One week, seven days, or 168 hours.
No matter how you look at it, that is the amount of time West Virginia University football fans will have to wait to find out just who, or who will not, be part of the Mountaineer football team's recruiting class of 2011.
Just this past weekend, head coach Bill Stewart and his staff, which includes newly-hired coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen, entertained more than half-a-dozen potential Mountaineers. Among the group was 3-star safety (No. 109) Nick Kwiatkoski and 2-star offensive guard Brandon Jackson, both of whom already had given verbal agreements to WVU.
By Sunday, Stewart had two new names to add to the commitment list as 3-star (No. 56) cornerback Terrell Chestnut as well as 3-star (No. 49) running back Andrew Buie decided to become Mountaineers.
To date, WVU has received commitments from 23 players.
NCAA requirements allow a team playing in Division I to allocate 25 scholarships per year with a maximum of 85 players being on scholarship at any one time.
The recent defections of some players, including quarterbacks Barry Brunetti and Jeremy Johnson, as well as the normal attrition a program suffers will allow WVU to apply as many as six scholarships from last year's recruiting class toward this year's crop of newcomers.
Junior college linebacker Joshua Francis, the only player to have already signed his national letter-of-intent, is on campus and enrolled for the spring semester as are quarterbacks Brian Athey and Paul Millard and twins Vernard and Vance Roberts.
One would have to believe that those five would be counted as part of the 2010 class, giving the coaching staff even more flexibility.
And then, there are the normal losses a team sufferson signing day. Some players have a change of heart while others fail to meet the requirements established by the NCAA's Clearinghouse.
Fans who get on their favorite recruiting site in an attempt to stay up on their program's efforts to bring in what is hoped to be a Top 25 class may find themselves more confused than informed.
An athlete may by a 3-star on one site, but rises to a 4-star on another (a.k.a. Terrell Chestnut). He may, or may not, have a national ranking at a position and your school may be recruiting him at a position other than the one in which he received that ranking.
It (recruiting) has taken on a life of its own.
The biggest piece of advice for those out there spending hours trying to keep up on their team's success, or failure, at luring the 'so-called' top players in the country-getting the player is just part of the game.
Coaching those players to perform at their best in the system your team utilizes becomes an even bigger key. Not every school in the country can get every 5-star recruit available.
National championships have been won by teams made up of 2-and-3 star athletes coached to play above their 'so-called' potential.
Contact Jim Butta at firstname.lastname@example.org