All of the rest of West Virginia's committed players are listed as three- and two-star recruits by the two scouting services.
An obvious point of emphasis in the class was the offensive line, where six newcomers are expected to join the program. Only one is already enrolled, 6-6, 285-pound junior college transfer Sylvester Townes. Another of the verbal commitments is also a junior college player, 6-5, 290-pound Justin Scott.
Junior college players generally have a better chance of playing right away on the offensive line than do high school recruits, who often need at least a year of college strength and conditioning in order to compete. The other four offensive linemen expected to sign are high schoolers, including the only West Virginian on the commitment list, Morgantown High's Amanii Brown.
The three wide receivers in the class are all coming straight from high school, two of them from Miami - Lamar Parker and Jacob McCrary. The other is Pittsburgh-area recruit Ricky Rogers from Gateway High School, who is already enrolled.
Two of the three linebackers in the class are already in school, Davonte James and Edward Muldrow III. Muldrow is one of six junior college recruits, along with Howard, Townes, Scott and defensive backs Jaylon Myers and Keishawn Richardson. Richardson is one of the four junior college players already enrolled.
As always, there could be surprises today when players begin sending their binding letters of intent to schools all across the country. There is no guarantee that all of the 14 players committed to WVU will sign, and there could also be players committed elsewhere or still uncommitted who could sign with the Mountaineers. At least three players - running back Donte Thomas-Williams of North Carolina, receiver C.J. Worton and athlete D'Cota Dixon (both from Florida) - apparently are still considering the Mountaineers.
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