February 3, 2009

On paper, it's the best

MORGANTOWN--West Virginia coaches reportedly were laboring into the early morning hours of Wednesday, attempting to hold onto the commitments they already have and working on several surprises.

Wednesday marks the first day that '09 high-school football players may sign binding letters of intent with their prospective colleges. While the period will last more than a month, most of those commits that have qualified (or will upon high-school graduation) are expected to get the obligation out of the way by midnight Thursday.

Already, on paper, the Mountaineers have rolled in perhaps their best 23 prospects in the history of the program. While the senior classes of 1999 and 1989 produced multiple athletes who were drafted and played in the NFL, according to Rivals reports that started in 2002, no WVU staff has ever brought in more highly ranked players.

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