This week, the Mountaineers received signed letters of intent from four junior college prospects for the 2013 season. All four prospects will enroll for the spring semester in January. The four players enrolling this spring include WR Ronald Carswell, WR Kevin White, RB Dreamius Smith, and S Terrell Pinson.
The news was first announced at wvusports.com. That article has a lot of good information about the biographical information of each of the four recruits.
The JUCO four are coming to Morgantown early to get a better understanding of the system they will be playing in so that they will have a better opportunity to compete for starting spots on the 2013 roster. All four will be competing for open spots.
Both Carswell and White will be big contenders for one of the three vacancies at wide receiver after Austin, Bailey, and Woods depart West Virginia for the NFL this spring. They will have to compete with Tavares Copeland, Dante Campbell, K.J. Myers, and Jordan Thompson for the four starting spots at receiver.
Dreamius Smith will find a stiffer competition for playing time at running back. Smith is a bigger back, at 5’11″ 215 pounds, and has the potential to fit into Shawne Alston’s role for next season. Smith can provide the bigger, more physical running style between the tackles to complement the shifty Buie and Garrison that the Mountaineers will need next season.
Finally, Terrell Pinson will bring depth to the safety position, but seems likely to not obtain a starting position with Karl Joseph and Darwin Cook holding down the starting safety positions. Pinson might be able to impress the coaches and new defensive coordinator Keith Patterson to dethrone either safety.
These four recruits are the first of what promises to be a memorable Mountaineers recruiting class.
UPDATE: Terrell Pinson has since decommited from West Virginia and is now set to join Louisiana Tech.