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Touting a recruiting class that spanned 15 states and fixated on junior college players to remedy deficiencies, Dana Holgorsen said National Signing Day brought a satisfying end to the most nerve-wrecking stint of the year.

“The hardest 48 hours as a coach is the Monday and Tuesday before Signing Day,” Holgorsen said Wednesday afternoon at the Milan Puskar Center. “You think you’ve got your numbers hit, but you don’t know if (recruits) are going to send (their letters of intent) back.”

WVU has signed 25 players so far.

“They call one last time and say it’s in, and it’s really good to put closure to it.”

Per NCAA rules, Holgorsen couldn’t publicly discuss their situations, saying only that “we’re still actively recruiting a couple of guys.”

“We know Tony Gibson’s a tremendous recruiter and he’s got tremendous ties, not only to the Pennsylvania area but also across the country,” Holgorsen said.

WVU signed nine junior college players overall, including Kevin White and Ronald Carswell, who are expected to fortify a receiving unit that lost three starters. Emphasizing the need to add pass-rushers on a defense that was among the worst in the FBS last season, WVU signed defensive end Dontrill Hyman and outside linebacker d’Vante Henry.

“Those are guys you don’t sign for the future — those are guys that you sign for right now,” Holgorsen said. “We needed to go out and find some guys who could make some immediate impact. Time will tell if we made the right decision or not.”

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