In a way, it's reminiscent of former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll's drafting philosophy of taking the best available athlete no matter the position.
"If the kid's good enough, we'll make it work,'' Dorchester said. "I think you have to address every position every year, even if you don't have holes. You may end up having guys stacked at a position, but you deal with that when the time comes.''
To date, West Virginia has only two verbal commitments for the 2014 class - quarterback William Crest of Baltimore and receiver Ricky Rogers of Monroeville, Pa. Because the Mountaineers don't lose many seniors after the coming year, the class is likely to be relatively small, although that can always change with roster defections and the like.
The timing of commitments, of course, seems to constantly fluctuate. One year West Virginia - or almost any team, really - will have nearly half its class filled by early summer, and another year it will be back-loaded with late commitments.
Although most coaches would probably prefer to have a class basically in hand as early as possible, waiting has its up side, too.
"Look at our class last season and when they came into the fold,'' Dorchester said. "Some of the guys we think can come in and compete right away, we didn't even really start recruiting until December. Think of Mario Alford, Brandon Golson, Shelton Gibson, Ron Carswell, Kevin White, Dontrill Hyman, Jeremy Tyler - they were all late in the process.
"I've never seen the perfect blueprint for when you want to fill up your class.''
For now, college coaches are pretty much in a hurry-up-and-wait mode. The Mountaineers have used up all their allotted off-campus recruiting days for the spring, and in early June they will conduct their on-campus camps. After the staff takes time off in late June and early July, there are one-day camps in late July and then practice begins in August.
And with new coaches - Tony Gibson, Brian Mitchell, Lonnie Galloway and Ron Crook - some of the recruiting areas have changed. The Mountaineers are still involved in the surrounding states, plus Florida and Texas, but now Georgia is more of a target. Three players were signed from there in the 2013 class.
"Remember, until this year, the last two first-round picks from here were both from Atlanta [Pacman Jones and Bruce Irvin],'' Dorchester said. "There's talent there. It's a huge city with a huge airport with direct flights to Pittsburgh. If we're in Florida, why not Georgia?''
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