MORGANTOWN - Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind:
With at least five early football enrollees already taking classes at West Virginia and a new crop of coaches out beating the bushes for more players to sign in just over two weeks, it all begs the natural question:
Is there room for everyone the Mountaineers want to sign?
Well, the answer seems to be yes, there's plenty of room.
That's because the players who are in school already won't count against the 25-player limit the NCAA places on any one signing class. Because they enrolled during the current school year, they can count against either last year's signing class or the one coming up on Feb. 2.
The school is counting them against last year's class because, quite frankly, there's plenty of room for them.
The initial 2010 signing class announced last February included only 19 players, and three of those never enrolled - Dante Chambers, Quantavious Leslie and Avery Williams. That means the class only included 16 players, leaving nine spots open against which the program can now count the January enrollees.
(By the way, players like Deon Long and Marquis Wallace, who came and left before the season, still count because they were enrolled in school. Ditto the two quarterbacks who arrived and even played before bailing during the season or at the end - Jeremy Johnson and Barry Brunetti).
The other consideration here is total scholarships, and West Virginia is apparently fine there, too. Even with the five newcomers - junior college linebacker Josh Francis, early-enrollee freshmen Brian Athey and brothers Vance and Vernard Roberts, as well as Williams from last year's class - West Virginia is currently at just 59 scholarship players, according to the list given by the program to director of football communications Mike Montoro.
So even if the Mountaineers are able to sign a full class of 25 newcomers in two weeks, the total scholarships committed will be just 84, or one less than the NCAA's limit.
Oh, and by the way, if the school does end up having to forfeit a couple of scholarships thanks to the as-yet-settled NCAA investigation into the program, natural attrition will take care of that. If all 84 - or whatever the number winds up being - scholarship players arrive for the start of fall drills, it certainly be a first for almost any program.
Speaking of that 2011 class that is being recruited right now, one of the latest additions - verbal, mind you - is an interesting one in several ways.