports ... 247sports No. 1 junior college wide receiver ... Also offered by Arizona, Cincinnati, Kansas, Ole Miss and Texas Tech. Al-Rasheed Benton, LB, 6-2, 220, Newark, N.J., Shabazz HS: Two-time New Jersey all-state third team defense ... Helped team to a combined 19-13 record and an appearance in the 2012 New Jersey Central Group 2 Championship semifinals ... Finished 2012 with 110 tackles, 73 tackles for loss and two interceptions ... Rushed for 710 yards with 14 touchdowns on offense ... Two-time Super Essex Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... Four-star recruit according to ESPN and 247sports ... Also offered by Arizona State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and Temple.Ronald Carswell, WR, 6-0, 180, Macon, Ga., Itawamba Community College: Former University of Alabama player who played one season at Itawamba Community College, leading the team to a 6-3 record ... Finished the season with 44 receptions for 429 yards and one touchdown ... Previously played for Westside High, where he was ranked as the No. 35 player in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... 2009 4A all-state selection by the AJC ... Caught 41 passes for 715 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior ... Ranked No. 25 junior college wide receiver ... Also offered by Kentucky.Hodari Christian, LB, 6-1, 195, McKeesport (Pa.) HS: 2012 Class 4A all-state linebacker ... Two-year two-way starter at linebacker and running back ... Recorded 57 tackles, including 43 solo tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries in nine games as a senior ... Rushed for 546 yards, averaging 5.87 yards per carry with three touchdowns ... No. 19 on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Top 25 Pennsylvania football players ... Four-star recruit according to ESPN ... Also offered by Illinois, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers and Temple.Shelton Gibson, WR, 6-1, 175, Cleveland Heights (Ohio) HS: Played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Finished with more than 700 receiving yards as a senior and scored 11 touchdowns as a receiver, rusher, kickoff returner and punt returner, and passed for a touchdown ... helped lead Cleveland Heights to a 17-3 two-year record ... No. 6 on the 2012 Cleveland Plain Dealer Top 50 Northeast Ohio football players ... Four-star recruit according to ESPN, rivals, Scout and 247sports ... ESPN No. 11 Ohio recruit ... ESPN No. 26 wide receiver ... Lettered in track, participating in sprints and relays ... Also offered by Arkansas, Auburn, Cal, Duke, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, NC State, Ohio State, Pitt, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.Brandon Golson, LB, 6-3, 220, Fork Union, Va., Georgia Military College: Played played in only four games in 2012 due to injury, registering six tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries ... Recorded 24 tackles with five tackles for loss, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 2011 ... Named the Orangeburg Times & Democrat Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and was a first-team all-area selection at Calhoun County High ... Helped Calhoun County to the state 1-A semifinals as a senior ... Selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... Three-star recruit according to rivals, Scout, ESPN and 247sports ... rivals No. 35 Junior College Postseason Top 100 ... Also offered by Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State, South Carolina and Texas A&M.Malik Greaves, S, 6-3, 200, Jacksonville, Fla., Sandalwood HS: Named to the 2012 Florida Times-Union Super 24 ... Collected eight interceptions for his career and returned two of them for touchdowns ... Ranked No. 9 on the Orlando Sentinel's North Florida Super60 ... Four-star recruit according to ESPN ... Ran a 4.48 40-yard dash ... Lettered in basketball and track ... also offered by Auburn, Duke, North Carolina, Ole Miss, USF, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin.Marvin Gross, DE, 6-4, 225, Baltimore, Dunbar HS: First-team consensus all-state and small-school all-state in Maryland ... Two-year sack total of 52 ... Three-time Baltimore Sun All-Met first team ... Collected 21 sacks, 75 total tackles, 42 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles as a senior, when he helped Dunbar to a 13-1 record, a 9-0 league mark and a state championship ... Member of three straight state championship teams at Dunbar ... Invited to play in the 2013 Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Game Classic ... Rated as the No. 24 lineman in the state by rivals.com and No. 14 by Max Preps ... Three-star ranking from rivals, Scout and Yahoo ... Also offered by Colorado, Purdue, Rutgers, Wake Forest and Washington.d'Vante Henry, LB, 6-5, 205, Moore, Okla., Arizona Western College: Helped Arizona Western to a combined 19-3 record, including a win in the El Toro Bowl in 2012 ... Led team in tackles (55), solo tackles (23) and assisted tackles (32) ... Also