Rising Senior Camp Gives Staff Closer Look

Approximately ninety players attended the first camp of WVU's summer season on Saturday.

The rising senior camp, which, as the name implies, is limited to players entering their final year of high school, allowed the WVU coaching staff to get a close look at many of the players they will be evaluating this year.

The camp, which already paid off in the form of a verbal commitment from wide receiver Ryan Dawson, was conducted under sunny skies in the stadium.

Players first worked through stations in the Puskar Center weight room, where they put forth their best efforts in the vertical jump and broad jump. They then hit the field for about an hour and a half of work, which ranged from individual agility drills and solo instruction through some one-on-one work. The morning session concluded with seven-on-seven passing (very similar to West Virginia's workouts) and more man-to-man action from the offensive and defensive line.

The afternoon session included a viewing of WVU's highlight tape, a talk from the coaching staff, and then more running, with 40-yard dashes and shuttle drills for all campers. More one-on-one and individual sessions followed, with the camp being wrapped up after another round of seven-on-seven.

In addition to Dawson, several players stood out during one-day event. Players such as quarterbacks Bobby Rome and Shane Murray, linebackers Zac Cooper and John Connor, and running back/defensive back Jeremy Bruce drew notice among skill position players, while linemen such as Frank Carduff, Lawrence Green, Jason Kacinko and Matt Hesseltine had their moments as well.

The camp was heavy on linemen, which made up almost one-fourth of the total number of players in attendance. WVU will probably take four offensive linemen along with one or two defensive linemen in this class. Linebacker is also an area of need, with as many as four or five expected to be a part of the group that signs next February.

While there weren't a great number of early offers made to individuals at this camp, that doesn't mean there weren't talented players in attendance. It's just a reflection of a bit more conservative approach toward early offers this season. Barring any changes, the staff expects have approximately 20 players in the Class of 2005, and they want to ensure that every offer is a player that can help West Virginia in their pursuit of future Big East titles.

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