MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia begins preseason camp in 13 days and could have every one of the 25 possible recruits on the field.
Ryan Dorchester, the team's coordinator of recruiting operations, said this week receiver Mario Alford, linebacker Brandon Golson, linebacker/defensive lineman Darrien Howard, defensive end Dontrill Hyman and safety Isaac McDonald are expected to be on campus in time for the start of practice Aug. 1
If all five make it, then 25 of the 26 recruits WVU signed as part of the 2013 class will be in attendance. The exception is quarterback Chavas Rawlins, who enrolled in January, participated in spring football and then decided to transfer. If the final five players satisfy the NCAA's eligibility center requirements and are ready to go in time, then the Mountaineers would have done something extremely rare these days and put every one of their recruits from the recruiting class on campus.
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ALFORD AND GOLSON were teammates at Georgia Military College and Hyman was a junior college All-American. They're three of the nine junior college players WVU signed this year, a move that addressed needs at running back, receiver, offensive line, linebacker, defensive line and even punter.
Dorchester said the number in the future "might never" be that high again, but that the Mountaineers won't shy away from the tactic.
"I think it's something we established as something we can do if we make it a priority and it's something we made a priority last year and something we had success with," Dorchester said. "It's something we can continue to do, but I hope we don't have to take nine kids again. That's always kind of nerve-racking."
Dorchester believes that, because junior college players have played one or two seasons against college-aged players, they are more physically prepared to play right away and make a mark at a position where WVU needs help.
"You can make up for a lot of talent differential," he said.
WVU has hopes that Stone Underwood at center, Dreamius Smith at running back, Alford, Ronald Carswell and Kevin White at receiver, Golson, Hyman and d'Vante Henry as pass rushers and Nick O'Toole at punter can be starters or, at worst, key contributors in 2013.
It's possible Mark Glowinski, a junior college transfer who redshirted last season, will be the team's starting right guard.