Today is National Signing Day, and by the time you read this story with your morning coffee, fax machines will be revving up across the country for senior recruits to send in their letters of intent.
West Virginia has 20 commitments in the 2014 class, six of which are already enrolled and working out with the team, and another 14 who are all solidly committed to the program. None of the current pledges have given any indication that a surprise will be coming today.
But what about those uncommitted prospects that West Virginia is still targeting? Well, there are a few of them, and the Mountaineers could close their class in exciting fashion if they were able to bring in a couple.
First up is Hillside (N.C.) running back Donte Thomas-Williams. The four-star recruit was targeted by the staff as early as his sophomore season, and he picked up an offer last spring. He's had the Mountaineers at the top of his list since a visit in the summer, although the competition has been fierce, with Florida State, Notre Dame, Clemson, N.C. State and Vanderbilt all attempting to pull him away from West Virginia.
However, the 6-foot, 220-pound All-American looks poised to send his signed letter to Morgantown this morning. After officially visiting campus earlier this month, he reaffirmed that West Virginia was his top school. He then canceled his scheduled visit to N.C. State the next weekend, and passed on an invite from Vanderbilt for the weekend after that.
It would be quite a shocking turn of events if he did not end up as part of this West Virginia class. His announcement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
The next name to keep an eye on is South Dade (Fla.) wide receiver C.J. Worton. The newly minted four-star prospect was a first-team all-state performer in Florida's highest classification after hauling in 42 passes for 1,052 yards and 15 touchdowns. For over a year, he was committed to Florida State, but decommitted from the Seminoles last week after taking multiple official visits elsewhere. Two of those trips were to West Virginia and Florida, his two current finalists.
The initial belief was that Worton would simply make the switch to the Gators because of their need for wideouts and the fact that they are still viewed as an in-state power in the Sunshine State. However, his relationship with the West Virginia coaches is stronger, dating back to last spring. After multiple meetings with the staff, he's also very intrigued with Dana Holgorsen and Lonnie Galloway, and their success with wide receivers, particularly at the slot position (Tavon Austin, Wes Welker, Danny Amendola, etc).
There is a cautious confidence in Gainesville. Insiders were expecting a quick flip, but the longer this has gone on, the more concerned they have become with the pitch from West Virginia. Worton told me on Friday that he would tell both coaching staffs of his decision on Monday night, then go public with his choice at his signing ceremony at 9 a.m. today.
However, he's so torn over his decision that he had not yet told either set of coaches by Tuesday afternoon.
Finally, there's New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) athlete D'Cota Dixon. The three-star prospect made his way to Morgantown this past weekend and came away impressed with what he saw. He has a strong bond with lead recruiter Joe DeForest, who has been recruiting him longer than any coach for any of his remaining schools.