The West Virginia Mountaineers are heading into the 2018 season with a ton of new faces, even though all of their stars from the previous season return.
With some transfers from the program and some graduations, there will still be some holes to fill.
Here are three recruits from the class of 2018 that can play right away.
DE Dante Stills
Dante Stills is the No. 1 recruit in West Virginia, and will suit up for his home-state Mountaineers in the fall.
As a pass rusher, Stills can fit in on a defensive line that has been hit by some attrition this offseason. Lamonte McDougle, one of the bright spots on a defensive front that struggled in 2017, has decided to transfer. While Stills plays on the edge, and McDougle in the interior, the depth on the edges is still a little thin until you inject Stills into the conversation.
He has the frame and skill to play immediately, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see some serious playing time for Stills early.
DT Tyrese Allen
As has already been mentioned, West Virginia is thin at the defensive line position. It’s not crazy to think that many young defensive linemen will be pressed into service. Tyrese Allen could end up being a solid defensive tackle for West Virginia, and he’ll almost assuredly get some early playing time.
S Kwantel Raines
Kwantel Raines is West Virginia’s defensive back recruit with the largest amount of raw talent, and that talent may earn him a massive amount of early playing time because of the departure of several members of West Virginia’s secondary.
Lost in the headlines of Will Grier and David Sills returning was the departure of Kyzir White, who has used up all his eligibility in college. While nothing is a sure thing in college football, Raines seems like the best bet to replace White at the Spur position. Raines is athletic, and should improve quickly while practicing against Grier, Sills, and a West Virginia offense that could be one of the best in college football.