2010 - WVU was still pulling in four- and five-star recruits this year. You might be able to guess the name of the five-star guy. He happened to be a first-round NFL draft pick and now plays for Seattle: Bruce Irvin.
The four-star recruits included Quinton Spain, now WVU's left tackle, and Ivan McCartney, listed as the "X" receiver starter ahead of Bailey for the Oklahoma State game, as well as Long again. The other was Jeremy Johnson, a quarterback long gone. (Barry Brunetti and Benji Kemoeatu, popular names also long gone, were listed as three-star guys.)
Starters? If you subtract Irvin, there are just the three from the class. Two, if you discount McCartney. The other is new cornerback starter Ishmael Banks. In sum, ouch.
There are just 10 signees remaining on the current roster. Just five are on the new depth chart. The others are Doug Rigg and Wes Tonkery.
2011 - This was Holgorsen's first foray. There were no recruits rated above three stars by Scout, although some, like departed Vance Roberts, earned higher marks elsewhere.
Four have already become starters: back Andrew Buie, linebackers Isaiah Bruce and Josh Francis and nose tackle Shaq Rowell. Devon Brown was a one-year transfer from Wake Forest.
Eleven are on the current depth chart, including Alum Creek's Cody Clay. Only 17, however, remain on the team.
2012 - As WVU fans know, Holgorsen hasn't been shy about using true freshmen. Three - free safety Karl Joseph, inside receiver Jordan Thompson and long snapper John DePalma - are currently listed as starters.
Six more - nose tackle Christian Brown, receiver Travares Copeland, safety K.J. Dillon, defensive tackle Korey Harris, cornerback Nana Kyeremeh and receiver Devonte Robinson - appear on the current depth chart.
The class, though, took a hit when running backs Roshard Burney and Torry Clayton from Florida didn't make the cut. Four-star recruits Sam Lebbie and Deontay McManus had to head for the Atlanta Sports Academy. The highest rated player left was four-star offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky, who remains, but not on the depth chart.
Of those signed (some late, like Ricky Rumph), 24 remain.
So you can see that while WVU had recruiting success three and four years ago, most of that success boiled away. And while it's still early to judge the last two classes, only Joseph, Bruce and, to some degree, Buie and Dustin Garrison, have made significant impacts.
Take your time considering it, though.
This voting booth never closes.
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