Signing Day is Here!
It’s national signing day and the faxes are starting to roll in. Fax No. 1 arrived from the top-rated prospect in Pennsylvania, defensive back Dravon Henry, at 7:04 a.m.
Be sure to catch all of the latest signings as they come in today on our Signing Day Special page, and check out our live Signing Day Special, presented by United Bank, beginning at 8 a.m.
We will also be blogging live from the Puskar Center until at least noon.
While the faxes come in, here is some light reading to pass the time:
7:47 A.M. Update
Four letters have been received so far, including one that had not been previously reported in 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive lineman Dontae Angus from Martin Luther King High in Philadelphia. I am told Angus had an offer from Florida before signing with the Mountaineers. Besides Angus and Henry, the other two letters to come in are Florida wide receiver Lamar Parker and Florida defensive lineman Tyree Owens.
8:04 A.M. Update
Two more letters have come in: linebacker Xavier Preston and wide receiver Jacob McCrary, two more Florida players. That makes four Florida players already in by my count. Read all about them here ... http://www.wvusports.com/signingday/.
One of the assistant coaches told me that recruiting Dravon Henry was one of the most pleasant recruiting experiences he's ever had, "He's a very low key guy for being such a highly rated player," he said.
8:13 A.M. Update
Already approaching 2,000 views on our Signing Day Special live stream. WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck is scheduled to go on live at 8:30 a.m. to give us a department update.
8:22 A.M. Update
These guys make it happen. In the back is WVU Director of Compliance Harley King, who must make sure every letter-of-intent is OK before passing it along to WVU Director of Football Communications Mike Montoro. Once Mike gets the green light from Harley, he sends out the information to the media. So far we've got six letters in.
8:41 A.M. Update
WVU Director of Athletics Oliver Luck being interviewed on our Signing Day Special, presented by United Bank. The entire coaching staff, including head coach Dana Holgorsen, is scheduled to appear at some point this morning.
WVU just received the letter-of-intent for Aliquippa defensive end Jaleel Fields.
9:01 A.M. Update
A few more letters have arrived, including junior college cornerback Jaylon Myers, making it nine so far. We have also topped 5,000 views on our Signing Day Special, presented by United Bank.
9:13 A.M. Update
While it may be cold outside, things are heating up inside the Milan Puskar Center. Be sure to follow @WVUfootball and @Holgorsendana to get the latest signings as they arrive. Also, don't forget to send us your questions on twitter by using the hashtag #WVUNSD and check out our live stream going on right now. WVU assistant coach JaJuan Seider was recently on the set with Tony and Wolf.
9:30 A.M. Update
A behind-the-scenes look at today's live stream production crew using a portable tricaster. We are now approaching 7,500 views on today's Signing Day Special, presented by United Bank. Be sure to get us your questions on twitter by using the hashtag #WVUNSD.
9:37 A.M. Update
Ten letters have now arrived, including offensive lineman Yodny Cajuste from Hollywood, Fla. I am told that the coaching staff is really excited to have Cajuste in the fold because he is a real diamond in the rough. One name I heard being thrown around as a comparison was Renaldo Turnbull in terms a sheer athleticism and raw athletic ability.
10:19 A.M. Update
As of now, West Virginia has 17 letters in, including the six early enrollees. The latest letter to come across was Avon, Ohio, offensive lineman Walter Rauterkus.
10:27 A.M. Update
Not only are we continuing to monitor our Signing Day Special live stream on site, but our great friends at Citynet are also keeping tabs on things from the backend. Here is their view of today's show. The guys helping out with the live stream include Joe Wolford, Anthony Svingos and Kenny Heck. You can continue to send us questions on twitter by using the hashtag #WVUNSD and Tony, Jeff and Wolf will try to work some of them in. WVU coach Dana Holgorsen is schedule to be on before noon.
11:07 A.M. Update
West Virginia has received the letter from Morgantown's Amanii Brown, the Mountain State's No. 1 prospect.
11:17 A.M. Update
The one Mountaineer fans have been waiting on has arrived, 4-star quarterback William Crest from Baltimore. Crest is considered the top player in the metro area and one of the top players in the state. Crest is from former Mountaineer standout Tavon Austin's high school, Dunbar.
11:45 A.M. Update
This was the view from the Puskar Center when North Carolina running back Donte Thomas-Williams made his announcement for WVU at his high school signing ceremony. There were a couple of guys holding their breath until he finally put the flying WV on. Thomas-Williams ran for more than 2,400 yards and is considered one of the top prep prospects in the state.
12:07 P.M. Update
Mountaineer football's official twitter site http://www.twitter.com/wvufootball has seen a spike of more than 200 followers so far today, and Coach Dana Holgorsen's twitter site http://www.twitter.comholgorsendana has also seen a surge in users today. Is anyone out there working besides us? :)
12:44 P.M. Update
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen is on the set to talk about this year's signing class. Be sure to stop back at 3 p.m. to watch a live stream of Holgorsen's news conference announcing this year's signing class and we will also have a full archive of this year's Signing Day show will be available on Youtube.
1:35 P.M. Update
We are all clear. Here is the crew that brought you today's five-hour coverage of signing day from the Milan Puskar Center. Be sure to check out the live stream of Dana Holgorsen's signing day news conference at 3 p.m. from the Puskar Center.
3:25 P.M. Update
A recap of Dana Holgorsen's remarks from today's Signing Day Show, presented by United Bank.
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