WVU signs 18 on first day of early signing period


    Taking advantage of the early signing period, West Virginia received 18 National Letters of Intent Wednesday. (WCHS/WVAH)

    Taking advantage of the early signing period, West Virginia received 18 National Letters of Intent Wednesday.

    The Mountaineers' 18 signees represent nine states, including the Mountain State.

    Capital High School's Kerry Martin Jr. signed with the Mountaineers just after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

    Martin signed as a cornerback, but as a senior he threw for more than 2,100 yards and 29 touchdowns and rushed for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was twice named to the Class AA All-State First-Team.

    Martin is rated as a three-start prospect by ESPN and 247Sports.

    The Mountaineers received letters of intent from two four-start prospects.

    Osita Smith is rated a four-star safety by ESPN and 247Sports.

    The Bowie, Md. native played on both sides in high school and is rated as the No. 26 safety by 247Sports and the No. 40 wide reciever by ESPN. He also received offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Marshall, Maryland, Purdue, Rutgers, and Wake Forest.

    The second four-star recruit to sign with WVU is junior college transfer Dreshun Miller.

    The 6 foot 2 inch, 185 pound cornerback has spent the last two seasons playing at Eastern Arizona Community College where he was named All-WSFL All-League and All-Region.

    He is ranked the No. 7 overall junior college recruit by Rivals and the No. 2 cornerback. Miller received offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Houston, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Auburn.

    For a complete list of WVU signees, click here.

    WVU will take the field for the final time this season on Dec. 28 when the Mountaineers take on Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando.



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