If you believe in crunching numbers, polls and stats, the 2015 class was a successful one at West Virginia University. Sure, there were hits and misses, but that happens at every school in the country.
While some fans were unhappy with the overall class, was it really that bad?
It wasn’t according to Rivals.com.
The recruiting service has West Virginia sitting third behind Oklahoma and Texas in the Big 12. WVU sits ahead of national championship contenders Baylor and TCU.
When the day was over, WVU was ranked No. 33.
If you compare schools like Oklahoma and Texas to West Virginia, there is no real comparison. WVU doesn’t have the pipelines and schools to tap into like the Sooners and Horns. The Mountaineers have to focus in the Mid-Atlantic region and Florida, but that’s been the game plan of the football staff.
The coaching staff has done a solid job of turning a negative into a positive and shifted the focus to the Big 12.
“It’s just our philosophy that we can recruit a better kid more regionally and in the Northeast and up and down the East coast, Holgorsen said. “We can sell the Big 12 brand. We can recruit against almost everybody and get a better kid than we can do in Texas right now.”
Holgorsen mentioned guys like Jordan Thompson, Garrett Hope and Dustin Garrison, all from Texas, but they fit a need at that time of the program.
“Those guys brought something to our team that I didn’t feel like existed at that point. Just a ton of structure and hardworking guys that were undersized and weren’t recruited by a lot of those Texas schools. I thought it served its purpose going into the Big 12.” he said.
Third in the Big 12 Conference after National Signing Day.
Was it really that bad?