registered 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two interceptions and three pass breakups ... All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference first team defense ... Previously attended Southmoore High, registering 65 tackles as a senior, including five sacks ... Also lined up as a receiver and running back on offense ... Finished third at 2010 Oklahoma 6A track championships with a time of 49.34 in the 400 meters and was the anchor in the state champion 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams ... Also offered by Iowa State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Utah.Darrien Howard, LB, 6-2, 250, Dayton, Ohio, Chaminade-Julienne HS: Earned Division IV All-Ohio first-team honors in 2012 ... amassed 75 tackles and scored five touchdowns on offense as a senior, helping team to a 6-4 record ... Four-star rating by ESPN, rivals and Scout ... No. 241 on ESPN's Top300 team ... Rated as the No. 10 inside linebacker by rivals and No. 12 by Scout ... Ranked as the No. 9 inside linebacker by ESPN ... On offense as a fullback and tight end, he scored 15 touchdowns and rushed for 270 yards ... Helped lead Chaminade-Julienne to a 10-4 record and the third round of the state playoffs ... Also offered by Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, NC State and Pitt.Dontrill Hyman, DE, 6-4, 265, Warsaw, N.C., Hinds CC: Helped Hinds Community College to a combined 10-8 record ... Led 2012 squad in sacks (7.5) and forced fumbles (3) and recorded 51 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss ... Named to the 2011 NJCAA All-American second team after registering 62 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and two forced fumbles ... Played both ways as a senior at Warsaw High, spending time on offense as a running back ... Also lettered in basketball ... Four-star recruit according to 247sports ... 247sports No. 1 junior college strong-side defensive end ... Also offered by LSU and Mississippi State.Marcell Lazard, OL, 6-6, 293, Bloomfield N.J., Bloomfield HS: 2012 New Jersey all-state second team offense ... Helped Bloomfield to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the New Jersey state championship game ... Ranked as the No. 3 best offensive lineman in New Jersey and No. 13 best recruit in the state by rivals ... ESPN ranks him No. 33 nationally at his position ... Also offered by Boston College, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Ohio State, South Carolina, Michigan and Virginia.Grant Lingafelter, OL, 6-5, 265, Chagrin Falls (Ohio) HS: Associated Press All-Ohio Division III third team in 2012 ... Helped team to a combined 37-5 record in three seasons, including three Chagrin Valley League championships, one appearance in the state championship, one appearance in the state semifinals and one appearance in the state regional finals ... Led an offensive line that paved the way for an average of 189.7 rushing yards per game, 5.3 yards per carry ... also offered by Cincinnati and Illinois.Isaac McDonald, S, 6-5, 205, Hialeah, Fla., Champagnat Catholic HS: Two-time Miami Herald All-Dade County second-team linebacker ... As a senior, he finished with 68 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and seven sacks ... Also had 331 yards receiving and five touchdowns ... No. 151 on Florida Top 200 ... No. 21 on Miami Herald's Miami-Dade County Top 25 recruits ... Played for Team USA U-19 team. ... also offered by Clemson, Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina and Stanford.Nick O'Toole, P, 6-5, 220, Corona, Calif., Fullerton College: Played one season at Fullerton College, helping the team to a 7-4 record ... Ranked third in the California Community College Athletic Association with an average of 41.8 yards per punt ... Registered a long of 62 yards ... Named to the 2012 Southern California Football Association all-conference first team ... Two-year starter for national powerhouse Mater Dei High ... Ranked No. 7 punter in the nation by Chris Sailer Kicking.Chavas Rawlins, QB, 6-3, 190, Monessen (Pa.) HS: 2012 Class A all-state quarterback ... Four-year letter winner, leading the team to a 15-6 record in two seasons as quarterback ... Completed 71 of 165 passes for 1,382 yards and 13 touchdowns and only three interceptions in 11 games as a senior ... Also rushed for 613 yards and 12 touchdowns ... No. 20 on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Top 25 Pennsylvania football players ... Named the 2012 Greensburg Tribune-Review Player of the Year and to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 ... rivals No. 19 dual-threat quarterback ... Also offered by Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, USF, Tennessee and Virginia.Daikiel Shorts, WR, 6-1, 200, Clayton, N.J., Eastern Christian Academy: Played in three games in 2012, recording 16 catches for 342 yards, an average of 21.4 yards per reception, and four touchdowns ... Previously lettered for three seasons at Red Lion Christian Academy, where he finished