Weekend Football Visits Spotlighted

The action on the field this weekend won't be the only thing on the minds of the Mountaineer staff.

WVU will host a number of recruits for the Backyard Brawl this Saturday, with highly-rated players at several positions of need planning to make the trip to West Virginia for the game.

West Virginia is still looking to land at least one quarterback, along with a wide receiver, a couple of linebackers and another defensive back, and this quartet of scheduled visitors are high on the lists of many schools, including the Mountaineers.

T. J. Mitchell (6-3, 190 lbs., 4.5), a quarterback from Landstown High in Virginia Beach, Va. Mitchell is athletic enough to also be a good basketball player, and all he's done throwing the football is edge toward the career passing record for the entire state of Virginia. Mitchell has led Landstown to a 9-0 record and the top ranking in Virginia's Division VI (largest class) as the playoffs are about to begin. He already has offers from Syracuse, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Ahmad Bradshaw (5-10, 180 lbs., 4.5), a running back and defensive back from Graham, Va., is regarded as one of the top prospects in the state of Virginia. A first-team allstate selection as both a sophomore and junior, he rushed for 2,282 yards and 27 TD. Most colleges think his future is at cornerback, though, and Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and West Virginia are the schools vying for his attention right now. Bruce Gordon (6-0, 190 lbs., 4.45), a wide receiver from Dodge City (Kansas) C.C. One of the top junior college receivers in the nation, Gordon has 43 catches for a Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference best 711 yards. A native of Naples, Fla., where he was a high school teammate with a pair of Mountaineers (freshman defensive lineman Pat Leibig and freshman defensive back L.J. Montinar), Gordon has been getting recruiting calls from Indiana, Hawaii and Texas Tech, but he has seemingly narrowed his list down to Clemson and West Virginia. Barry Wright (6-0, 220 lbs., 4.5), a linebacker from Coffeyville (Kansas) Community College. A native of Pensacola, Fla., Wright is a speedy outside linebacker who is being pursued by some of the best programs in the country. WVU already has an offer on the table, but so do Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and LSU. So far this season, Wright has helped Coffeyville to a 9-1 record. He has 66 total tackles through the first 10 games, as well as three sacks and nine tackles for lost yardage.

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