Decision To Make

Following a visit to West Virginia this weekend, Grant Lingafelter has a decision to make.


Lingafelter has completed his visit to West Virginia, and said that he had a thorough and enjoyable visit to campus.

"I got to see everything," he said. "I ssaw the campus, got to talk to the players and coaches, and also met with academic advisors and professors. I enjoyed it all, and had a good time."

The visit now puts Lingafelter in the position of possibly making a change in his commitment, which he will consider carefully with a group of those close to him.

"My parents are number one. I will talk with them a lot and figure out what is best for me. I will also talk with my head coach, and they will all have a say. I just want to make the best decision, so I know I have to think about it."

Lingafelter has been committed to Miami (Oh) since last October. However, his visit to West Virginia this weekend gave him reason to reconsider. West Virginia assistant coach Bill Bedenbaugh has stayed in touch with Lingafelter since the latter's visit to West Virginia's campus last spring, and when the Mountaineers made him an offer a couple of weeks ago, he began thinking about a visit. That's underway as of this writing.

"West Virginia kept in contact with me all year," Lingafelter said prior to departing to West Virginia for a visit. "Then the offer came through, and we set up the visit. I'm still committed to Miami, but I want to see what West Virginia has to offer."

Judging by his Twitter account, WVU at least made an impression. Midway through his visit, Lingafelter tweeted, "Lots of long and hard thinking to do."

In the earlier interview, Lingafelter did not mention any timetable for making a final decision, or offer any assessment of the chances that he might change his commitment.

One thing that West Virginia has to like about Lingafelter is his background in the Air Raid offense.

"We run that here [at Chagrin Falls], so I'm very familiar with it," he said of his play. "I think I'm a good run blocker too. I can drive people and move with them, and I think I am good at blocking on the edge."

Also adding to his desirability is his experience along the line. He has played all three line positions during his high school career, and believes that he can fit in wherever he is given a chance in college.

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