As it stands, West Virginia has 14 commitments for the 2013 letter-of-intent signing day. The Mountaineers have four running backs in the fold in Wendell Smallwood of Elkton, Md., Zaire Williams of Erial, N.J., Coleman and Elijah Wellman of Huntington. You might see Wellman listed as a linebacker on some recruiting websites, but he's being signed as a back. Likewise, you might have seen Jackie Marcellus of Immokalee, Fla., listed as a running back, but he's been recruited as a wide receiver.
"We only have two scholarship running backs returning," explained Dorchester. "We've got Dustin [Garrison] and [Andrew] Buie, so ..."
It's time to go running back hunting. Dorchester said all schools are currently in an evaluation period that runs through Nov. 24. On the Nov. 25, a contact period begins.
He also said WVU coaches were on the road last week to Florida, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
"During this time we can't talk to kids," Dorchester said. "We can just go to games, get transcripts, etc.
"I don't think having an off-week [last week] was a good or bad time for recruiting. It was fine. There was Labor Day in there and that kind of stunk because it was a Monday. But it was fine."
He said a task now is to line up official visits.
"All schools are different," Dorchester said. "We kind of stay away from visits during the season because we're so busy with the games that we don't get to really visit."
Dorchester, by the way, said the Mountaineer staff has only stopped recruiting the quarterback position. That makes sense with Rawlins on board and Paul Millard and Ford Childress waiting to step in after Geno Smith leaves.
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