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National Signing Day Preview: WVU Looks to Finish Strong

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Safety prospect Jeremy Tyler (pictured above) has narrowed his group of finalists to Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. Safety prospect Jeremy Tyler (pictured above) has narrowed his group of finalists to Texas Tech, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
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The West Virginia coaching staff currently has 24 commitments in the 2013 recruiting class and with National Signing Day less than 24 hours away, there is potential to add 4-5 more names to the list.

Recruits can begin sending in their Letters of Intent at 7:00 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 6th.  We will have full coverage here on WVIllustrated.com and be sure to hang out with us all day during our 2nd Annual National Signing Day Live Chat right here on the website.

 

The committed prospects (24):

Al-Rasheed Benton *** 

6'2" 220-lbs.

Newark, N.J. / Shabazz HS 

Position: Linebacker

Date of commitment: 10/22/12

Lead recruiter: Jake Spavital

Rivals.com ranking: 38th overall inside LB; 25th overall prospect in N.J.

Additional offers: Arizona State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt

 

Ronald Carswell (JUCO) ***

6'0" 180-lbs.

Fulton, Miss. / Itawamba C.C.

Position: Wide receiver

Date of commitment: 12/02/12

Lead recruiter: Shannon Dawson

Rivals.com ranking: N/A  

Additional offers: Alabama, East Carolina, Western Kentucky; Signed with Alabama in 2010

 

Hodari Christian ***

6'1" 215-lbs.

McKeesport, Pa. / McKeesport HS

Position: Linebacker

Date of commitment: 5/11/12

Lead recruiter: Steve Dunlap

Rivals.com ranking: 26th overall prospect in Pa.

Additional offers: Illinois, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers

 

DeShawn Coleman *** 

6'0" 170-lbs.

Hermitage, Pa. / Hickory HS

Position: Running back

Date of commitment: 4/21/12

Lead recruiter: Steve Dunlap

Rivals.com ranking: 47th overall RB; 15th overall prospect in Pa.

Additional offers: Penn State, Purdue

 

Shelton Gibson **** 

6'1" 175-lbs.

Cleveland Heights, Ohio / Cleveland Heights HS

Position: Wide receiver

Date of commitment: 1/16/13

Lead recruiter: Shannon Dawson

Rivals.com ranking: 15th overall WR; 7th overall prospect in Ohio

Additional offers: Auburn, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, N.C. State, Ohio State, Pitt, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

 

Malik Greaves ***

6'2" 200-lbs.

Jacksonville, Fla. / Sandalwood HS

Position: Safety

Date of commitment: 12/02/12

Lead recruiter: Joe DeForest

Rivals.com ranking: 45th overall Safety

Additional offers: Auburn, Duke, North Carolina, South Florida, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wisconsin

 

Marvin Gross ***

6'4" 225-lbs.

Baltimore, Md. / Dunbar HS

Position: Defensive end

Date of commitment: 11/08/12

Lead recruiter: Erik Slaughter

Rivals.com ranking: 23rd overall prospect in Md.

Additional offers: Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Marshall, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Washington

 

D'Vante Henry (JUCO) ***

6'5" 205-lbs.

Yuma, Ariz. / Arizona Western C.C.

Position: Linebacker

Date of commitment: 12/19/12

Lead recruiter: Erik Slaughter

Rivals.com ranking: 23rd overall Junior College prospect

Additional offers: Iowa State, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Utah

 

Darrien Howard ****

6'2" 250-lbs.

Dayton, Ohio / Chaminade-Julienne HS

Position: Linebacker/Defensive End

Date of commitment: 6/01/12

Lead recruiter: Bill Bedenbaugh

Rivals.com ranking: 10th overall ILB; 16th overall prospect in Ohio

Additional offers: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, N.C. State, Pitt

 

Dontrill Hyman (JUCO) **

6'4" 265-lbs.

Raymond, Miss. / Hinds C.C.