with 45 catches for 530 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior ... Also had 40 tackles and one interception while playing cornerback and safety ... Also offered by Boise State, Boston College, Hawaii, Maryland, NC State, Temple and UCLA.Wendell Smallwood, RB, 5-11, 194, Wilmington, Del., Eastern Christian Academy: Played in three games in 2012, rushing for more than 450 yards and scoring four touchdowns while averaging more than eight yards per carry ... Previously lettered for three seasons at Red Lion Christian Academy, where, as a junior, he finished with 1,200 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns ... Runs a 4.43 40-yard dash ... Also offered by Auburn, Boston College, Connecticut, Hawaii, Rutgers, Temple and Tennessee.Dreamius Smith, RB, 5-10, 215, Wichita, Kan., Butler CC: Helped Butler Community College to a combined 22-2 record, including the 2011 NJCAA championship, while falling in the championship game in 2012 ... Finished the season with 984 yards on 120 carries and 17 touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry ... Added 16 receptions for 179 yards and two touchdowns ... Helped team to a state championship as a senior at Wichita Heights High ... Named to the Kansas 6A all-state first team by the Wichita Eagle ... Rushed 143 times for 1,837 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior ... Four-star prospect on ESPN ... No. 2 junior college running back on 247sports ... Also offered by Boise State, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State and Oklahoma State.Tyler Tezeno, OL, 6-3, 280, Houston, Klein Collins HS: Named to the Associated Press 5A all-state second team in 2012 ... Helped lead the Tigers to a 16-6 two-year record and an appearance in the first round of the Texas state football playoffs both years ... Klein Collins averaged 430 yards of total offense and 270 rushing yards and 40 points per game ... Finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year award (only offensive lineman selected as a finalist) ... Named All-District 13-5A first team honoree as a senior... Has an 80.5-inch wingspan ... Also offered by Arizona State, Boise State, LSU, Northwestern and Utah.Jeremy Tyler, S, 6-0, 195, Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King HS: Class 5-A all-state and all-region selection as a senior, when he helped team to an 11-1 overall record, a 9-0 mark in the region and the second round of the state playoffs ... Collected 33 tackles, three tackles for loss, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... Had five interceptions as a junior ... ESPN ranks him No. 53 nationally at his position; rivals ranks him No. 42 nationally at his position. ... Played quarterback, linebacker and every position in the secondary while at Martin Luther King ... Also offered by Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Vanderbilt.Stone Underwood, OL, 6-4, 285, Brookhaven, Miss., Copiah-Lincoln CC: All-NJCAA Region 23 first team and All-Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges first team ... Helped team to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Mississippi Bowl ... Anchored an offensive line that averaged 102.4 rushing yards per game ... Spent 2011 at Southeastern Louisiana ... Previously attended Brookhaven High, where he was named one of the top 125 seniors in Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion Ledger ... Also offered by Massachusetts and Memphis.Elijah Wellman, RB, 6-2, 235, Huntington, Spring Valley HS: Won the Sam Huff Award as the top defensive player of the year by the state's sportswriters ... Two-time AAA all-state first team, including being named defensive captain as a senior ... Three-time All-Mountain State Athletic Conference, finished with 1,676 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns ... Also had 124 tackles, including two sacks, 11 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception he returned for a touchdown ... Class AAA all-state first team in baseball ... Also offered by Bowling Green and Ohio.Kevin White, WR, 6-4, 210, Macungie, Pa., Lackawanna College: Made 36 receptions, totaling 535 yards and six touchdowns in 2012, averaging 14.9 yards per reception ... Attended Emmaus High, where he was All-Lehigh Valley Athletic Conference as a receiver and defensive back in 2009 ... Also offered by Texas Tech.Daryl Worley, S, 6-2, 190, Philadelphia, William Penn Charter HS: All-Southeastern Pennsylvania first team defensive back ... Rushed for 184 yards on 53 carries in 2012 ... Team's leading receiver with 26 catches for 495 yards and six touchdowns ... Also led the team in interceptions with three ... Participated in the Chesapeake Bowl, pitting the best players of the Mid-Atlantic region ... Also ran track in spring of 2012 with personal-best times of 11.14 in the 200, 22.01 in the 200, 49.19 in the 400 and 7.3 in the 60-yard dash ... Scout No. 33 safety nationally ... Also offered by Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse and Tennessee.