Football Junior Day Yields Good Visits

West Virginia hosted the first of its football junior days on Saturday, and one of the Mountaineers' top targets was on hand to pay the state's flagship institution a visit.

Lineman Dennis Landolt of Holy Cross High School in Delran, N.J., has already been offered by the Mountaineers, and, in fact, has seen the WVU campus on numerous occasions. That's due to his brother, Kevin, who was a four-year letterman and standout performer for the Mountaineers from 1995-98.

"We went to just about all of Kevin's home games," Dennis noted after returning home from his visit to the WVU campus. "I'd seen it before, of course, but the facilities were really good."

The fact that Landolt decided to make the trip from New Jersey for a one day visit says something about his interest in WVU, and the respect that he has for the Mountaineer progam.

"Kevin played under Coach Nehlen, and now Coach Rodriguez is there, but I know how good of a place it is," Landolt said of Morgantown and the WVU program. "It's a good program, and I would be interested even if my brother hadn't played there. But that does help a little bit that he played there."

Landolt also noted there were still some ties to the coaching staff as it exsited when his brother wore the Gold and Blue, most notably defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich, who returned to the WVU staff last year after a two-year hiatus.

"Coach Kirlav and Coach Trickett are both intense. I like the way they coach, and that's the type of coach I like to play for," Landolt observed.

Landolt plays both offensive and defensive line for Holy Cross, but is receiving most of his recruiting interest as an offensive lineman. He earned all-county, all-parochial and third team All State honors as a junior, and will likely add more awards to his trophy case during his upcoming senior year.

At 6-5 and 270 pounds, Landolt uses his speed to excel at his offensive tackle position, where he believes he will land in college. He also wrestled for Holy Cross, finishing third in the state as a junior in the heavyweight class.

The soft spoken junior has an advantage over many of his fellow classmates who are being recruited, as his brother Kevin went through the process just a decade ago. He hasn't let that go to waste, either, as he has talked to Kevin several times about the world of recruiting.

"I understand the process, so I don't have to learn about it. Kevin has talked to me some about it, and I have a pretty good idea of everything that's involved."

Landolt has already received offers from WVU as well as Rutgers and Virginia, and is also getting serious interest from Maryland. However, with his knowledge of what to expect in the recruiting game, he plans to make his decision before his senior year of football commences.

"Kevin waited, and didn't commit until about December or January, Dennis recalled. "I want to go ahead and make my decision before my senior season."

So, with a firm Mountaineer history in his background, does Landolt lean toward WVU early in the game?

"West Virginia is definitely in the lead. I'm going to go to some summer camps, and I haven't fully made those plans yet, but WVU is right up there."

Dennis Landolt (right) checks out the WVU facilities with his father

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