Position: Defensive end

Date of commitment: 2/03/13

Lead recruiter: Erik Slaughter, Brian Mitchell

Rivals.com ranking: N/A

Additional offers: LSU, East Carolina, LA Lafayette, Mississippi State

 

Marcell Lazard ***

6'6" 295-lbs.

Bloomfield, N.J. / Bloomfield HS

Position: Offensive tackle

Date of commitment: 4/21/12

Lead recruiter: Bill Bedenbaugh

Rivals.com ranking: 33rd overall OT; 13th overall prospect in N.J.

Additional offers: Cincinnati, Florida, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Ohio State, Pitt, South Carolina, South Florida, Virginia

 

Grant Lingafelter ***

6'5" 270-lbs.

Chagrin Falls, Ohio / Chagrin Falls HS

Position: Offensive tackle

Date of commitment: 1/29/13

Lead recruiter: Bill Bedenbaugh

Rivals.com ranking: 75th overall prospect in Ohio

Additional offers: Akron, Ball State, Cincinnati, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Ohio, Toledo

 

Jacky Marcellus ***

5'8" 175-lbs.

Immokalee, Fla. / Immokalee HS

Position: Wide receiver

Date of commitment: 8/03/12

Lead recruiter: Erik Slaughter

Rivals.com ranking: 18th overall all-purpose back

Additional offers: Cincinnati, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Rutgers, Vanderbilt

 

Isaac McDonald ***

6'5" 205-lbs.

Hialeah, Fla. / Champagnat Catholic HS

Position: Linebacker

Date of commitment: 7/14/12

Lead recruiter: Robert Gillespie

Rivals.com ranking: N/A

Additional offers: Clemson, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford

 

Nick O'Toole (JUCO) ** 

6'4" 220-lbs.

Fullerton, Calif. / Fullerton College

Position: Punter

Date of commitment: 2/04/13

Lead recruiter: Joe DeForest

Rivals.com ranking: N/A

Additional offers: N/A

 

Chavas Rawlins ***

6'4" 190-lbs.

Monessen, Pa. / Monessen HS

Position: Quarterback

Date of commitment: 5/18/12

Lead recruiter: Jake Spavital, Steve Dunlap

Rivals.com ranking: 20th overall dual-threat QB; 16th overall prospect in Pa.

Additional offers: Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, Virginia

 

Daikiel Shorts ***

6'1" 200-lbs.

Elkton, Md. / Eastern Christian Academy

Position: Wide receiver

Date of commitment: 7/30/12

Lead recruiter: Daron Roberts

Rivals.com ranking: N/A

Additional offers: Boise State, Boston College, Maryland, N.C. State, Temple, UCLA

 

Wendell Smallwood ***

5'11" 195-lbs.

Elkton, Md. / Eastern Christian Academy

Position: Running back

Date of commitment: 8/08/12

Lead recruiter: Daron Roberts

Rivals.com ranking: 39th overall RB; 15th overall prospect in Md.

Additional offers: Auburn, Boston College, Connecticut, Hawaii, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee

 

Dreamius Smith (JUCO) ***

6'1" 220-lbs.

El Dorado, Kan. / Butler County C.C.

Position: Running back

Date of commitment: 11/19/12

Lead recruiter: Robert Gillespie

Rivals.com ranking: 27th overall Junior College prospect

Additional offers: Oklahoma State

 

Tyler Tezeno ***

6'3" 280-lbs.

Houston, Texas / Klein Collins HS

Position: Offensive center/guard

Date of commitment: 6/07/12

Lead recruiter: Shannon Dawson

Rivals.com ranking: 8th overall offensive center

Additional offers: Arizona State, Boise State, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Northwestern

 

Stone Underwood (JUCO) **

6'4" 285-lbs.

Wesson, Miss. / Copiah-Lincoln C.C.

