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Future WVU?gridders set to sign

Football’s top college recruits make their choices official today

February 1, 2012
By Edgar Kelley - Sports Editor , The Inter-Mountain

West Virginia University football fans will get a glimpse into the future when the 2012 recruiting class is unveiled today.

Across the country high school seniors will be making their choices official as National Signing Day marks the first day when gridders can sign a National Letter of Intent.

The Mountaineers are expected to sign least 25 players in what will be head coach Dana Holgorsen's first recruiting class.

West Virginia already has five recruits enrolled and on campus. That list includes: Ford Childress (QB), Imarjaye Albury (DL), Karl Joseph (DB), Jordan Thompson (WR) and Sean Walters (DB).

Childress could be the top prize of the early signees. The 6-4, 205-pound signal caller from Kinkaid High School in Houston, Texas, is rated by most publications as four-star recruit.

He is the son of five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ray Childress, who played for the Houston Oilers for 11 seasons.

Childress threw for 3,152 yards and 28 touchdowns during his senior season.

Childress chose WVU over Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Arizona and Arizona State.

With five players already committed, that leaves the Mountaineers with 21 more scholarships.

West Virginia has verbal commitments from many players across the country, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll make their way to Morgantown.

Two verbals in particular, Florida running back J.T. Washington and Pennsylvania wide receiver Nate Smith, have reportedly decided to go elsewhere.

Washington is said to be headed to Arizona, while Smith is projected to sign with Temple.

For every recruit the Mountaineers may lose, its possible WVU? could land two more in their place. Several players that have expressed interest in West Virginia University and are still uncommitted and could eventually end up in the gold and blue.

One of those players is Virginia wide receiver Joel Caleb, who is among the Top 10 pass-catchers in the country.

Caleb is also considering Ohio State and Virginia Tech.

The list goes on-and-on of who could go where and what teams will end up on top of the 2012 recruiting class. No matter which college grid team you cheer for, it all makes for an exciting day for football fans across the country.

ESPNU will have continuos coverage and live updates the entire day, beginning at 9 a.m. and running until 7 p.m.



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