Many people in the college football world—even the fans—have been quite critical of second-year West Virginia head coach, Bill Stewart.
However, having finished in the top 25, two years in a row (Stewart's tenure) and making two consecutive bowl appearances, shows me that Stewart and the Mountaineers are right on track.
Then we go to recruiting. The Mountaineers were No. 25 in the Scout.com recruiting class rankings, going into Saturday’s, U.S. Army All-American Bowl, in San Antonio.
By the end of the first quarter, WVU had jumped to No. 20.
This jump was due in part to the commitment made by Cleveland’s four star safety, Latwan Anderson, in the opening moments of the contest that pits America’s best high school seniors against each other.
Up until his announcement, it was unclear where Anderson would play his college football. WVU fans were quite pleased with the good news, as was Stewart.
Anderson is ranked as the No. 12 safety in the nation, for his tackling ability, closing speed, and toughness.
Anderson chose to commit to West Virginia over Ohio State, North Carolina, and Miami (Fla.).
According to Scout.com, as a junior, Anderson made second-team All-Ohio. He accounted for 50 tackles, five interceptions and six touchdowns in '08. He picked up 40 tackles in just eight games as a senior.
Though Anderson plays defensive back, running back, and wide receiver in high school, he was recruited as a defensive back.
Anderson reportedly can bench 230 lbs., squat 415 lbs. and has a 36-inch vertical jump.
Anderson also runs track and has a personal best 100m (10.4) and 200m (21.3).
Nonetheless, Anderson can only boast a 2.7 GPA, 850 SAT score, and a 16 on the ACT. Academically, Anderson needs help.
Anderson knows he is a great football player and he also realizes he has room to grow in athletics as well as academics—“I also want to just get smarter and have a better understanding of the game.”
So, after picking up a verbal commit from this highly touted prospect, Stewart adds to his already great 2010 recruiting class which includes:
While I’ve listed just a few of the recruits, a full list can be viewed at Scout.com.
So, for all of the folks who think Bill Stewart is not doing a good job, look at the recruiting class. You are not in the top 25 in recruiting if you are not doing something right.
Remember, it took Nick Saban three seasons to win the National Championship at Alabama.
Just wait! The next couple of seasons for West Virginia will be the best yet.