"We upgraded our talent level in a lot of different areas," cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell said.
The plan for now to is to put Richardson at cornerback. When Funderburk arrives, he's a safety. Myers, a first-team junior college All-American, and Henry, the top-ranked player in Pennsylvania, could play cornerback or safety. Or both.
What the four new players and all the ideally improved incumbents will do is create some uniformity.
"Hopefully," Mitchell said, "we've got enough depth that we don't have to play Daryl at six different positions again."
WVU hopes Worley sticks at one because he can play it and that he gets stuck there because the parts around him can hold their places. And if injuries occur like they did in such alarming abundance last season, then there ought to be backups in position to step in and prevent other dominoes from falling.
The Mountaineers believe that much in the returning players, but also in the ones that are new to the situation.
Begin with 5-foot-10, 170-pound Richardson, who was committed to Wisconsin before he opted for WVU.
"He's a gym rat who brings that coverage mentality, that win-at-all-costs mentality," Mitchell said. "His football IQ, his understanding of Xs and Os is at a different level. You're talking about raising the level of competition in that room."
Myers is merely a 6-2, 195-pound player who intercepted eight passes in 12 games and who has three years left to play three seasons.
"We always talk about getting bigger, stronger and faster at corner," Mitchell said that. "Jaylon Myers brings that with great size and explosiveness."
Funderburk is a growing 6-1, 180-pound prospect whose skill could blossom with his frame. Henry was one of WVU's top targets and pretty much embodies everything the Mountaineers want as they reconfigure their secondary. The 5-11, 185-pound Henry was first-team All-State in 2013 as an all-purpose player and in 2012 as a defensive back. He'll do the latter at WVU, but in his former life, he rushed for more than 5,400 yards.
"That's the beauty of what we're doing," Mitchell said. "You're talking about taking the best football player on his high school team and putting him in the secondary. Keishawn was a punt returner, a wide receiver and a running back. He has all those skills. Daejuan and Jaylon can do the same things. They can play more than one position. Their depth, their knowledge, their experiences are going to factor into what we want to get done."
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