Galloway isn't sure how Crest will fit in, but he does know about the quarterback mentality and Crest seems to have it.
"I don't want to put any pressure on him,'' Galloway said, refusing to predict how soon it would be before Crest competes. "But playing quarterback you have to want pressure. And he handles it well.''
As for Henry, safeties coach Tony Gibson pulled him out of the Pittsburgh area, where he went to Aliquippa and was recruited heavily by Pitt. Holgorsen raved about Henry's ability to "do a lot of different things for us. He can play cornerback, he can play safety, he can play nickel, return kicks.
"We'll be able to use him in the secondary to continue to develop what we feel like is going to be one of the better secondaries in college football,'' Holgorsen said.
Well, Gibson wasn't ready to jump on any best-secondary bandwagons, but he does like what he has in Henry, who was also recruited by Florida State and other powers. What he likes most might be Henry's physical tools, but the mental part isn't far behind.
"The great thing [about recruiting Henry] was he wasn't a high-maintenance guy,'' Gibson said. "He wasn't saying, 'You didn't call me last week,' or any of that. He doesn't care about that. We sold him on the program and he was sold on it.''
While the signing of Thomas-Williams, Crest and Henry are no doubt the most visible, the class also includes a good mix of players at a variety of positions. The biggest group recruited was on the offensive line. The only committed player who did not sign, Jamie Herr (academics reportedly led WVU to back away from him), was replaced by the other surprise signee. He is 6-6, 330-pound Dontae Angus, who cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell lured out of Philadelphia. Angus went into signing day uncommitted.
Not all the news was great on Wednesday, however. Two uncommitted Florida players WVU had hoped would sign went elsewhere. Florida athlete D'Cota Dixon signed with Wisconsin and C.J. Worton signed with Florida.
Five of West Virginia's signees were from Florida - Tyree Owens, Lamar Parker, Xavier Preston, Jacob McCrary and Yodny Cajuste. Owens is a 6-3, 260-pound defensive tackle from Oviedo; Parker is a 5-9, 170-pound wide receiver from Miami, Preston is a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker from Jensen Beach; McCrary is a 6-foot, 182-pound receiver from Miami; and Cajuste is a 6-6, 270-pound defensive lineman from Miramar High School near Miami.
Also signing were 6-5, 285-pound Morgantown lineman Amanii Brown; DaeJuan Funderburk, a 6-1, 180-pound safety from Washington, D.C.; Jaylon Myers, a 6-2, 195-pound junior college cornerback from North Augusta, S.C., by way of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College; Jaleel Fields, a 6-3, 286-pound defensive end who was a teammate of Henry at Aliquippa; and 6-6, 286-pound Walter Rauterkus of Avon, Ohio.
The six players who enrolled for the beginning of the spring semester and are already working out with the team during winter conditioning are also included among the signees. Those are Howard, linebackers Davonte James and Edward Muldrow, corner back Keishawn Richardson, wide receiver Ricky Rogers and offensive lineman Sylvester Townes.
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