Gameplans - Present and Future

While the Mountaineer football coaching staff is working on their strategy for the upcoming Gator Bowl, they are spending just as much time in trying to nail down the final commitments for the Class of 2004.

Official visit season ramps up another notch this weekend, with at least ten players making their official trip to the WVU campus this weekend.

Six of those players have already verbally committed to the Mountaineers. They include running back Pernell Williams, defensive lineman Tyree Suber, lineback Chad Mayse, defensive lineman Doug Slavonic, offensive lineman John Bradshaw and defensive lineman Mike Dent.

At least five other players are scheduled to be on trips to check out the West Virginia program. Those players are Brandon Smith, C.J. Hunnicut, Sammy Morrone, Maurice Reevey and Lance Lewis.

Hunnicut is a pass rushing specialist from Bradenton, Fla. who could be the answer the Mountaineers are looking for to bolster their pressure on the quarterback. He could end up at either defensive end or outside linebacker.

Smith is a 6-3, 235 pound linebacker from Euclid High School in Ohio, who has been on WVU's radar screen for a while. He could also help fill some of the gaps in WVU's depth chart at LB, which will take some big hits this season with the departures of Grant Wiley and Leandre Washington.

Morrone is a native of Fairmont who moved to Texas, but still has a number of ties, including many friends and family members, in the Mountain State. He's a tight end who still has a great affinity for WVU. Although he hasn't received any offers yet, Florida State, Texas Tech and Baylor are among the schools showing interest. Marone is also a very strong academically, and has received interest from Ivy League schools as well.

Lewis is a big, fast edge defender who could play at either defensive end or linebacker. At 6-3, 245 lbs, and 4.6 in the 40 yard dash, Lewis nicely fits the bill for an outside defender in WVU's 3-3 stack.

Also expected to visit for his official trip is prep schooler Maurice Reevey, who has been ot the WVU campus already this year. Reevey, who attends Fork Union Military Academy, is the target of a hot recruiting tussle between WVU and Virginia Tech, among others.


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