July is typically a busy month for West Virginia recruiting. EerSports takes a look at where this class stands in comparison with past classes and where it could be by August 1st.
Madsen committed to West Virginia in July, one of many important Mountaineers to do so.
Heading into July - One commitment. Offensive lineman John Bradshaw was the only commitment for West Virginia, pledging on the final day of June.
The Next Thirty-One Days - West Virginia picked up four commitments in July including future All-Conference linebacker Mortty Ivy.
Heading into July - Four commitments (not counting holdover TJ Mitchell). West Virginia got off to a quick start led by future four-year starter Scooter Berry and hard-hitting safety Nate Sowers.
The Next Thirty-One Days - The roll continued in July with the Mountaineers securing five more pledges, including Jarrett Brown and Reed Williams, both of whom proved vital to the program down the road.
Heading into July - Zero commitments. Intended to be a small class from the start, the 2006 Mountaineers bided their time before picking up their first pledge and did not have a single name on the commitment list until after July 4th weekend.
The Next Thirty-One Days - Anthony Leonard finally broke the seal becoming the first commitment for WVU. He would go on to become a four-year contributor that started 20 games while in Morgantown.
Heading into July - Eight commitments. West Virginia was on fire in the summer of 2006, racking up commitments on the heels of the Mountaineers' surprising 11-1 record, Sugar Bowl victory and Top 5 finish. Unfortunately, the majority of these pledges did not pan out - Charlie Russell, Terrence Kerns, Gino Gradkowski and more were all highly-regarded prospects that amounted to very little in Morgantown. Don Barclay and Brandon Hogan, though, proved very valuable in the coming years.
The Next Thirty-One Days - With so many commitments already on board, this is the only July where West Virginia did not pick up a commitment. A couple more would follow in August (including All-Conference defensive end Julian Miller), though.
Heading into July - Four commitments (not counting holdover Terrence Kerns). Jeff Braun started things off with a bang, but he was followed by three eventual disappointments in JJ Dorsey, Chris Palmer and Donovan Miles.
The Next Thirty-One Days - The Mountaineers doubled up on linemen, adding John Bassler and Joe Madsen. Bassler was a perennial backup, but Madsen was a four-year starter for the Mountaineers and will be playing on Sundays this fall.
Heading into July - Ten commitments. The ultimate fast start for West Virginia actually saw more than just ten commitments at this point as a few decommitted (see Boyd, Tajh) later in the process. And of the ten that stuck, eight - Logan Heastie, Deon Long, Cole Bowers, Daquan Hargrett, Jordan Weingart, Chris Snook, Branko Busick and Dominik Davenport - ended up injured, ineligible, transferring, homesick or in jail before 2010. The other two - Shawne Alston and Pat Eger - have found their way on the field, but just as much on the bench due to inconsistency and injury.
The Next Thirty-One Days - Three more commitments for West Virginia came in July, led by three-year starter Terence Garvin. Backup lineman Ryan Spiker and Nick Kindler also pledged to WVU.
Heading into July - Eight commitments (not counting holdover Deon Long). Another slew of early commitments highlighted by major disappointments. Benji Kemoeatu, Trey Johnson, Marquis Wallace, Mike Dorsey, Jeremy Johnson nor Barry Brunetti ever made a reasonable contribution to the team - if they even made it in at all. Wes Tonkery has found a niche on the team, though, while Quinton Spain has proven to be a solid starter at tackle.
The Next Thirty-One Days - Two more commitments for WVU, although one (Quantavius Leslie) never made it in, and the other has not found his way into the rotation (Trevor Demko), yet.
Heading into July - One commitment. Cody Clay was the lone West Virginia pledge heading into July and he has thus far proven to be a solid addition to the roster. After a year redshirting, he took over the starting job at fullback this year and looks to maintain that role this fall.
The Next Thirty-One Days - The Mountaineers really ramped it up in July, picking up seven more commitments. Three (Vance and Vernard Roberts and Brian Athey) have already washed out, but Jared Barber has been fighting for a starting job ever since he arrived in Morgantown, while Nick Kwiatkoski and Dante Campbell both got their first action last year and look to be in the two-deep this year. Defensive end Kyle Rose looks like he could be the next big thing for WVU on the defensive line.
Heading into July - Six commitments. This past fall was the first for this class, so it's obviously early to determine anything. Still, a couple - Imarjaye Albury and Deontay McManus - have already washed out. Tyler Orlsoky, Brandon Napoleon and Jarrod Harper are fighting to get into the two-deep, while Ford Childress is in a battle for the starting quarterback job.
The Next Thirty-One Days - West Virginia picked up four more commitments, although two - Sam Lebbie and Devonte Robinson - are not with the team for 2013. Tony Matteo (guard/center) and Noble Nwachukwu (defensive tackle) are in the mix for playing time this fall.
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