WVU recruiting: Signees diving into workout programs
For the better part of two years, prospects are constantly recruited by colleges, incessantly called by the media and pestered by friends and family about where they are going to school. Once they sign their letter of intent in February of their senior year, though, things get quiet - at least publicly.
Out of the limelight and only talking to the coaches of the school with which they signed, recruits turn their focus to finishing out their school year strong, so as to not raise any red flags with the NCAA - or, in some cases, they are trying to make up ground from a more lackadaisical approach to academics in their earlier years.
Outside of the classroom, though, their training for college has begun in earnest. College programs mail out workout programs to every signee, each designed for the specific recruit.
"The workout plan [the coaches gave me] is good," said quarterback William Crest of Dunbar High School in Baltimore, who is set to arrive in Morgantown the first week of June. "It's a workout specifically for me as a quarterback, instead of working out like a linebacker."
Florida recruits Yodny Cajuste of Miramar and Tyree Owens of Oviedo say their defensive line-oriented plan is noticeably different than the workouts they were doing prior to National Signing Day.
"The workout plan is going really [well]," said Cajuste, who picked WVU over offers from Florida, Oklahoma State and more. "I'm getting bigger, stronger and faster."
Owens agreed, saying "things have been going great. I have been doing their workout plan [and] it's been getting me big. I just can't wait to come and play."
Cajuste and Owens also say their academics are in order and they intend to arrive on campus the first week of June.
On the other side of the trenches, Avon (Ohio) offensive lineman Walter Rauterkus has been working out with a trainer for quite some time, so his "lifts and agility drills are the same." Still, that hasn't slowed him from putting in the work necessary to be a part of the Mountaineer program.
"I've been doing well," said the 6-foot-6, 285-pound tackle. "I'm getting after the workout book and schedule that the coaches sent."
Back down in the Sunshine State, Coral Reef wideout Jacob McCrary is hoping to crack the two-deep in the receiving corps as a true freshman, and he says the regimen that Mike Joseph and staff have provided him is already achieving amazing results.
"The workout plan is going [well]," McCrary said. "I lift weights three times a week and get speed and agility the other two days, and Saturday and Sunday I am off. Since the end of my senior season, I've put on 10 pounds of muscle."
While all the signees above are planning to arrive at the start of June, there are multiple times where 2014 recruits will arrive. The six early enrollees already have, obviously, while the two remaining junior college players - offensive tackle Justin Scott and defensive back Jaylon Myers - have the opportunity to arrive in May. After that is the potential June 7 start date, followed by another opportunity at the beginning of July, and finally in August with the rest of the students.
Chris Anderson is a full-time writer for eersports.com.