MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Dana Holgorsen expects to round out a recruiting class of at least 20 - and perhaps a bonus or two - when the NCAA's national signing period begins today.
Although the official signing period stretches from today until April 1, all but a handful of recruits sign their letters on the first day.
West Virginia's expected crop of signees today includes just 14 players - a quarterback, two wide receivers, five offensive linemen, a linebacker, two defensive linemen and a defensive back. Six other members of the recruiting class are already enrolled and on the roster, having done so at the beginning of the spring semester. Those include another quarterback, two linebackers, a wide receiver, an offensive lineman and a defensive back.
The class falls short of the NCAA-permitted 25 signees because West Virginia doesn't have available scholarships for that many. A small group of 2013 seniors and only a handful of other departures accounts for the smaller number.
Based on the rankings of recruiting services, the headliners in the class expected to sign today are cornerback Dravon Henry and quarterback William Crest. Henry, from Aliquippa, Pa., is rated as a four-star recruit (out of a possible five) by both Rivals and Scout. Crest, from the same Dunbar High School in Baltimore that produced Tavon Austin, is given four stars by Rivals and three by Scout.
Crest, assuming he signs, will likely be given a chance to show the WVU coaches what he can do right away given that there are only three other scholarship quarterbacks on the roster and one of those is another newcomer. Clint Trickett and Paul Millard return after both started games last season, but Trickett is expected to miss some or all of spring drills after having shoulder surgery.
The other quarterback in the class is junior college transfer Skyler Howard, a Texan who played one season in junior college in California. He is one of the six early enrollees already working out with the team.
Henry is a highly regarded cornerback who drew scholarship offers from some of the best programs in the country, including national champion Florida State. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder will also be given a chance to play right away if for no other reason than WVU's recent struggles in the secondary.