Weekend Visits

After a one week absence from the home field, the Mountaineers return to base to welcome both the Cincinnati Bearcats and a number of prospective recruits to campus.

With many of the defensive back spots filled for this year's class, attention is beginning to be focused more heavily on the offensive and defensive lines. And although a quarterback and a running back will probably be added to this year's class, the remaining numbers figure to be more heavily weighted to the men in the trenches.

One of the players scheduled to visit is Mike Dent, a 6-4, 240 pound tight end and defensive lineman. Dent, who is a stalwart for Jeannette High School in Pennsylvania, is the type of playmaking lineman that WVU is looking for. The Jayhawks are one of the favorites in the Class AA Interstate Conference.

Another lineman who could get an offer soon is Keyser's Matt Altobello, who has been a frequent visitor to the WVU campus. At 6-6 and 250 pounds, Altobello has size and frame to be a solid Division 1 player. He attended WVU's summer camps, and was a Class AA first team all state selection last year.

Another intriguing line prospect scheduled to visit is Glen Mills' Tyree Suber, who has been offered by WVU. At 6-2 and 295 pounds, Suber is a big defensive presence for Glen Mills, having recorded 16 tackles in one game earlier this season. He is also an outstanding shotputter, having uncorked puts in the 62 foot range as a high school junior. To complete the package, Suber has recorded a 40 time of 4.9.

A familiar name will also visit this weekend, as Uniontown's William McLee will make the short trip from his Pennsylvania home to check out the WVU campus. Billy is a running back/linebacker at Uniontown, and is the cousin of current WVU outside linebacker Kevin McLee.

A number of West Virginia natives are also scheduled for visits, including Parkersburg South lineman Dalton Memel (6-4, 290, 4.8), wide receiver/defensive back Julian Spraggins of University High, running back/linebacker Aaron LaPoe (6-0, 215) of Clay-Battelle, running back Greg Vineyard (5-10, 190) of Mount View and defensive back Josh Durham (5-11, 185) of Morgantown.

WVU commitment Mortty Ivy is also scheduled to make the trip from Gateway High School to check out the action. Ivy, who plays both quarterback and safety at Gateway, will likely begin on the defensive side of the ball at WVU.

With the Class of 2004 almost halfway complete, WVU is also looking at some juniors for the Class of 2005. Among those scheduled for unofficial visits are Fort Hill (Md.) High School's Andre Pope (6-0, 195) and Shenandoah's Frank Cardiff.

Pope is a standout wide receiver and defensive back that excites coaches with his playmaking abilities.


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