That's how long fans of Mountaineer football will have to wait until they see what the future of West Virginia will be as head coach Bill Stewart will introduce the 2010 recruiting class next Wednesday.
Reports have ranged from a top 15 class to one that could become a middle of the pack group if recent defections become reality.
Heading into the final week of recruiting, Stewart and his staff are having to shore up the commitments of at least three earlier verbals, including 5-star safety Latwan Anderson of Glenville High School in Cleveland.
Anderson, rated among the top 110 players in the country by Scout.com, chose the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to announce his intentions of becoming a Mountaineer. But a recent offer by new USC head coach Lane Kiffin has caused the hard-hitting defender to reconsider his decision.
While the loss of Anderson would be disappointing, fans need to understand that he is only one player in a class that can number as many as 25 scholarship athletes and a proverbial unlimited number of invited and uninvited walkons.
If one is to believe what they read on the scouting Web sites, WVU appears to be headed toward having a banner recruiting class - just look at Scout.com's most recent Top 300 list.
In addition to Anderson, the old gold and blue has received verbals from offensive tackle Quinton Spain (Petersburg, Va.) and quarterback Jeremy Johnson (Silsbee, Texas) and is still being considered by Miramar High School (Miramar, Fla.) wide receiver Ivan McCartney, cornerback Christian Bryant - a teammate of Anderson at Glenville High School - wide receiver Adrian Coxson from Baltimore City College, wide receiver Vincent Sanders from Noxubee County High School (Macon, Miss.), wide receiver Markeith Ambles from Henry County High School (McDonough, Ga.), defensive tackle Jibreel Black from Wyoming High School (Wyoming, Ohio), safety Demar Dorsey from Boyd H. Anderson High School (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) and cornerback Nickell Robey from Frostproof Middle High School (Frostproof, Fla.).
All are listed among the country's Top 300 according to Scout.com and Robey and Coxson were both in Morgantown last weekend.
Two more players are slated to visit the school this weekend - 3-star safety Shaydon Akuna from Kapolei High School (Kapolei, HI) and 3-star wide receiver Ace Sanders from Manatee High School (Bradenton, Fla.). Both have been offered scholarships by the Mountaineers and both have at least medium interest in becoming a part of the Class of 2010.
Fans will probably have to wait until National Letter of Intent Signing Day next Wednesday, Feb. 3, to find out for sure if West Virginia becomes the 'school-of-choice' for any or all of these talented athletes. But having the old gold and blue listed among the possible choices of this many players considered to be among the top at their positions on the high school level shows the level which the Mountaineer program has grown to during the past several years.
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