Ohio Lineman Down To Three

Appropriately named Strongsville High School has a powerful lineman wrapping up visits this month, and West Virginia is in the final mix for his services.

"I had an excellent visit. I thought the coaches were great, and I liked them a lot," said senior offensive lineamn Josh Kerr. "Jeremy Hines was my host, and he showed me an excellent time. I had a lot of fun on the visit. They were just awesome with the way they acted with me."

Kerr (6-5, 285, 5.1) is something of a late bloomer, at least from a notoriety point of view. During his senior season at Strongsville, Kerr mostly head from MAC schools. It wasn't until he assembled a highlight film and sent it out that some bigger schools came calling.

Those films had a lot to show, because Kerr was the focal point of the Strongsville attack. He estimates that his team, in a run-based offense, ran "about 85%" of their plays to his side of the formation.

Kerr blocked well enough to earn all-district, all-county, all-region and all-state honors while piling up an average of more than seven pancake blocks per game. Strongsville lost in the first round of the playoffs after posting a 7-4 regular season record.

Kerr's family already had a familiartiy with West Virginia, which had recruited family member John Kerr before he committed to Indiana (he later transferred to Ohio State).

"My dad got to meet coach Rodriguez during that recruiting. My Dad really respected him, and I really liked him too," Kerr added. "He is just a down to earth guy, and that's what I like. He's genuine."

'Genuine' might not be the first term used to describe offensive line coach Rick Trickett (although he certainly is that), but Kerr liked the guru of the Mountaineer offensive trenches as well.

"Coach Trickett is fired up, and I like that about him. He likes you to play offense with a defensive lineman's mentality, and that fits me. I like to play fired up."

Although the big senior saw some action on the defensive line this year, he knows he's slated for the offensive line in college. He has played both guard and tackle, and so should have a good base of experience to build upon.

"I started at left tackle, but the coaches moved me to right guard when we had some trouble over there. I even played tight end some," Kerr noted. "My coach (Russ Jacques) is from WVU. He helped me out with the recruiting process. He likes WVU and thinks that would be a good fit for me.

Kerr still has a pair of visits to take before making his decision, however. He has scheduled trips to Miami (Fla.) next weekend and to Cincinnati on the 30th. He has not yet qualified.

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