Devan Pankey is no stranger to West Virginia University. His older brother, Adam, is currently a member of the Mountaineer football team and he's had the opportunity to visit numerous times before. However, this particular trip still proved to be beneficial.
"I was able to go to all the film sessions with the offensive line, and it was different than most college visits," Pankey said. "It felt like everyone already knew me and like I was already a part of the team. I was just all over the place going where I wanted."
The 6-foot-6, 295 pound lineman feels a family connection with the entire program in more ways than one.
"I like the whole coaching staff," Pankey said. "They are all just really cool. I also like the offense. I like the fact they play a fast-paced game and get a lot of plays in."
As of late, his recruitment is starting to heat up. He's beginning to attract the attention of college coaches, and that's led to him taking visits and being visited by various schools.
"I have about five or six6 schools really getting interested," Pankey said. "I don't have any offers yet. I have Kentucky, who just recently kind of started picking up. They are supposed to be at my school on Monday. Of course I just visited West Virginia and before that I went to Missouri. I think later this week I'll be visiting Akron."
Most schools, including WVU, are telling Pankey to be patient in waiting for his initial offer. And he believes the Mountaineers could be close to pulling the trigger.
"They haven't necessarily talked offer yet, but (WVU defensive line) Coach Erik Slaughter is supposed to visit my school in May," he said. "He said all the coaches like me, they just want to see more. They want to see me lift and go through certain drills."
In terms of a commitment timeframe, Pankey isn't looking to make a rushed decision. However, if a school truly impresses him he wouldn't shy away from closing out his recruitment.
"If a school really hits me, and I really like them, I'm not going to be afraid to make a decision," Pankey said. "I do want to weigh all my options, though. So while there's not really a timeline it could all change for the right school."
If WVU were to extend an offer, are they the type of school that could earn of commitment from Pankey?
"Oh yeah!" Pankey said. "They definitely fit the description of what I'm looking for."