The Tunstalle family has planned a press conference for Thursday January 24, 2002, to be held at Wyoming East High School, at which time Tank is to announce his decision between WVU and Marshall. "We made our decision last week," said James Tunstalle, Jr., the father. "But we can't announce it until this Thursday due to scheduling problems getting family members back home in time for the announcement."
"I'm definitely staying in state," said 6-2, 200 pound running back James 'Tank' Tunstalle to Herd Insider on December 10, 2001, while watching a Marshall football practice in Huntington. That statement set off the ensuing recruiting battle for Tunstalle by both Marshall and WVU. Tunstalle is rated as a two-star running back -and the #82 prospect at that position in the nation- by theInsiders.com, which www.GoHerd.com is an affiliate of. Tunstalle is also considered by many to be the state of West Virginia's most sought-after football recruit this year.
On Thursday, internet message boards began buzzing with the allegation that WVU had rescinded their scholarship offer to Tunstalle because of a failure to meet a WVU-imposed deadline of last week for Tunstalle to verbally commit.
Which left a question in the elder Tunstalle's mind.
"What's the purpose of (WVU) rescinding three days away from the decision?" Tunstalle added by phone from his Mullens, WV home.
To those who follow college football recruiting in the state of West Virginia, that is the $64,000 question.
And, it will be answered on Thursday. No ifs, ands, or buts.