First Look

A big lineman took in West Virginia's win over Coastal Carolina, and has the Mountaineers on his list of interest.

New Jersey native Anthony Alosi, who plays both offensive tackle and defensive end for The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., made his first visit to West Virginia last weekend.

"I went up for the game, but we ended up getting the whole tour," said Alosi. "We went through, the weight room and the locker rooms, and we got to talk to several of the players. I liked it there. It was just a complete college atmosphere."

Alosi also spoke with several Mountaineer coaches, including David Lockwood, his recruiting coach, and Bill Kirelawich, who would potentially be his position coach. He said the coaches liked the game highlights he has presented on film, and that they were very interested in him. An update on his recruiting status, including a potential offer, is in the offing in the next week.

"Right now I have an offer from Tulane, and interest from Penn State and Boston College," said Alosi, listing those schools that have shown interest in addition to West Virginia. I'm really just getting back into the recruiting process."

The big lineman had a break in recruiting due to his decision to attend prep school following his 2009 senior season at Cherokee High School.

"I felt like I needed another year to mature," said Alosi, who showed a good bit of that character trait in making the decision. "I am still only 17 years old so I felt like I needed that, both physically and mentally. I talked with my coach and my parents about it and we all felt like it was the best decision to make. I can mature now, and then if I still have to redshirt [in college] that's ok too, because it would give me even more time to improve."

Alosi is an aggressive blocker and defender who fires out on the snap well. His strengths lie in the physical aspects of the game, where he is a good drive blocker and engages off the line quickly. He also has good hands, and wants to continue to work on the physical skills that will improve his play.

"I just want to be the best player I can be," he stated simply.

Alosi has no preference for a position in college, and hasn't been thinking about such items to date. He hopes that teams didn't lose track of him due to his decision, but thinks that his performance this year will overcome any such issues.

"I'm sure if I play well, teams will still see me."

Alosi begins his prep school play on Sept.17. He has not scheduled any other visits to date. Last year, he had interest from Maryland, Connecticut, Rutgers and Virginia.

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