That follows WVU's 2012 recruiting class, which saw 10 players sign national letters of intent and either leave the team or never play for it. Included among the 10 were four receivers.
By strategy or by circumstances, the Mountaineers are dealing with the reality that 29 scholarship players aren't available this season. A team gets 85 scholarships and can have no more than 105 total players at its disposal.
"Everything falls on me," Holgorsen said. "You can't just sit there and snap your fingers and fix it. You've got to keep building a program. We've been heading that way going on a whole year, but it's not where it needs to be."
He's getting closer, if only in numbers for now. WVU has just 12 scholarship seniors on the roster and will probably sign enough players in February to fulfill the full allotment for the first time since Holgorsen arrived in December 2010, though this class will have contributions from four assistant coaches in their first year on the staff.
The Mountaineers have 50 players on scholarship in their freshman, redshirt freshman, sophomore and redshirt sophomore classes, meaning nearly 60 percent of the possible scholarships have joined the team since Holgorsen's first class in 2011. Holgorsen said he liked the "trajectory" the Mountaineers have established.
"If you look out there, the people we're putting out on the field are part of the recruiting class last year and the recruiting class the year before," Holgorsen said. "The challenge is to just try to get that better. I do think recruiting is getting better and I do think it's got to continue to get better."
All of which leads Holgorsen to point out a silver lining to the first season without a bowl game since 2001. The Mountaineers will have a lot of free time at their disposal after the season ends Nov. 30 against Iowa State (1-9, 0-7). The 4 p.m. game will be televised by Fox Sports 1.
"We'll get back to work quicker in January," he said. "The first Monday in January, we'll be working. We'll be working before the kids report. Recruiting never ends and we'll probably pay a little more attention to it this January.
"Maybe we'll have a lot of coaches and players sitting at home over the holidays saying, 'Boy, everyone on TV is having a good time going to a bowl game. It'd sure be nice to do that.' How do you do it? You work harder, you recruit better, you stay the course and you develop players."
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