Wasonga impresses at Blacksburg

Parkersburg (WV) running back Allan Wasonga was one of 250 prospects at the Blacksburg Nike Football Training Camp, and came away as one of the top performers overall. The 5-9, 200-pound running back currently holds offers from Pitt, West Virginia, Syracuse, Bowling Green and Ohio.

Wasonga has already been the U.S. Army Combine in San Antonio earlier this year, has plans to attend the National Underclassman Combine in Cleveland, as well as the Under Armour combine.

"Overall it was a good experience to come out and compete against a good corps of linebackers," Wasonga said. "I just go out there and compete, hopefully, let more people know who I am. It was a nice experience, and I had fun when I was there. I competed, and did pretty good."

While maintaining a low center of gravity, it may seem like he is built like a power back. However, Wasonga is a little more fluid than a power back. He proved that with 2,200 yards on the ground as a junior, 29 touchdowns, and he was named Gatorade Player of the Year in West Virginia. He caught the eyes of the Pitt coaching staff awhile ago, and earned an offer from the Panthers. Typically, Pitt and West Virginia battle it out for recruits in western Pennsylvania. Now, the Panthers have a chance to recruit a top player out of West Virginia.

"Of all the schools that have offered me, Pitt keeps tabs with me a lot, so does West Virginia," Wasonga said. "I try to keep in touch with them, at least maybe once a week."

Wasonga said he was hoping to make it up to Pitt for a spring practice last month, but it couldn't come together.

"For Pitt, I was supposed to be there last month, but I wasn't able to make it up there," Wasonga said. "I talk to them a lot (through e-mail) more than all the coaches (at other schools). They definitely compare me with the running back they have now, in Dion Lewis. They said I'm the type of back they do need. I can see that similarity in me. They've been trying to get me up there. I'll be done with school in about three or four weeks, so after that, I'll definitely be up there for a visit."

The in-state Mountaineers are also making a hard push.

"My coach talks with (West Virginia) three times a week, he's good friends with the head coach," Wasonga said. "He keeps me up to date on them. I've heard all good things."

After the National Underclassman Combine in Cleveland this coming weekend, Wasonga plans on attending the Under Armour combine. He has also been invited to rising senior prospect camps at Illinois, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State and Florida State--all in hopes of attracting more offers. Because he has hustled to as many combines as possible, and picked up a fair amount of interest, his offer sheet has a chance to grow even more with similar type performances on campus.

"All the schools I'm going to, I've talked about with my family," Wasonga said. "I wouldn't just cold call and show up. I'm definitely talking to them, and they know who I am. I feel like if I show what I can do, I can come away from there with an offer."


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