According to the recruiting rankings, the vast majority of the committed players carry three stars. The most notable exception is wide receiver Deontay McManus of Baltimore's Dunbar High School, the same school that produced current WVU receiver Tavon Austin. McManus rates four stars from both Rivals and Scout.
Two others rate four stars from Scout, but not Rivals - linebacker Sam Lebbie of DeMatha High School in suburban Washington and 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky of St. Edward near Cleveland.
The lone quarterback in the class is one of the five early enrollees who will be eligible to practice in the spring - Ford Childress of Houston. Childress, the son of five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Ray Childress, completed 184-of-292 passes for 3,171 yards, 41 touchdowns and only seven interceptions as a senior at Kinkaid High School.
The other four early enrollees are defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury, a 6-1, 280-pounder from Miami's Northwestern High; safety Karl Joseph, a 5-11, 190-pounder from Orlando's Edgewater High; Jordan Thompson, a 5-9, 163-pound wide receiver from Katy, Texas; and safety Sean Walters, a 6-2, 195-pounder from Hallandale Beach, Fla.
The rest of WVU's verbal commitments to date include defensive backs Kimlon Dillon (Apopka, Fla.), Jarrod Harper (Frostburg, Md.), Nana Kyeremeh (Worthington, Ohio), Brandon Napoleon (Jersey City, N.J.) and Nate Smith (Warminster, Pa.); receivers Darreal Joyner (Miami), Devonte Mathis (Miramar, Fla.) and Devonte Robinson (Delray Beach, Fla.); running backs Roshard Burney (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Torry Clayton (Homestead, Fla.) and J.T. Washington (Satellite Beach, Fla.); defensive linemen Christian Brown (Bridgeton, N.J.), Korey Harris (Fruit Cove, Fla.) and Noble Nwachukwa (Wylie, Tex.); offensive linemen Mark Glowinski (Scranton, Pa.) and Tony Matteo (Akron, Ohio); linebacker Garrett Hop (The Woodlands, Tex.) and tight end Will Johnson (Osseo, Minn.).
The Mountaineers also had commitments from a pair of Calvert Hall (Md.) skill players, but both Da'Quan Davis and Trevor Williams switched their commitments to Penn State.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.