WVU Recruiting Notebook

Several news and notes surrounding West Virginia recruiting as we head down the home stretch toward national signing day.

Ther was a great deal of movement around the West Virginia program as we inch closer to signing day on February 5th. The Mountaineers look to receive new visits from new prospects popping up on their board, while others have fallen off with commitments to other programs.

Highland (KS) defensive end Brandon Thorpe committed to Texas Tech this past weekend while on an official visit. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound rush end had recently narrowed his top two schools to the Red Raiders and Mountaineers.

Thorpe wasn't the only junior college prospect West Virginia missed out on. Co-Lin (MS) tight end Darrion Hutcherson, who recently included the Mountaineers in his final two, along with Mississippi State, committed to the Bulldogs. Hutcherson gave his pledge to the MSU staff after visiting Starkville, Miss., this past weekend.

New Mexico Military defensive end Terry Ayeni has also eliminated West Virginia. His recruitment appeared to have slowed once former defensive line coach Erik Slaughter departed the Mountaineer program. Both Iowa State and Northern Illinois appear to be the frontrunners for Ayeni.

There are, however, a couple prospects still considering West Virginia after visiting elsewhere.

Niles (Ohio) offensive lineman Josh Krok, who committed to the Mountaineers in June, visited Kentucky this past weekend. The 6-foot-8, 290 pound lineman, who said he had "an amazing time" while on his visit, will still visit the Mountaineers one last time. That visit is scheduled for next weekend.

Miramar (Fla.) athlete Yodny Cajuste will also visit the Mountaineers next weekend. Cajuste, who visited Florida this past weekend, could reunite with his former head coach Damon Cogdell at West Virginia. The Mountaineers like his 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame as a potential defensive lineman.

One recruit who is committed elsewhere plans to visit West Virginia on Jan. 31.

Travonne Hobbs, a5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback, remains committed to Utah, though he will take additional visits. The Mountaineers will have to battle both Utah and Kansas State for his services, though a recent in-home visit by WVU assistant Brian Mitchell has the Mountaineers trending upward.

Four-star wide receiver Trevion Thompson committed to Clemson while on an official visit this past weekend. The Hillside (N.C.) product was scheduled to visit West Virginia on Jan. 24th. It is now believed that visit won't occur.

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