The recruitment of offensive lineman has been nothing short of disheartening for the West Virginia coaching staff the last couple of years.
After signing five lineman in the class of 2014 only two are on the current roster. This year's class, though, contains three prospects currently pledged to the Mountaineers — and the search is on for others.
Lackawanna (Pa.) offensive lineman DeLonte Murray has garnered recent attention from the Mountaineers. After his commitment to Kansas in late June, West Virginia has increased their efforts for the junior college product as of late.
“Since I committed to Kansas the only school that’s been in steady contact is West Virginia,” Murray said. “They are the main school that’s been in contact.”
“One of the players at WVU who played at Lackawanna [Dayron Wilson] told me they were interested in me,” he continued. “He told me they liked me and then next thing I knew the recruiting coordinator got in touch with me. He said they need guards and the offensive line coach would get in touch.”
With his commitment firmly intact to Kansas, Murray doesn’t feel the need to pursue additional opportunities. However, with interest rising from other programs he wants to seek all available options to ensure he’s making the right choice on his future.
“I’m committed, but I’m open to hear what other schools have to say,” Murray explained. “I still want to visit other schools before everything is done and over with.”
Murray (6-5, 320 lbs.), who cites playing time and facilities as important factors in deciding on a school, believes West Virginia could fit the mold in the event a visit occurs.
“If they gave me they [WVU] gave me the opportunity to visit I would definitely take it,” Murray said. “I would be real interested.”
Murray is slated to graduate in December and will have three years to play two.