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Neal Brown excited about Class of 2022

The West Virginia football team had their annual Signing Day on Wednesday collecting 22 commitments in the class of 2022 for next year’s football team.

Mountaineer head coach Neal Brown met with the media in the afternoon to discuss the day’s signing which included 11 different positions, 15 states, and three countries. Brown talked about how special the day is for these players and the support system around them including parents and high school coaches.

“Special day for us here at West Virginia and really a special day for any prospect that’s signing,” Brown said. “[If] you think about all that goes into playing at this level and there’s so much parent wise, high school coach related, 7-on-7, those type of things, trainers all those things that go into it now and so we’re just very appreciative of the families that have entrusted us to continue that development.”

Brown went into detail in the beginning of his press conference with the media about the different talent they were able to acquire while on the road the past few weeks. The signing of Chandler, Arizona quarterback native Nicco Marchiol was one of the most important pieces on offense that the team was able to secure.

“We tried to address everything because we do have some light rooms and if you look at it offensively — high school quarterback. I think that’s always kind of the focal point of any class,” Brown said. “We really like the receiver group we have added, we’ve got one more that we’ll add later on today.”

One of West Virginia’s struggles this season was at offensive line where the group wasn’t always able to keep a steady line in front of quarterback Jarret Doege but just lost an offensive lineman to the transfer portal in Parker Moorer. The Mountaineers added four offensive lineman in this class to help bolster their depth.

“Our offensive line we continue to add to that room, I think it’s gone from a room that really was probably the weakest on our football team that we’re continuing to add bodies, we add four quality bodies in that room,” said Brown.

The defensive side of West Virginia’s line of scrimmage was also aided on Wednesday as the team grabbed 11 defensive players with a standout expecting to be East Mississippi CC linebacker Lee Kpogba.

“Defensively if you look at it linebacker was a point of need, we’re down numbers there and so we were able to add an older guy in Lee (Kpogba) who we feel like can come in and compete right away and some young developmental guys, add three corners which was a point of emphasis, we’ll continue to add numbers in that secondary class for sure,” explained Brown.

Brown also talked about how much him and his coaching staff have traveled around the country these past few weeks looking at high school football players for the future of the West Virginia football team.

“So, the last two weeks were hectic, so the recruiting contact period starts the day after our Kansas game and really from that Sunday after Kansas. I was gone that whole week and our staff was gone that whole week,” Brown said. “We came and hosted three official visitors that first weekend, left out again Sunday, came back Friday late, hosted I think six official visitors last weekend and so we went from Boston, Massachusetts, to Phoenix, Arizona, to Sean Mahone’s award banquet there in Las Vegas, all the way to South Florida — so we covered some mileage.”

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