PARKERSBURG - First-year West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen has not recorded one victory as the Mountaineers' 33rd head coach, but that hasn't stopped the former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator and his staff from stock-piling verbal commitments.
The latest high school standout to verbally commit to the old gold and blue is 4-star wide receiver Deontay McManus, who will enter his senior season at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland, in the fall.
In Morgantown over the weekend to participate in the Mountaineers' 7-on-7 camp, McManus offered his pledge to become part of the Class of 2012-Holgorsen's first recruiting class since taking over from Bill Stewart earlier this month.
McManus, who had received offers from Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State and Rutgers, becomes the 10th-and second over the past weekend-to add his name to the upcoming recruiting class.
Prior to McManus' announcement, 3-star cornerback Da'Quan Davis made his intentions known that he planned on attending WVU following his senior season at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore.
Davis, who has an offer from Marshall and has garnered some serious interest from Connecticut, Maryland, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Temple, Vanderbilt and Virginia, became the ninth member of the class.
The remainder of the class includes quarterbacks Brandon Napoleon and Ford Childress, cornerback Albert Reid, offensive guard Tyler Orlosky, running back J.T. Washington, outside linebacker Joseph Jackson, defensive tackle Imariaye Albury and safety Jarrod Harper.
Reid, a 3-star cornerback from Edison-Friendship Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., received offers from Buffalo, Cincinnati, Colorado, Duke, Iowa, Stanford and Vanderbilt before adding his name to the old gold and blue while Orlosky, a 4-star athlete from St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, made WVU his choice despite receiving offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Northwestern.
Napoleon, a 3-star quarterback from St. Peters Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J., will be following in the footsteps of his father, Eugene, who played for the Mountaineers from 1987-89 and later played for the Tampa Bay Storm and the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League. Childress, a 3-star perfomer at Kinkaid High School in Houston, Texas, added his name to the Class of 2012 before ever receiving an offer from any other school.
The only running back to throw his lot, verbally, with WVU is Washington, a 2-star recruit from Satellite Senior High School in Satellite Beach, Fla.
On the defensive side of the football, Jackson, Albury and Harper all are 3-star recruits. Jackson hails from First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla., while Albury will enter his senior year at Miami Northwestern High School in Miami, Fla.
Harper, who will be a senior at Mountain Ridge High School in Frostburg, Maryland, in the fall, was the first recruit to give his verbal commitment to the Mountaineers back in February.
With summer camps in Morgantown coming to an end, it is possible that fans can expect more athletes to make their verbal commitments over the next couple of weeks.
But, verbal commitments are just that-verbal.
As in past years recruits can change their minds until national letter-of-Intent signing day, which occurs the first Wednesday in February, 2012.