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West Virginia recruiting analysis

(Beginning now and going throughout the day, I'll have a recap of every Big East team's 2011 signing class, going in reverse alphabetical order. Because we're going heavy on recruiting through the afternoon, the Thursday links won't appear at noon but will be posted later on).

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS

The class

2011 signees: 17

Top prospects: Terrell Chestnut is a versatile athlete who can play a lot of positions. Running back Andrew Buie has strength and explosion. Vance Roberts is projected as a starting corner, and West Virginia signed his twin brother, Vernard, too.

Needs met: The Mountaineers needed to restock the offensive line and got four tall prospects with size at that position. They also got some running backs, wide receivers and other potential playmakers for Dana Holgorsen's spread offense.

Analysis: West Virginia's final class under head coach Bill Stewart isn't heavy on headliners. But as usual, the Mountaineers have recruited a lot of speed while avoiding some of the shrimp-sized players of the past. There are some intriguing sleepers in here as well.

What Stewart said: "You never bat 1.000 and you never hit a home run every time you swing, but I am really excited about this class. It is a very solid class, and we are very happy. These guys will be great additions to this program."

Scouts Inc. grade: C+