MORGANTOWN - Back during the middle of his first season as West Virginia's football coach, Dana Holgorsen was asked how many newcomers he would like to bring in during his first full recruiting class. He said 30.
It looks like he might just get there.
With just over a week until the NCAA's national signing period begins, the Mountaineers appear to have 26 players committed. That's actually down a couple after two high school teammates switched their commitments over the weekend, but by the time the Feb. 1 signing date arrives there could be more.
If West Virginia does manage to get 30 newcomers, that's five over the NCAA limit. But five of the 26 enrolled in school at the start of the spring semester, so they are by rule permitted to count against last year's signing class.
And West Virginia had plenty of room because there were just 15 players in last year's class.
Holgorsen is trying to sign as many quality players as possible for a couple of reasons. First, the Mountaineers were down in numbers last season because of transfers and natural attrition. And second, this is the first opportunity Holgorsen has had to recruit a class full of the type of players he wants. He didn't arrive at WVU until last year's recruiting class was almost completed and he didn't take over as the head coach until June.
So where has he gone to get them? Well, surprisingly the same place West Virginia has traditionally gone to find players. While there are four commitments from Holgorsen's usual recruiting areas in Texas - three of them from the Houston area - there are also 11 from Florida and 10 from the Northeast - Maryland (3), Ohio (3), Pennsylvania (2) and New Jersey (2). There are no commitments from West Virginia, but there is a tight end from Minnesota.
Of the 11 Florida recruits, seven are from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area.
The class also seems heavily tilted toward skill-position players, including as many as seven defensive backs and five wide receivers. There are also four defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, three running backs, two linebackers, a quarterback and the tight end.