MORGANTOWN - Today is the day recruiting junkies wake up early and keep their fingers crossed throughout the morning and early afternoon.
And who knows, perhaps Dana Holgorsen follows the same routine.
After all, today is the first day of the NCAA's official football signing period. It runs for several weeks, but for the most part everyone signs right away.
And because coaches are not permitted to contact their prospective recruits, pretty much all they can do is wait.
West Virginia's Holgorsen would like to sign a full class of 25, if not more. And that doesn't include the five who have already enrolled and count against last year's class. The NCAA limits each class to 25, but with the prospect of some not qualifying academically or delaying their enrollment the number can go higher.
It appears that Holgorsen has 19 players committed, at least according to the two primary recruiting sources, Rivals and Scout. The uncertainty, though, is how many, if any, might change their minds, as well as the handful of uncommitted or wavering players who might jump on board at the last minute.
There appear to be at least seven players who have either not committed or are wavering on earlier commitments who could sign a binding letter of intent with WVU today. They are:
As for the commitments gained by West Virginia since summer, those tend to always be in flux. At least seven players who committed to WVU at one time or another are now committed elsewhere, including two this week. Running back J.T. Washington of Satellite Beach, Fla., said he was now pledged to Arizona. His recruiter at WVU was David Lockwood, who is now on Rich Rodriguez's staff there. And Nate Smith, a defensive back from Pennsylvania who had been recruited by Jeff Casteel, switched his pledge to Temple.
As for the rest of the 24 commits (including the five already enrolled), 10 are from Florida, 10 are from the Northeast, four are from Texas and one is from Minnesota.
The class also seems heavily tilted toward skill-position players, including as many as six defensive backs and five wide receivers. There are also four defensive linemen, three offensive linemen, two running backs, two linebackers, a quarterback and a tight end.
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 Ford Childress of Houston, one of the five early enrollees who will be eligible to practice in the spring. 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.
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) and Brandon Napoleon (Jersey City, N.J.); receivers Darreal Joyner (Miami), Devonte Mathis (Miramar, Fla.) and Devonte Robinson (Delray Beach, Fla.); running backs Roshard Burney (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Torry Clayton (Homestead, Fla.); defensive linemen Christian Brown (Bridgeton, N.J.), Korey Harris (Fruit Cove, Fla.) and Noble Nwachukwa (Wylie, Texas); offensive linemen Mark Glowinski (Scranton, Pa.) and Tony Matteo (Akron, Ohio); linebacker Garrett Hop (The Woodlands, Texas); and tight end Will Johnson (Osseo, Minn.).
All but Glowinski, a junior college player, are high school seniors.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.
Players expected to sign binding letters of intent with WVU today: