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This junior quarterback has family ties in the Mountain State, but he made his first trip to West Virginia on Saturday for the final day of West Virginia's 2013 high school football camps.

"My dad grew up in this area and I've been around a lot, but this was my first visit to campus," quarterback Elijah Burress told BlueGoldNews.com on Saturday evening. "It was really more than I expected. I really liked the campus and the football facilities, and the coaches were very nice."

Burress was apparently right at ease during his time on Mountaineer Field, as he dropped a number of spot-on passes into the baskets and other targets used for West Virginia's throwing drills. His clean, upright motion and excellent release also drew immediate attention. After backing up those individual throws with a number of beautiful balls during one-on-ones, Burress walked away with one of the camp's MVP awards.

Despite his mastery of the session, he indicated that there are still things he picks up at every camp.

"Usually the drills are pretty much the same, but the rollouts and moves out of the shotgun were different here," he said. "I try to put everything together that I hear from all the coaches at camps, and do what they tell me."

Burress said he picked up a good tip from WVU quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson that helped improve his accuracy.

"He told me to close my shoulder more when I was throwing to the right, and that helped a lot," Burress detailed. "I liked working with Coach Dawson."

So far, Burress has strong interest from Old Dominion. Virginia and Virginia Tech have visited him at his school, and he's camped at Ohio State and Penn State as well as at West Virginia.

"I liked West Virginia a lot, and if they are interested in me I would definitely be interested in them," the rising junior said. "They told me to keep working and that they wanted me to come back to camp again next year."


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