Big Game, Big Visits

The battle on the field won't be the only major effort for the Mountaineer coaching staff on Saturday, as anywhere from 25-35 potential recruits are expected to take in the WVU-Maryland game.

Big weekends always draw a big recruiting list, and Saturday's tilt with the Terps is no different.

Verbal commitments scheduled to make the game include Jeremy Bruce, Zac Cooper, Ryan Dawson, Reed Williams, Frank Carduff and Omar Powell. Players who have committed often serve as de facto recruiters, as Dawson did during the ECU game with Omar Powell, who joined WVU's class this past week.

Among the players they will be attempting to sway are linebacker Sean Lee, kicker Kevin Kelly, offensive lineman Jon Walko and wide receiver David Harvey. All of those players have been offered, and the coaches are hoping that a combination of an enthusiastic Mountaineer crowd, a good on-field performance, and the camarderie from WVU commits will combine to result in more verbals from this group.

Other players scheduled to check out the West Virginia program include running back Ed Collington, who has rushed for 700 yards and 11 touchdowns in just three games, West Virginians Spencer Farley and Marquis Martin, placekicker Evan Jablonka, linebacker John Jacobs and fullback Earnest Williams.

Also coming for a visit is lineman Jason Kacinko, who has told that Maryland is his leader. However, getting a player on campus is often half the battle in swaying a decision, so WVU won't be giving up the battle for this talented lineman either.

Some underclassmen will also be in attendance, although obviously not on official visits. Junior offensive lineman Josh Evans of Fayetteville, W. Va., and sophomore quarterback Charlie Russell of Morgantown are two players who have already grabbed the attention of the coaches, and who will take in the game. Evans was a standout at WVU's summer camp, while Russell is on a number of recruiters' future lists after his excellent start this year.

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