Visit Experience

WVU's latest verbal commitment, Alex Ruoff, takes us along during his tour of the Mountaineer campus during his weekend visit.

Ruoff, who visited WVU this weekend, detailed his visit to the West Virginia campus for BlueGoldNews.com. The 6-6 forward gave WVU his verbal commitment during the visit, and plans to sign during the early signing period. Also visiting on the weekend was Zaronn Cann, a fellow Floridian.

"We started out with a campus tour, and it was gorgeous," Ruoff said of the visit. "Then we toured the facilities, and we got to watch four of the basketball players work out. That was neat - getting to see them work with the coaches and see what some of the workouts are like.

"We ate all of our meals with the coaches, of course, and we got to talk a lot with them about the program.

"Next, we met with academic advisors in the areas we want to study. We took a lot of time with that. I'm thinking about majoring in history, and minoring in coaching."

"My host was Mike Gansey, and Zaronn's was Franklin Young. We went out a little bit on Friday, and saw some of downtown. Morgantown was just a classic college town. I liked it a lot."

"On Saturday, we went to Coliseum, and looked at all the renovations they are doing. They had pictures so you could see what it would look like when it is finished, and they described it well. I wasn't disappointed with the construction at all. They were able to show us what everything will look like and where it will be. The facilities were unbelievable.

"We also got to play with the guys for a while in the afternoon, and that was cool.

"We also got the chance to go over to the football complex, and we toured the facilities and the weight room over there. We met Mike Barwis, who is the strength and conditioning coordiantory. He is crazy! He has so much energy.

"Saturday evening we went over to the coach's house. We went out on the lake and the team came over, and we had a really good time. We had dinner and dessert there, and watched the football game on TV, then went out with our hosts again. Sunday, we wrapped everything up and came back home."

Ruoff, like most recruits on campus, managed to pack a number of activities into his brief stay, and was so impressed that he decided to commit before he left Morgantown. He didn't give the coaches his word, however, before he checked in back home.

"My mom wasn't able to get off work to come with me, so I called her before I committed to get her opinion. She was very supportive, and all for it. I also called my coaches and talked to them, and they felt the same way. So, I went ahead and committed. Everything is just a perfect fit for me."

Ruoff also had a great experience with the WVU coaching staff, and felt right at home with their style. In addition to having a rapport with Beilein, who is very similar to Ruoff's high school coach, the 6-6 swingman also built a good relationship with his primary recruiter, assistant coach Matt Brown.

"Coach Brown was my recruiter, and he is a great guy. He's very close with the players, and I think all the coaches are. It seems like they have a great relationship."

Ruoff has already earned a number of honors during his high school career, and figures to pile up even more during his upcoming senior season. He was a first team all-conference selection, and the SunCoast player of the year in Class 4A District VI. He attended a number of presitgious camps, including the 5 Star at Pittsburgh and the NBA top 100 camp at Richmond. He made the all-star team at the former camp, and was ranked #39 at the Richmond event. He was also invited to a national-level adidas camp, but was unable to attend due to other commitments.

Ruoff is the first commitment for WVU in the class of 2005, and possibly could constitute half of that group. Although the Mountaineers have at least three scholarships to give in this class, John Beilein has typically held one grant-in-aid in reserve for a transfer. That strategy has worked out well for him at most of his stops, and he has already pulled in three transfers (D'or Fischer, Mike Gansey and Robert Summers) during his short time at West Virginia.


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