Along with the 18 currently committed for 2012, WVU also took in defensive end Derrick Bryant, who transferred from UCLA after getting homesick. The Brookhaven, Ohio, product initially chose the Bruins after turning down Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, Oregon, Kansas, North Carolina and the Mountaineers. He's sitting out this season and will have three years to play for WVU.
"We have potentially six more openings," Hammond said.
WVU has no commitments from Mountain State players, but is actively recruiting George Washington High's Ryan Switzer. Hammond said the Mountaineer staff has been busy.
"Recruiting is constant," Hammond said. "It never stops. Even with those committed, you don't stop recruiting them. But as long as you have a very comprehensive and successful system, the results will be there."
Perhaps WVU's top prospect to commit so far is four-star wide receiver Deontay McManus, 6-2, 215 pounds from Baltimore. Ten others have been given three of five stars from Rivals.com.
"December will be an important month for official visits," Hammond said. "We'll have some in for the Pitt game, then all the way through January."
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