Dontrill Hyman | Photo Credit: 247 Sports
Listing junior college transfers at the top of a list of freshmen who will start next season may be considered as cheating, but there are just so many JUCO additions that will have an early impact, it couldn't go without mention.
To start, running back Dreamius Smith and wide receiver Kevin White are both already enrolled at WVU, giving them a direct route to the top of the depth chart.
Smith has an excellent chance of earning the spot left open in the backfield by Shawne Alston. He has a great blend of speed, size and power that the other WVU runners simply don't have.
Next, Brandon Golson, D'Vante Henry and Dontrill Hyman all will bring some much-needed pass-rushing talent to the defense. Hyman (6'4", 265 pounds) is the biggest of the three and is most likely to earn the opening starting position on the defensive line.
On the offensive line, another JUCO prospect, Stone Underwood, may claim the starting center position that was left vacant by longtime starter Joe Madsen.
Finally, out of all of the JUCO prospects, receiver Mario Alford may have the best shot at seeing the field early. He was the home-run addition of national signing day for the Mountaineers, and he could be the speedster that they are looking for on offense.
Alford's skill set would be perfect for the slot position in Dana Holgorsen's offense, and he may also take on WVU's return duties.