Two Weeks and Counting

Two weeks from now, we'll all be discussing WVU's football recruiting class of 2004.

Before that, however, there's one more week's worth of work by coaching staffs across the country. As the final two weeks wind down, the scramble intensifies to get the last few players slotted into the class of 2004, and with it comes a quickening pace of changes on the recruiting scene.

It's no different at West Virginia, as players begin narrowing down their choices while coaches use the last few days of allowable contact to make their final pitches to the most prized prospects on the board.

Coaches are allowed to contact recruits through Saturday, January 31st, so there will be a lot of calls and visits through that time. Sunday, February 1st is a one day quiet period, and then follows a four day dead period when coaches can have no contact with potential recruits.

WVU's first remaining priority remains at linebacker, where Maurice Reevey is still a top candidate. Reevey is scheduled to visit Virginia Tech this weekend, but it appears that Clemson is WVU's main competition for the Fork Union product.

Another Fork Union player, David Carter, is still considering Vanderbilt, Missouri and Cincinnati along with WVU. Carter was a fully qualified player in high school, but went to Fork Union for both his senior and a post graduate year in order to raise his recruiting profile. After a year at quarterback, Carter played tight end and defensive end at FUMA, and is being recruited as a tight end by the Mountaineer staff. West Virginia had an in-school visit at Fork Union this past week, and would love to get both of these players into the Gold and Blue.

Another player with defensive possibilities is linebacker/defensive end Lance Louis of L.B. Landry High School in New Orleans. Louis (6-3, 245), who cancelled a scheduled visit to Southern California, is a multi-position prospect who would likely begin as either a linebacker or defensive end. WVU had a home visit with Louis, who is also considering Miami. He has not yet qualified.

While a few visits are scheduled for the final two weekends, the biggest day left in the season could be Monday the 26th. On that day, three player, Kyle Mitchum, Patrick White and Anthony Heygood, are all scheduled to make their college choices. It's difficult, at best, to predict intentions, but at this point White would seem to be the best bet of making a commitment to WVU.

On the downside of the process, last weekend's scheduled vists of Demir Boldin, Antonio Wilson and Alphonso Smith did not come off, and West Virginia's interest in those players is likely cooled.

West Virginia is likely to take at least 4-5 more players in this class, with a mix of non-qualifiers and grayshirts included. West Virginia grayshirted five players in last year's class, and four of them stuck with their commitment to WVU and enrolled earlier this month.

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