West Virginia Football: Daikiel Shorts Commits to WVU

Oliver Crawford IIICorrespondent IIIJuly 31, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Rivals
Photo Courtesy of Rivals

A few hours after Daryl Worley announced his commitment to the Mountaineers, Daikiel Shorts, a talented WR prospect out of Maryland, also pledged to head coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff, according to Geoff Coyle of West Virginia Illustrated.

Shorts picked the Mountaineers over offers from Boise State, Boston College, Maryland, N.C. State and UCLA, according to Rivals.

He also received interest from SEC programs, Auburn and Texas A&M.

The 6'1" 200-pound receiver will be a great, big-bodied WR in this offense and has been a standout player for Eastern Christian Academy. He is a great run after the catch threat, and in that sense is cut in the mold of current Mountaineer standout Stedman Bailey.

This commitment is great in several ways as this could become a package deal with Shorts also being teammates with current WVU target, Wendell Smallwood.

An added bonus for this talented prospect is that he is on pace to be an early enrollee.

This will increase his chance of being productive from day one, much like current Mountaineer freshman Jordan Thompson did in last year's recruiting cycle.

Shorts, a 3-star prospect by Rivals is built in the mold of a former Holgorsen protege, Michael Crabtree. He possesses good but not great speed with his 4.60 in the 40-yard dash, but at that size that is plenty fast.

Credit defensive back coach Daron Roberts for targeting and ultimately receiving the pledge of the Maryland standout, and the WVU coach proves yet again he is a force on the recruiting trail.

In the past few days, the 2013 recruiting class has added two members, bringing its total to 11 commitments heading into fall camp.

It is evident that the high-powered offense Holgorsen runs is a huge draw to recruits as eight out of 11 players committed play on the offensive side of the ball.

With roughly 10-14 spots available in this class, look for the coaching staff to bring in more defensive prospects to round out what is shaping up to be a very solid 2013 recruiting class for the Mountaineers.