Weekend Recruiting Recap

The West Virginia coaching staff opened the doors this past weekend to some top prospects in the nation. BlueGoldNews.com details the thoughts of several prospects who were in attendance.

Pittsburgh (Pa.) offensive lineman Eric McAllister, made his first trip to West Virginia. Having just visited Penn State the previous weekend, it gave the 6-1, 265 pound, McAllister, who projects as a center, an opportunity to draw a comparison between the two programs.

"The visit was very good," McAllister explained. "I love the atmosphere in that town. I was just up at Penn State last week, and WVU kept up pretty well with them."

Another first time visitor was Hopewell Valley Central HS (Pa.) linebacker, Drew Wiley. The Scout.com three-star, who remains in search of his first offer, had the opportunity to interact with his recruiting coach, Brian Mitchell.

"It was great," Wiley said, describing his visit. "It seems like they have a great staff and I had a lot of fun. I spoke with Coach Mitchell and he seemed like a great guy."

Class of 2016 linebacker Brendan Ferns is no stranger to the football facilities at West Virginia. This trip, however, proved to be different. Instead of being another fan in the stands, he experienced more behind the scenes.

"I was really impressed," Ferns said. "The staff was great. Honestly, I just love WVU. Our whole family are WVU fanatics so everyone is super excited."

Shadyside (Ohio) tight end Austin Dorris made the short trip to West Virginia this past weekend. After building a relationship with offensive line coach, Ron Crook, Dorris was eager to visit.

"The visit went great," Dorris explained. "I got to talk to Coach Crook and had a great time.

Dorris, 6-foot-5, 220 pound, who holds offers from Toledo and Ohio, has a connection with Crook in large part because of his background.

"He grew up and went to West Liberty University, which is close to me," he described. "So he's familiar with my area and where I'm coming from."

Olney (Md.) cornerback Roger Richardson was among several Good Counsel prospects who were in attendance. The 5-foot-10, 170 pound defender, who recently extended his first offer from Georgia Tech, walked away impressed with the Mountaineers.

"The visit went good," Richardson said. "I got to talk to a few of the coaches there. I really liked the school and atmosphere. All in all I felt like it was a good visit."

More interviews with prospects from junior day are coming up - check back with BlueGoldNews.com for the most in-depth coverage on the web.

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