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West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen

It was a big day for WVU on Wednesday’s traditional National Signing Day.

Not in numbers, mind you.

West Virginia’s fax machines were largely quiet after the Mountaineers signed 20 football players in the first “early” signing period in December.

Yet the size alone of the two offensive linemen signed by the Mountaineers was noteworthy. Monstrous, in fact.

WVU signed brothers Joe and Mike Brown from Eastern Arizona Community College, home of the Gila Monsters. And they stand and weigh 6-foot-4, 340 pounds and 6-3, 340, respectively.

Both are from Paramount High in Compton, California, but have different stories.

Joe Brown originally went to the University of Miami, where he played for then-coach Al Golden as a redshirt freshman, including three starts.

The lineman was apparently headed to BYU, but then transferred to EACC and earned 2016 first-team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference honors while playing for a 9-3 team that won the Salt City Bowl. The Monsters’ offense led the nation in rushing yards, yards per game and rushing touchdowns. Joe Brown then sat out 2017.

He has one year of eligibility left, but is said set to petition the NCAA for a second season.

Mike Brown, meanwhile, has three years to play two seasons. He was originally committed to Kansas, but flipped to WVU.

While Joe Brown didn’t play last season, his brother Mike did and earned first team all-Western States Football League and ACCAC honors. The Monsters went 8-4 last season and again won the Salt City Bowl. The team again ranked No. 1 nationally in rushing yards.

WVU also had some interest in Independence (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Emmit Gooden, who has been considering the Mountaineers as well as Arkansas and Tennessee. Word is West Virginia then withdrew its offer, paving the way for Gooden to sign with Tennessee. The lineman is a native of Brownsville, Tennessee.

No statement was issued by WVU on Wednesday, but Ryan Dorchester, director of player personnel, told the Gazette-Mail on Tuesday the Mountaineers had five openings before the Brown signings.

West Virginia could take in graduate transfers, “late out” junior college transfers or simply award scholarships to current walkons like safety Osman Kamara or kicker Evan Staley.

West Virginia University signing class

Name Pos. Ht., Wt. Hometown
Joe Brown OL 6-4, 340 Compton, Calif. (Eastern Arizona College)
Michael Brown OL 6-3, 340 Compton, Calif. (Eastern Arizona College)
*Tyrese Allen DL 6-3, 292 Hegerhill, Ky. (Paintsville HS)
*T.J. Banks TE 6-5, 240 Duquesne, Pa. (East Allegheny HS)
*Charlie Benton LB 6-3, 215 Opelika, Ala. (Butler CC)
*Leddie Brown RB 6-0, 207 Newark, Del. (Neumann-Goretti HS)
*Josh Chandler LB 5-11, 226 Canton, Ohio (Canton McKinley HS)
*Randy Fields Jr. WR 6-3, 192 Elkton, Md. (St. France Academy)
*James Gmiter DL 6-3, 309 Bethel Park, Pa. (Bethel Park HS)
*Sam Jones WR 6-0, 171 Richmond Hill, Ga. (Richmond Hill HS)
*Trey Lowe QB 6-3, 198 Collierville, Tenn. (Bolivar Central HS)
*Briason Mays OL 6-4, 290 Bolivar, Tenn. (Bolivar Central HS)
*Josh Norwood S 5-11, 175 Valdosta, Ga. (Northwest Mississippi CC)
*Mike O'Laughlin TE 6-5, 230 Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Fenwick HS)
*Kwantel Raines S 6-3, 206 Aliquippa, Pa. (Aliquippa HS)
*Blaine Scott OL 6-4, 330 West Portsmouth, Ohio (Sciotoville Community School)
*Skyler Simcox K 6-0, 190 Abingdon, Va. (Western Kentucky)
*Dillon Spalding WR 6-2, 220 Lorton, Va. (South County HS)
*Dante Stills DL 6-4, 284 Fairmont, W.Va. (Fairmont Senior HS)
*Junior Uzebu OL 6-6, 290 Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta HS)
*Keith Washington CB 6-3, 187 Prattville, Ala. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
*Bryce Wheaton WR 6-5, 207 Fuquay Varina, N.C. (Holly Springs HS)

Mitch Vingle can be reached at 304-348-4827 or mitchvingle@wvgazettemail.com. Follow him on Twitter@MitchVingle.