Visits Begin Anew

As the football season gets underway (finally!) so do a renewed round of recruiting visits to the West Virginia University campus.

As always, verbal commitments are sprinkled throughout the scheduled visit list. WVU's instate commitment list will be heavily represented, with Ryan Dawson, Zac Cooper and Nate Sowers all scheduled to take in the Mountaineers' opener.

Joining them will be Pennsylvania speedster Jeremy Bruce and New York's Jason Gwaltney, both of whom are also solid commitments to the West Virginia program.

Two of the Mountaineers' top targets are also scheduled to be on campus this weekend. Sean Lee, of Upper St. Clair High School in Pittsburgh, and Omar Powell, of Shaw High School in Cleveland, are slated to be on hand. Lee, who is projected to be a safety in college, ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns on just 16 carries in USC's win last week. Right now, it appears as if Iowa is WVU's main competition for Lee, who is carefully considering all of his options before making his decision.

Powell, whose school is the alma mater of former WVU All-American linebacker Darryl Talley, is a talented linebacker prospect that fits right in with WVU's needs at the outside backer position. Powell, who had 141 yards rushing in a season-opening loss last week, is also a verstaile track performer, competing in the high jump, long jump and 100-meter dashes for Shaw.

While the Mountaineers already have four in-state commitments, they are still looking at other home-based prospects. Two of those players are kicker Patrick Shadle of Morgantown and tight end/lineman Derek Hardman of Roane County. Both Shadle and Hardman are also set to vist WVU this weekend.

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