Something about West Virginia’s recruiting class must have been unsettling to the national pundits.
How else could a drop of three spots in ESPN’s “Way Too Early” national poll for the 2018 season be explained.
But that was the case. ESPN senior college football writer Mark Schlabach dropped the Mountaineers from 10th to 13th. The decline came between the end of the college football season and National Signing Day.
The Mountaineers whiffed on three potential 4-star recruits on National Signing Day. They were beaten out by Louisville for safety Marlon Character Jr. and cornerback Jairus Brents. And they missed out on massive defensive tackle Emmit Gooden to Tennessee.
Could Mountaineers have been overrated originally?
It was surprising that West Virginia ranked as highly as the Mountaineers originally were in the top 10 of Schlabach’s poll, considering their late-season struggles.
The Mountaineers fell apart with two losses to finish a 7-6 season after quarterback Will Grier’s finger injury.
Maybe that led to the alteration as much as any recruiting disappointments for Dana Holgorsen’s team. But it is significant as West Virginia’s dip of three spots is the largest of any team ranked in the poll released on Monday.