"He's probably gained 100 pounds in two years and he plays with an attitude,'' Holgorsen said of the Pennsylvanian. "He'll have a chance to compete for the starting left tackle position next year.''
Among the wide receivers is also yet another from West Virginia's recent Miramar connection, where former Mountaineer Damon Cogdell is the coach. Devonte Mathis is a 6-2, 205-pounder who joins quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney in the pass-and-catch corps.
The two running backs signed are both of similar size and stature - 5-10, 205-pound Roshard Burney and 5-9, 195-pound Torry Clayton, both from the South Florida area. They will join last year's freshmen, Dustin Garrison and Andrew Buie.
"Buie and Garrison are guys who are more shifty in space,'' Holgorsen said. "These two are more slashers.''
The class includes a whopping 11 players from Florida, 12 if you count defensive lineman Christian Brown, who played as a senior in New Jersey but before that in Fort Myers. There are also four players each from Ohio and Texas, three from Maryland or the District of Columbia, two from New Jersey (including Brown) and one each from Pennsylvania and Minnesota.
That's six recruits from Texas recruited since Holgorsen arrived 13 months ago, but he maintains that the school's recruiting base will remain pretty much as it always has been, in the East and Florida. Indeed, 21 of the 26 recruits are from those areas.
The biggest player in the class is Cincinnati-area offensive lineman Adam Pankey, who was one of two late decisions to sign with WVU after he had committed to Pitt. Pankey is 6-5, 324 pounds. The smallest in the group is one of the early enrollees, 5-9, 163-pound receiver Jordan Thompson from Katy, Texas.
The closest of the recruits is safety Jarrod Harper of Frostburg, Md. He was WVU's first commit last year and Holgorsen said he is as close to a home-grown recruit as they come.
"There's nobody on our list that wants to be a Mountaineer more than him,'' Holgorsen said. "He'd walk here and start working out if he could get into school.''
There is also a legacy in the class. Cornerback Brandon Napoleon is the son of former WVU running back Eugene Napoleon.
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