Position: Offensive center

Date of commitment: 1/14/13

Lead recruiter: Bill Bedenbaugh, Shannon Dawson

Rivals.com ranking: N/A

Additional offers: Massachusetts, Memphis; Originally signed with Southeastern Louisiana in 2010

 

Elijah Wellman **

6'2" 225-lbs.

Huntington, W.Va. / Spring Valley HS

Position: Fullback

Date of commitment: 6/18/12

Lead recruiter: Steve Dunlap, Robert Gillespie

Rivals.com ranking: 2nd overall prospect in W.Va.

Additional offers: Bowling Green, Charlotte, Marshall, Ohio

 

Daryl Worley ***

6'0" 185-lbs.

Philadelphia, Pa. / William Penn Charter School

Position: Safety

Date of commitment: 7/30/12

Lead recruiter: Jake Spavital

Rivals.com ranking: 51st overall Safety; 19th overall prospect in Pa.

Additional offers: Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee

 

Kevin White (JUCO) ***

6'4" 210-lbs.

Scranton, Pa. / Lackawanna C.C.

Position: Wide receiver

Date of commitment: 12/12/12

Lead recruiter: Jake Spavital

Rivals.com ranking: 56th overall Junior College prospect

Additional offers: Bowling Green, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Texas Tech

 

The targets:

Mackenro Alexander ***

6'0" 195-lbs.

Immokalee, Fla. / Immokalee HS

Position: Safety

Visit date: 1/25/13

Lead recruiter: Erik Slaughter

Rivals.com ranking: 43rd overall Safety

Finalists: Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, WVU…additional offers from Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, TCU, Tennessee, Texas A&M

 

Mario Alford (JUCO) ***

5'9" 175-lbs.

Milledgeville, Ga. / Georgia Military College

Position: Wide receiver

Visit date: 1/25/13

Lead recruiter: Tony Gibson

Rivals.com ranking: 82nd overall Junior College prospect

Finalists: Arizona, WVU…additional offers from Cincinnati, Kansas, Ole Miss, Texas Tech

 

Tyler Boyd ****

6'1" 170-lbs.

Clairton, Pa. / Clairton HS

Position: Wide receiver

Visit date: 1/25/13

Lead recruiter: Tony Gibson

Rivals.com ranking: 12th overall WR; 6th overall prospect in Pa.

Finalists: Pitt, Tennessee, WVU…additional offers from Arizona, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin

 

Daryl Chestnut ***

5'9" 190-lbs.

Miami, Fla. / Columbus HS

Position: Running back

Visit date: 2/01/13

Lead recruiter: Robert Gillespie

Rivals.com ranking: 8th overall all-purpose back; 54th overall prospect in Fla.

Finalists: Western Michigan, WVU…additional offers from Florida State, Kansas State, Kentucky, N.C. State, Texas Tech

 

Brandon Golson (JUCO) ***

6'3" 220-lbs.

Milledgeville, Ga. / Georgia Military College

Position: Linebacker

Visit date: 1/25/13

Lead recruiter: Tony Gibson

Rivals.com ranking: 35th overall Junior College prospect

Finalists: Arizona, WVU…additional offer from South Carolina; originally signed with Gamecocks in 2010

 

Marquion Lane ***

6'2" 175-lbs.

Deland, Fla. / Trinity Christian Academy

Position: cornerback/wide receiver

Visit date: 2/01/13

Lead recruiter: Joe DeForest

Rivals.com ranking: 72nd overall WR; 95th overall prospect in Fla.

Finalists: Arkansas, Cincinnati, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, WVU…additional offers from Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State, Purdue, Vanderbilt

 

Jeremy Tyler ***

6'1" 200-lbs.

Lithonia, Ga. / Martin Luther King HS

Position: Safety

Visit date: 1/18/13

Lead recruiter: Robert Gillespie, Tony Gibson

Rivals.com ranking: 42nd overall Safety; 51st overall prospect in Ga.

Finalists: Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, WVU…additional offers from Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, North Carolina, N.C. State, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M

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