A week after signing day, the composition of Big 12 rosters is starting to come into focus for 2016.
Some programs used the Class of 2016 to address needs while questions about other positions are poised to linger into the spring and beyond. Now is the perfect time to take a closer look at each program in the Big 12 including the strength and weakness of each team post-signing day.
We continue the series with West Virginia:
Biggest need heading into signing day: Cornerback
The Mountaineers lost a pair of All-Big 12 level cornerbacks. Terrell Chestnut finished his West Virginia career with a stellar senior season while Daryl Worley elected to enter the NFL draft early. Worley and Chestnut started 55 combined games during their careers, leaving a experience and playmaking void in the Mountaineers' defense.
How it was addressed: West Virginia signed five cornerbacks to give defensive coordinator Tony Gibson plenty of options as he tries to replace his starting cornerback duo.
Mike Daniels and Elijah Battle are a pair of junior college cornerbacks who should be ready-made options to add to the competition while freshmen signees Jacquez Adams, Jacob Long and Sean Mahone will get every opportunity to play early. Adams, who is already on campus, is the highest rated of all the cornerback signees as a three-star with a 78 rating from ESPN.com recruiting analysts.
"Those guys need to come in and compete," coach Dana Holgorsen said. "That gives you depth, and it gives you guys on top of each other. You are going to go through some corners in the Big 12. We average four to five corners in a game, whether it's a series here or a series there."
Position of strength: Offensive line
The Mountaineers had quality depth in 2015, helping the squad rank among the Big 12 leaders in rushing and paving the way for Wendell Smallwood to be the conference's rushing champion. Eight of the 10 offensive linemen on the Mountaineers' two-deep for the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl return including center Tyler Orlosky as the leader in the middle. Guard Adam Pankey also returns to give West Virginia a solid base to build around in the interior with 54 career starts between them.
Biggest remaining weakness: Linebacker
The Mountaineers should be fine at linebacker but replacing Nick Kwiatkoski, Shaq Petteway and Jared Barber still won't be easy. West Virginia has some experience at linebacker with Xavier Preston, Al-Rasheed Benton and others then supplemented the talent on campus with four linebacker signees including ESPN300 linebacker Brendan Ferns.
"Even though we lost five, we have a lot of experienced guys coming back at the linebacker position," Holgorsen said. "We loaded up on four quality high school players at that spot. Obviously, Brendan Ferns was a big one for us."