Big Weekend on Tap

West Virginia will host its largest football recruiting group of the year this weekend as the Mountaineer coaching staff tries to nail down their final few commitments.

Although there will be some visits on the weekends of January 23rd and 30th, the upcoming weekend will undoubtedly be one of the most important of this year. A number of excellent prospects, along with two players who have already verbally committed, will make their official visits to West Virginia at different times this weekend.

Offensive lineman Ben Iannacchione and defensive back Alton McCann are both Mountaineer verbals who will try to help pursuade some of the visitors to join them in gold and blue. Iannacchione, a Pittsburgh native has already been on the Mountaineer campus on several occasions, while McCann will be making the trip from Jones County junior college.

The highest rated recruit in the first wave is offensive lineman Kyle Mitchum of Erie, Pa., who has narrowed his choices to Iowa, Ohio State, and WVU. The last two schools may have a slight edge right now, but West Virginia will be looking to pull out all the stops to land what would be an outstanding capper to an already excellent offensive line class.

Also scheduled to visit beginning Friday are multi-position athlete David Carter of Fork Union, lineman Josh Kerr of Strongsville, Ohio, wide receivers Darren Martin of New Orleans and Tito Gonzalez of Tampa, Fla. , and running back/defensive back Marcus Platt of Venice, Fla.

In a bit of departure from the usual visit schedule, three players will make their visit to the WVU campus on Sunday - all from Pahokee High School in Florida.

Demir Boldin, Alphonso Smith and Antonio Wilson, all teammates on the Pahokee squad, will make the trip on Sunday, and arrive as the other visitors are leaving. Boldin, who could play four or five positions, and Smith, who is likewise a multi-talented performer, have excellent athleticism and would be outstanding additions to the West Virginia roster.

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