The spring evaluation period is a good time for recruits to see just exactly where they are on a school's recruiting board. Between the coaching visits and all the contact allowed, schools can separate themselves from the pack and show just how interested they are. For Douglasville (GA) Douglas County linebacker Braelen Oliver, it became clear that he was a priority for West Virginia.
"They are showing real strong interest," said the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder. "They like my athletic ability at the linebacker position. They tell me they don't see guys move like I move, flying around the field. That's what caught their eye.... and they're doing a good job of showing just how interested they are."
Area recruiter Doug Belk visited Oliver once this spring, and followed that by bringing defensive coordinator Tony Gibson along with him for the second trip. The staff has also sent him plenty of graphics and spoke with him on a regular basis via messaging. The next step is a trip to Morgantown.
"Their main focus now is to get me up there for a visit," he said. "I'm definitely going up there (and) I should have a set date sometime soon.... I really want to get a feel for the college atmosphere and the environment to see if I can stay there for however long I'm going to be there."
West Virginia won't be his only stop this summer. Oliver says the schools he has most discussed visiting include N.C. State, Wake Forest, Indiana, Iowa State, and Minnesota. These trips will be important, as they could very well decide Oliver's entire recruitment.
"No leaders, yet. These visits are what is going to sell me on the school," he said. "After the visit, my plan is to hopefully pick my school before the season starts so I can be stress free for my senior year."