Camps Underway

A busy week at both the Coliseum and Mountaineer Field got underway Sunday afternoon as football and basketball camps ran registration and began workouts at WVU's athletic facilities.

Football, with almost 500 campers, provided the busiest scene of the day, as participants from as far away as Florida, South Carolina (one high school brought 14 players from Columbia) and Long Island registered to begin stints at Rich Rodriguez' football camp. Sprinkled among the campers, which range in age from 8-17, will be several recruiting prospects for the coming season.

Many of those players, who visit several camps during the busy June season, often come in for just one day, which casues something of an irregular pattern for those visits.

One player who got a jump start on the procedings was New York wide receiver Nyan Boateng, who was on campus over the weekend to check out the WVU program. Boateng, who had a good visit as he checked out the Mountaineer program, is being recruited by a host of schools. WVU's main challengers appear to be Maryland and Pitt at the moment.

Another player who made a lengthy trip to WVU was Palm Beach Lakes quarterback Jarrett Brown. Brown is a tall and lanky player who has great arm strength and mobility, and could battle his way to the top level of Florida quarterbacks this fall. He, like Boateng, is also an outstanding basketball player.

Another player who recently received an offer and is scheduled to visit is North Carolina quarterback Cameron Sexton. Sexton has the run/pass skills that would make him a perfect fit in the spread offense, and despite a bit of a late start in his recruitment, WVU has gotten him to agree to a camp visit on Tuesday.

WVU verbal commitments Jason Gwaltney and Scooter Berry were scheduled to arrive late Sunday evening to participate in camp as well.

Individual camp continues through Wednesday morning, and then gives way to team camp on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and seven on seven passing camp Friday and Saturday.

Basketball camps also got underway on Sunday, but with AAU summer play dominating the summer scene, few prospects show up for school camps. WVU signees Luke Bonner and Darris Nichols will be in for team camp later this week.

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