Durell Eskridge, a two-way performer for Miami Central High School, announced that he would be attending Syracuse late last year, but he is making a trip to West Virginia this weekend. Eskridge, who also expressed some interest in Cincinnati after picking the Orange, said that Syracuse and West Virginia are now the two schools in front.
"I'm still committed to Syracuse, but I am going to visit West Virginia and see what they have to offer," the wide receiver/safety said. "For West Virginia to beat out Syracuse, they will have to show me they are a better program. I'll be looking at how they treat me and the environment of the campus."
Eskridge, who is a cousin of current WVU running back Daquan Hargrett, said that he has talked to him some about West Virginia, but that he hasn't received a lot of pressure from Hargrett about joining him at WVU. He has, however, long spoken of the Mountaineers with former West Virginia wide receiver Antonio Brown, who is his brother-in-law.
"He's been my brother-in-law for about 15 years now," Eskridge said of the former jitterbug wideout. "He talks about West Virginia with me a lot."
Whether those ties help push Eskridge over to the Mountaineer list remains to be seen, but if it doesn't happen it won't be for lack of effort. WVU has been recruiting Eskridge "very hard", and his primary recruiter has done everything possible to flip him.
"Coach Galloway has come to my games, and I talk with him a lot. We have a good relationship," Eskridge said.
West Virginia is recruiting Eskridge as an athlete, and hasn't made a firm decision as to where he would play. That won't play a part in Eskridge's decision, although he does mention a fondness for defense due to the contact he can dish out.
"I like hitting people and making picks," said Eskridge, who also had an offer from UCF.
On the season, he had 20 catches for 316 yards and two scores on offense, and three interceptions on defense. He plans to announce his decision on Signing Day.