"Kids never lie. They can sense out whether you're sincere about what you're doing and what you're not, and they've really accepted those two. Those two fit in with the plan and with our program. Super. You couldn't ask for a better fit and just two super kids and super guys."
The two ran several plays together on Friday and Riffe said a chemistry is already growing between them.
"Me and Jon get along great," Riffe said. "Me and him were kind of in the same situation so we immediately became really good friends and I think we'll get along great the whole year. We're getting pretty comfortable with each other so far after knowing each other for such a short period of time."
Should Alexander earn the starting job, it won't take long for him to get thrown into the fire. GW's first game is a home date on Aug. 29 against South Charleston, a game he and probably a lot of Black Eagles are eagerly anticipating.
"That's a good team, it will be a battle and we'll see which ones match up and which ones don't," Alexander said. "I believe I might have some type of target on my head, but I have a good line that will protect me.
"It's a lot of love up here. It's a family atmosphere and that's what really counts."
Edwards said he is excited to learn just what kind of players Riffe and Alexander really are.
"I haven't seen much of them play - I've never seen Draven play," Edwards said. "I've only just heard good things, and you look at a piece of paper and he's got great stats.
"I've seen Jon play one time a year and he was always on the scouting report that you had to take care of business with him. I'm just hoping for them to do the same things and do what they do. We're not going to try to over-coach anybody."
Whether GW will finally take the last step in winning a state championship will be determined soon enough, but for now, Edwards seems to have a focused group of kids, even if a couple of them are newcomers.
"We just need to ignore the noise, ignore the talk, and focus on building our team chemistry with each other and focus on getting to the 14th game," Riffe said.
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