Added Depth

West Virginia added a few key pieces on Wednesday to its football program, signing several preferred walk-ons to the Mountaineer team.

Though they make not make the national splash of scholarship offer, that certainly doesn't diminish their value to the program. These offerees, known as preferred walk-ons (PWO), are guaranteed the chance to compete with the scholarship players this fall.

BlueGoldNews.com breaks down a selected group of those players and what they could potentially bring to WVU.

QB Brennan Wassil - Hubbard, Oh.

Wassil committed to West Virginia last weekend following his visit. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound, signal caller, chose the Mountaineers over several offers from Division II programs and interest from Ohio University. While he's probably not going to be in the mix next fall, his lanky frame and good arm make him a building project for the future.

K Billy Kinney -- Morgantown, W. Va.

Local product Billy Kinney will join the West Virginia program as a preferred walk-on. He chose the Mountaineers over an offer from Marshall.

Kinney, who missed part of his senior season with a foot injury, is a standout kicker and punter for University High School. He was named West Virginia First Team All-State in 2012 and First Team Two Rivers Athletic Conference in 2012. He hopes to compete in both kicking disciplines.

P Nolan Ross - Strongsville, Oh.

Nolan Ross committed to West Virginia this past week. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound specialist chose the Mountaineers over Cincinnati, Minnesota and Maryland.

He had 45 punts for an average of 38.9 yards and earned first team all northeast Ohio honors. He was also selected as the punter of the year in that region.

LS Matt Carr - Bethel Park, Pa.

Carr attended West Virginia's special team camp this previous summer, and certainly was impressive. Carr, who is a long snapper specialist, built a solid bond with Mountaineer assistant Joe DeForest.

He chose the Mountaineers over other BCS preferred walk-on offers, and Division II scholarship offers. His snaps are crisp and on target, and a year or two in the weightroom could have him primed to see the field.

RB Eric Pittman - Miami, Fla.

It what could turn out to be the biggest boost of the walk-on group, Eric Pittman certainly could turn a few heads.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound running back rushed for more than 600 yards and four touchdowns on 59 carries last season for Miramar, for an average of 10.1 yards per carry. He also excelled in special teams, returning kicks and punts. If he shows aptitude for cacthing the ball, a slot receiver spot might also be on the horizon.

OL Jeff Headley - Morgantown, W. Va.

Another local product from Morgantown, Headley signs with West Virginia in anticipation of building depth along either the offensive or defensive line.

Headley, 6-foot-2 and 285 pounds, can play both sides of the line. He chose the Mountaineers over several offers from Division II programs.

BlueGoldNews.com will continue to bring the latest signees into the program as they become available.

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