Baseball Spreading Recruiting Wings

West Virginia has enjoyed success on the diamond this season, the first under new head coach Randy Mazey. With a new offer extended in Texas, has the Mountaineers' early success carried over to the recruiting trail?

Allen (Tx.) baseball standout Cole Carter has witnessed West Virginia's early baseball success under first year head coach, Randy Mazey. So when the Mountaineers officially extended an offer this past week, Carter was obviously excited.

"They (WVU) came down to my practice a couple weeks ago, and Coach (Derek) Matlock and (Steven) Trout said they were going to offer," Carter said. "So I officially received the offer -- and I'm really excited about it. West Virginia is a program headed up."

In addition to the Mountaineers' success, the Texas native points out how important WVU's recent move to the Big 12 Conference is.

"I'm excited about that," Carter said about the transition to a new conference. "The closer I can play towards home so my parents can come watch me, and the Big 12 has always been a big baseball conference. They'll play against really good teams and it will offer me great exposure."

Carter hasn't had the opportunity to speak directly with Coach Mazey, but his staff has made it clear that excitement is building within the program. That alone has led to Carter wanting to visit to see what else the Mountaineers have to offer.

"They (Coach Matlock & Trout) seem real upbeat about the program," he said. "They are really excited about what they have going on, and with a new baseball stadium on its way it's really something to get excited about."

"I'm really excited myself to get up there and see what it's like," he continued. "Because I'm a junior I can't visit until July 1st, but after that I want to get up there and see what the campus is like and everything."

West Virginia, who is Carter's first offer, could potentially land a versatile athlete. He also excels in football and believes he could help WVU in several ways.

"I'm being recruited as a pitcher and outfielder," Carter said. "I play just about every position in high school so I want to show I can play at the next level. I feel like I bring composure, in addition to talent. I also play wide receiver for the football team and we just won the 5-A division one championship in front of 49,000 people there -- so I'm used to the big game. I just think I can bring my abilities to the next level."

Carter, who isn't looking to make a decision anytime soon, plans to let the process work itself out and commit "when the time is right."

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