Big Recruiting Weekend Sees Key Visits

A number of potential football recruits, from both in and out of state, were on WVU's campus this weekend for a first hand look at West Virginia's football program.

Among the familiar instate names on hand were wide receiver Karl Booker of Riverside High School, tight end Gavin Herscher of St. Albans High, defensive lineman Tim Lindsey of Bridgeport High, running back/defensive back Brandon Wright of Hampshire High School, and tight end R. J. Coleman of Robert C. Byrd High School.

Herscher and Lindsey have both visited WVU previously and have been in attendance at Mountaineer football camps. Brandon Wright has likewise been to WVU on several occasions, and is very interested in the West Virginia program. The WVU staff also continues to recruit Coleman despite his stated firm commitment to Ohio State, and while you can't read anything into his visit, the fact that he made an appearance would seem to indicate that at least a sliver of interest remains.

WVU was expecting a visit from several Texas players, but one didn't make it and others were delayed in arrival. Mountaineer verbal commitment Broderic Jones did not make the trip, but a couple of others, including top rated safety Vickiel Vaughn (6-2 180) of Plano West High School in Texas, did make it in time for the game on Saturday.

Several other highly rated players visiting included Denayne Dixon of Shaw High School in East Cleveland, OH. Dixon (6-3 210) is a quarterback that is looking at several other schools who run variations of the spread offense, including Indiana, Georgia Tech, Pitt and Purdue. Incidentally, Shaw is the alma mater of former WVU linebacker Darryl Talley.

Penn Cambria running back Brent Davison was also on hand. Davison is a speedy runner who also excels on special teams - he had a 95 yard kickoff return for a schore this year in his season opener. Davison also runs track and plays basketball for PC.

Also making a long distance visit was defensive end Tory Collins of Fortier High School of New Orleans, LA. Collins (6-3, 250) is an aggressive defensive end whose speed and playmaking have attracted the attention of many schools in the southeast. LSU, among many others, are recruiting the highly prized Collins.

Offensive linemen are obviously a priority for this class, and several were in attendance. Rick McDole (6-6 300) of Marysville (OH) High School, Tim Davis (6-3, 275) of Triway High School in Wooster, OH, Seth Lotts (6-3 250) of Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, VA, and Blaise Iorio (6-2, 270) from Sharpsville (PA) High.

Several other names that we've mentioned in the past, including tight end Steve Buches (6-4 225) of Pittsburg Central Cathlic, defensive back Anthony Smith of Hubbard (OH) High School, running back/defensive end Shawn Martin (6-2 215) of Monessen (PA) High School and Nathan Force of Laurel Highlands High School in Uniontown, PA, also visited over the weekend.

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