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Holgorsen Looking Forward to Signing Day

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MORGANTOWN -

Many people mark holidays and birthdays on their calendars. College football coaches typically circle one day on their calendar and that is National Signing Day.

Signing Day is set for February 1. That is the day most college football prospects finalize their college choices.

Coaches spend that day working the phones to answer any last questions a recruit may have before making their decision. They also pay close attention to the fax machine and eagerly wait for those signed letters of intent to roll in.

West Virginia University has received a lot of verbal commitments this year and appears poised to welcome in a big class of recruits. But, those verbal commitments mean very little until they are followed up by signed letters of intent.

WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff have spent the past year working on the 2012 recruiting class.

"Recruiting is a year long process," Holgorsen said. "Some of the guys have been committed a long time and some of the guys are in here right now. We're ready to put some closure on it."

Holgorsen was referring to some of the recruits visiting Morgantown last weekend. Those recruits attended the basketball game and saw West Virginia beat Cincinnati 77-74 in overtime in front of a sold out crowd.

"This is a great weekend and one of our last weekends," Holgorsen said. "To be able to bring them to a game like this in this kind of atmosphere really helps, there is no question."

Those recruits also saw the football team honored at halftime for its 70-33 victory over Clemson in the Orange Bowl. That record-setting win has generated even more interest in the program during the final month of the 2012 recruiting season.

"It's been going good and since the bowl game was over it has created a lot of energy and given us a big push at the end," Holgorsen stated.

The added interest is not just from offensive players who saw Geno Smith pass for six touchdowns and Tavon Austin catch four touchdown passes.

"There are a lot of people that were watching that," Holgorsen stated. "That's not just offense. You don't score 70 points just because of offense. You don't win like that and put on a performance like that on one side, you got to do it on all three."

Holgorsen had five players enroll early. That is significant for two reasons. Those five players will be able to participate in spring practice. They also count against the 2011 recruiting class, which had plenty of open scholarships available that would have gone unused.

"You got to use your scholarships," Holgorsen said firmly. "If you don't use them then you lose them. We've been talking about this since I got here that our numbers are down. We are only up to about 72, which when you get 85 we are talking about I-AA numbers. We got five in that count backwards and then we'll be able to sign a full class of 25 in addition to the five guys that are already here."

Basketball coaches get to enjoy an early signing period. It is a window of time that college prospects can sign letters of intent early and go on and enjoy the remainder of their senior seasons. Football does not have an early signing period.

"It would make things easier for us," Holgorsen said. "I doubt it will ever happen. There is something to be said about watching these kids in their senior year. Recruiting has gotten so early that an early signing day would make our job easier, but don't underestimate the importance of watching a kid in his senior year and watching them develop and making decisions based on that."

The countdown continues at the Puskar Center and at college football facilities around the country. One week and counting until decision day for many college prospects including those planning to call themselves future Mountaineers.

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