"A lot of times a junior college kid is a risk-reward thing," Dorchester said. "We're not going to take junior college guys at a position we deem to be a strength. You take a junior college guy you expect to be a guy who's going to be a factor that season or at worst the following season."
"Mark Glowinski redshirted last season, which is fine because we didn't necessarily need him to be a contributor last season. It's a different story now and it's time for him to step up this season. We need guys to play. If you're not a starter, at least be part of the two-deep."
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SATURDAY IS the first day of a busy recruiting week as the Mountaineers play host to a swarm of recruits across seven days, capped by the popular day camp July 27 that will have all six players currently committed to the 2014 class and one of the two committed to the 2015 class.
The most notable visitor, though, figures to be on campus July 22. Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell said on his Twitter page two weeks ago that he'll be visiting that day. He's considering WVU and Kentucky after rushing for 641 yards and four touchdowns as a freshman. Shell first wanted to transfer to UCLA, but changed his mind and tried to return to Pitt, but was denied.
Shell plans to visit Kentucky and has said he'll make a decision after he makes both visits. He'll sit out the upcoming season.
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PRIOR TO Tuesday, WVU's only member of a preseason watch list was something of a surprise. Charles Sims, a running back transfer who is eligible for his senior season in 2013 after graduating early from the University of Houston, was nominated for the national player of the year award when he was named to the Maxwell Award watch list last week.
There was another surprise Tuesday when Jordan Thompson was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list for the nation's top receiver. Thompson caught 13 passes for 85 yards as a freshman last season. He slumped late in the schedule with one catch in the final seven games and was subjected to unique treatment from the coaching staff in spring football.
Thompson wasn't allowed to speak to the media in the spring and was routinely critiqued by Coach Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. Thompson impressed in the spring game for a second straight season with six receptions for 123 yards and three touchdowns. The performance was not accepted as a turning point, though, and Holgorsen pointed out Thompson caught eight passes for 66 yards and a score in the 2012 game.
"He will go down in the history books as the greatest spring-game player of all-time," Holgorsen said afterward. "Until he plays like that in a game, we're going to call it like it is. I haven't seen him play like that in a game yet. Until he does that in a game, we're not going to talk about it."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.