When West Virginia faced off against Ohio State and a number of other recruiting heavyweights in pursuit of Esa Ahmad, some observers believed the Mountaineers were facing an uphill battle. A final five of Ohio State, Wisconsin, Maryland an Oregon, along with WVU, was an imposing challenge, and many thought that the home state Buckeyes had the edge. A strong visit to Maryland at the turn of September appeared to put the Terrapins into play, but on Wednesday, Ahamd made the Mountaineers his choice. In the end, it was comfort and the presence of Bob Huggins that made the difference.
"Esa really felt comfortable at West Virginia," his father, Ibby Ahmad, said. "He wanted to play for a Hall of Fame coach like Bob Huggins, and he just felt good around all of the players there."
Ahmad, ranked as the number eight power forward in the country (#48 overall) by Scout.com, is a versatile player who can range both inside and out. His versatility was one of the major attractants for colleges across the country.
Ahmad also saw the rebuilding of West Virginia as one of the big positives of the program.
"He really likes players like Devin Williams, and he thinks that the class coming in with him can win a lot of games," Ibby Ahmad observed.