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February 4, 2010

WVU lands 19 on signing day

MORGANTOWN — With perhaps the biggest prize still dangling out there in five-star safety Latwan Anderson of Cleveland, who verbally committed to West Virginia but has been pressured by Ohio State and USC, West Virginia University landed a 19-person recruiting class that Coach Bill Stewart termed “special.”

“These are not just good athletes but neat, fine young men,” Stewart said.

The star of the class is Parade All-American quarterback Barry Brunetti from Memphis University High, who has not lost a game he has started since the seventh grade, but it is a class that is filled with what Stewart went after – “speed, height and athleticism.”

They guaranteed competition at the quarterback position with Geno Smith returning and by adding Jeremy Johnson, a star out of the Beaumont area of Texas.%

former high school teammate receivers in Dante Chambers and Ivan McCartney, each a potential star, as well as prep school receiver Deon Long, who was in last year’s class but didn’t qualify, and Quantavius Leslie, a long, lean kid nicknamed “Stick” out of Hogansville, Ga.

The class also is heavy in defensive backs and linebackers with some interesting prospects in free safety Travis Bell and safety Michael Dorsey and linebacke3rs Troy Gloster, Doug Rigg and Jewone Snow.

Here is the class with comments from Stewart:

Travis Bell, FS, 6-2, 187

Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central

Orlando Sentinel Florida Top 100 … Palm Beach Post Top 10 … helped lead Glades Central to a 13-2 record and an appearance in the state 2A championship game … finished with 65 tackles, four interceptions and returned two punts for touchdowns as a junior … helped lead team to an 11-1 mark … runs a 4.58 40-yard dash … also offered by Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL) and Rutgers.

“He had 10 inteceptions this year.” — Stewart

Barry Brunetti, QB, 6-0, 207

Memphis, Tenn./

Memphis University School

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