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There was a significant buzz around the 19 players West Virginia signed Wednesday -- most notably a big-time quarterback from Tennessee and a receiver from Florida who is projected to be a program changer.

There was also a buzz around someone who was bitten with the indecision bug.

Mountaineers coach Bill Stewart pulled in a highly touted pitch-and-catch tandem: Barry Brunetti, a 6-foot, 207-pound quarterback from Memphis who was named a Parade Magazine All-American and Ivan McCartney, a receiver from Miramar, Fla., who played in the U.S. Army All-American game and chose West Virginia after spurning offers from the "big three" in his home state -- Florida, Florida State and Miami.

"Barry Brunetti is a Parade All-American, tremendous football player and a state champ," Stewart said. "You can read all you want about Barry Brunetti, but he has not lost a football game that he has started in since the seventh grade."

As for McCartney, Stewart said, "I am sure enough will be said about him. He is special."

The Mountaineers did not sign any Western Pennsylvania players, getting just one player from the state, defensive end Trevor Demko from Mount Carmel High School near Bloomsburg.

But there is also the story of Latwan Anderson, tabbed as the 15th-best player in the country by Anderson, a receiver/defensive back, is from Cleveland's Glenville High School. He gave a verbal commitment to West Virginia over Ohio State on Jan. 9.

Wednesday, though, he was riddled with indecision and did not sign.

Anderson just recently began being recruited by Southern California after coach Lane Kiffin accepted the Trojans' job last month, and decided Wednesday that he will delay his decision on selecting a college.

"We might be expecting some more additions," Stewart said of his 19-player class at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. "But I'm going to talk about the ones that are here, not the ones that are maybe en route or might come."

West Virginia's recruitment was tilted toward bolstering the skill positions, as Stewart was able to lasso four wide receivers, two quarterbacks and a running back.

In addition to McCartney, the Mountaineers also picked up his Miramar teammate and fellow receiver, Dante Chambers.

West Virginia's heir apparent at quarterback is Geno Smith, who will be a sophomore next season, also a Miramar graduate.

The pipeline has been constructed because Miramar's coach is Damon Cogdell, a former West Virginia player.

Colin Dunlap: or 412-263-1459.


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