Mountaineers Add to Commitment List

West Virginia's recruiting pace was anticipated to be a bit slower this year, but commitments have been coming fast and furious over the past few weeks. Today's verbal is the first of what are expected to be three or four offensive linemen in the class of 2005.

Just like most early commitments, Shenandoah Valley's Frank Carduff wanted to get the process out of the way early.

"I wanted to get it out of the way before my senior season," said the big tackle from eastern Pennsylvania. "I didn't want to deal with it during football season."

Carduff fit right in at WVU during a visit to football camp this summer, and didn't see any reason to wait to make his college choice.

"I'm very comfortable there. I like the coaches and the area. It's similar to my home area, so I don't think I'll have any trouble adjusting."

Eastern Pennsylvania immediately conjures images of tough, physical football players, and Carduff certainly fits that mold. He's a drive blocking specialist in a run-dominated offense, and should fit in well with the coaching style of the offensive line at WVU, where he's slated to begin his career.

That region of the state has long been the recruiting area of WVU assistant Bill Kirelawich, and his style meshed well with Carduff's no-nonsense approach.

"Coach Kirlav grew up about 15 minutes from where I live, so he knows the area," Carduff said of his primary recruiter. "He's very straightforward. He tells you what is on is mind, with no sugarcoating. I like that."

Carduff, who is in great shape academically with a 3.3 GPA and an 1120 SAT score, is also a three-year letterwinner in both basketball and baseball. He plays offensive tackle and defensive end for Shenandoah Valley, but will begin on the offensive line at West Virginia.

That fact, of course, puts him in the ranks of offensive line coach Rick Trickett, who is something of the mirror image of Kirelawich in terms of style, which again suits Carduff just fine.

"He reminds me of Coach Kirlav," Carduff said. He 's very straight up. He's a good motivator too - he makes you want to do it for him.

"I was only at WVU's camp for a day, but I learned a lot," Carduff continued. "He refined some of my pass blocking techniques, which is something that I need to keep working on. There we just a lot of little things that he pointed out to help me improve.

Although Carduff's most noticeable attribute is his size, he also thinks he has the footspeed to go with it.

"I think I move well for my size - I have good footwork and good technique," the rising senior explained. "I do want to improve my strength, and I will keep working on my pass blocking. We do a lot more running than passing, so I am still a little raw at that, but at WVU I did well in the one on one drills we did."

Carduff had also received offers from Connecticut and Delaware, and was receiving heavy interest from Michigan, Michigan State, and Virginia. Although those schools may still continue to recruit him, Carduff says that he has no plans to take any visits or continue the recruiting process.

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