The West Virginia coaching staff will have some tense moments this week as it anxiously awaits the decisions of Aliquippa (Pa.) standouts Dravon Henry and Jaleel Fields. We take a look at why both individuals would choose the Mountaineers, and possible reasons why they'd decide in another direction.
Final Schools: West Virginia, Pittsburgh
Decision Date: Monday, Dec 9. 2013 at 1:00pm ET
If Henry's recruitment couldn't be more dramatic for a WVU fan, he threw a twist into the mix a few days ago when he trimmed his final five down to two -- West Virginia and Pitt. Another edition of the Backyard Brawl, yet this one comes on the recruiting trail.
Why WVU?: The Mountaineers have a lot of positives in their corner leading up to Henry's announcement. West Virginia assistant coach Tony Gibson, who's been assigned the task of leading the charge for WVU, had an in-home visit this past week that reportedly went extremely well. It's that relationship, along with his familiarity with WVU and the potential for immediate playing time as reasons why WVU could find themselves in the drivers seat.
WVU Pitt?: West Virginia has been down this road before, right? Several times is seasons past the Mountaineers have presumably been in excellent shape with prospects from Western Pennsylvania, only to witness Pitt sneak in. The decision to leave your local school is always tough, and Henry's situation is no different.
What are the chances Fields decides to re-join his high school teammate Dravon Henry once again, this time at West Virginia? That possibility isn't something the two have mandated throughout their recruitment, but it certainly doesn't hurt WVU's chances. Fields is clearly excited about making his announcement, as he's tweeted more than once about his anticipation of making his choice known
Why WVU?: Fields plays a position of need for the Mountaineers, and they've recruited him with that as the focal point. Just moments after West Virginia visited Fields in-home on Tuesday night, he declared his decision "made up" and is "happy to know I've decided." That would certainly seem to bode well for the Mountaineers.
Why Purdue/Cincinnati?: I'm not sure you could completely count out both Purdue and Cincinnati, as both schools have done an excellent job in Fields' recruitment. Just as WVU needs immediate help along the defensive line, so do both the Boilermakers and Bearcats. Fields has spoken before about the opportunities that are at other programs, so this decision might not be an open and shut one for WVU.