Newly returned safeties coach Tony Gibson flipped two high rated junior college prospects who had at one time planned on playing at Arizona, but instead signed their NLI to join Dana Holgorsen’s 2013 recruiting class, made official Wednesday.
Mario Alford, Greenville, Ga., Georgia Military College, (WR, 5-9,175) & Brandon Golson, St. Mathews, S.C., Georgia Military College, (LB, 6-3, 220)
The two are both expected to make quick impact on the team, and that was the gist of Gibson’s pitch to them he said on signing day. Gibson said he never stopped recruiting the pair after leaving the Arizona staff to return to West Virginia, and the circumstances lined up for both players.
“The kids, what they want to know is am I going to be able to fit in and play right away?” said Gibson. “That’s the thing. You can never guarantee a kid you’re going to come in and be a starter. We’re going to give you an opportunity to come in (and be a starter).
“As far as the scheme goes and what we lost on offense last year? You lose all your production, a kid like Mario, who’s played tailback, played slot receiver, done those things, can really run. He came in, after coming out of the meetings with the offensive guys on the visit, he was all smiles, and he was ready to go.”
As for Golson?
“Then with Brandon Golson, a kid who’s got great size, can run, do all those things, and fit into a 3-4 defense and be able to come off the edge, and get after the quarterback …it was just a perfect fit for both of those guys. That part was easy selling them on here’s what we lost, you guys are coming in. we’re starting from scratch and we’ll go from there.”