Instant impact recruit: West Virginia Mountaineers

This week, we've been looking at one player with the potential to make a difference right away.

Up next: West Virginia

Instant impact recruit: OT Kelby Wickline

Last season the Mountaineers (10-3, 7-2 Big 12) had their best season since joining the league, thanks in large part to an offensive line that was among the best in the conference.

But this offseason, West Virginia faces the difficult task of replacing key pieces up front, including outgoing All-Big 12 center Tyler Orlosky and versatile left tackle Adam Pankey.

That's why landing Wickline was so key to this class.

Wickline, the son of West Virginia offensive line coach Joe Wickline, was an ESPN JC 50 prospect and the top-rated recruit in the Mountaineers' class. He had several notable offers, including from Missouri, Arkansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma State, where his dad previously coached.

The scouting report on the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Wickline is that he is well-rounded, effective and versatile enough to play guard or tackle. Essentially, he's a ready-made replacement for Pankey, who filled multiple roles along the West Virginia offensive line over the years.

The Mountaineers have the reigning Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year in Justin Crawford returning at running back. They'll welcome highly-touted Florida transfer Will Grier to quarterback, as well. But to contend for the Big 12 title again in 2017, they'll need sturdy offensive line play again. Wickline figure to help greatly in that endeavor.