MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The truth will not be present in great abundance Wednesday when West Virginia unveils its 2012 football recruiting class.
There will be at least 25 and perhaps more than 30 names announced, and the one indisputable part of National Signing Day for WVU will be that Coach Dana Holgorsen and his crew had to do a lot of work during an eventful year - and likely right up to the last minute - to assemble what it will present.
Players are prone to change their minds or have their minds changed in the 11th hour and that could add or subtract from the size of the WVU class. No one knows. Not with teenagers who are still trying to figure out who to take to the prom. There are too many whims and too much whimsy.
You do remember Ki'Lial Glaud, right? He's a linebacker from New Jersey and a kid who flipped a coin on signing day in 2009 and opted for Rutgers instead of WVU. The Mountaineers scurried and pulled Keyser's Taige Redman from Ohio University's list.
Players want to surprise observers. Schools want to steal from others.
The whole thing is crazy, and on a certain level, pretty entertaining, right up until the final fax slides out of the machine and the class is complete. Even that is relative. Some who sign won't make it to campus.
A couple more will arrive and participate, but move on from the Mountaineers and play out their eligibility elsewhere.
You need time and schools deserve that time before anyone can form a firm opinion about a recruiting class. Drag your mouse to the recruiting website you trust most and you'll find the Mountaineers aren't far from a top-30 class. Do with that what you want.
Remember, though, how you felt about some of Bill Stewart's work as the WVU coach. He had small classes and spun it like he was strategically undersigning, when, in reality, he just couldn't get the kids he wanted and wasn't going to sacrifice quality for quantity.
In 2010, he constantly talked up his "two ranked classes in the top 25" and how that had never happened in WVU history, when, in reality, it hadn't even happened when he was flaunting it.
Out of the Scout.com,
Rivals.com and ESPN rankings, only Scout had WVU in a top 25 on signing day - and that was No. 22 in 2009.
The Mountaineers weren't in the Scout top 25 in 2008 or 2010 or in the Rivals or ESPN top 25 in 2008-10.
Yet look back, especially at Stewart's 2009 and 2010 classes, and he and his staff actually did better than people probably predicted. In 2009, WVU signed Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Geno Smith, the core of one of the nation's best passing attacks.
Running back Shawne Alston scored 12 touchdowns this past season. Pat Eger started at right tackle. Pat Miller and Brodrick Jenkins started interchangeably at cornerback and should be the starters next season. Darwin Cook was the second-leading tackler, even if you don't count the hit on Obie in the Orange Bowl, and fellow safety Terence Garvin is perhaps the defense's best player.