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WVU secures class of 2013

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

Dana Holgorsen buttoned up a strong class on Wednesday at West Virginia, closing out National Signing Day with a class of 25 commits.

Nine were junior college players, several were high end prospects, and the list included players from 15 different states.

Seven players enrolled early in January, leaving the fax machine to roll out 18 signatures on Wednesday.

"We did a heck of a job. I think this staff did a heck of a job," said Holgorsen, in a suit and tie behind the podium at the Milan Puskar Center team room.

Did any cause the staff to sweat at the eleventh hour?

“Yes, all 25 of them,” said Holgorsen. “We felt pretty good about the seven that were enrolled here early. We worked those seven guys out yesterday. You never know with the other 18 guys. We talked to all of them yesterday and talked to them again today. We are glad it worked out the way it did.”

The highlights of the class are receiver Shelton Gibson from Cleveland Heights, Ohio who had offers from 18 other schools including Ohio State and multiple SEC programs, junior college players Mario Alford, a 5-9, 175 pound explosive receiver and Brandon Golson, a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker, both from Georgia Military College.

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West Virginia Class of 2013:

Mario Alford, Greenville, Ga./Georgia Military College, (WR, 5-9,175)

Al-Rasheed Benton, Newark, N.J., Lackawanna College (LB, 6-4, 210)

Ronald Carswell, Macon, Ga. (WR, 6-0, 275)

Hodari Christian, McKeesport High School (LB, 6-1, 195)

Shelton Gibson, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, (WR, 6-1, 175)

Brandon Golson, St. Mathews, S.C./Georgia Military College, (LB, 6-3, 220)

Malik Greaves, Jacksonville, Fla. (S, 6-3, 200)

Marvin Gross, Baltimore, Md (DE, 6-4, 225)

d’Vante Henry, Moore, Okla./Arizona Western (LB 6-5, 205)

Darrien Howard, Dayton, Ohio, (LB, 6-2, 250)

Dontrill Hyman, Warsaw, N.C./Hinds Community College, (DE, 6-4, 265)

Marcell Lazard, Bloomfield, N.J., (OL, 6-6, 293)

Grant Lingafelter, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, (OL, 6-5, 265)

Isaac McDonald, Hialeah, Fla. (S, 6-5, 205)

Nick O’Toole, Corona, Calif./Fullerton College (P, 6-5, 220)

Chavas Rawlins, Monessen High (QB, 6-3, 190)

Daikiel Shorts, WR, Clayton, N.J./Eastern Christian

Wendell Smallwood, Wilmington, Del. (RB, 5-11, 194)

Dreamius Smith, Wichita, Kan./Butler CC (RB, 5-10, 215)

Tyler Tezeno, Houston, Texas, (OL, 6-3, 280)

Jeremy Tyler, Lithonia, Ga. (S, 6-0, 195)

Stone Underwood, Brookhaven, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln CC, (OL 6-4, 285)

Elijah Wellman, Huntington, W.Va. (FB, 6-2, 235)

Kevin White, Macungie, Pa./Lackawanna College, (WR, 6-4, 210)

Daryl Worley, Philadelphia, Pa. (S, 6-2, 190)

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