Catching Up

It's been six weeks since West Virginia enjoyed a home football Saturday, so the Mountaineers expect a large group of recruits to visit for the weekend contest with Temple.

Although West Virginia did have a Thursday night home contest with Syracuse a couple of weeks ago, most recruits couldn't make the trip to Morgantown due to classes and games scheduled the next day. Evan Jablonka of Pickerington, Ohio was one of the few players from outside the immediate area to take in the game. He was joined by the entire Hargrave Academy post-graduate football team, which played WVU's j.v. the following afternoon. Hargrave has a handful of players being watched by the Mountaineer staff, and also features WVU commitment T. J. Mitchell.

This week presents no such problems, and as a result a number of players will get their chance to check out the Mountaineer program on game day. One of the most intriguing prospects is Alex Daniels, a four-star prospect from Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus. Daniels is the entire package at 6-3 and 225 pounds, and could play running back, safety or linebacker in college. So far, Daniels has not mentioned WVU much in his recruiting thoughts, but the fact that the Mountaineers are getting a visit from the powerful Ohioan at least shows West Virginia has its foot in the door.

Another Ohio native scheduled to visit is tight end/offensive tackle Chris Stiel of Reynoldsburg. At 6-6 and 245 pounds, Stiel already has the size of a collegiate tight end, and his good footwork and mobility could make him an even better offensive tackle in college. With WVU still looking for a tackle or two to complete the offensive line in this year's class, Stiel is definitely a player to watch.

Offensive lineman Phil Costa, from WVU pipeline Holy Cross High School in Delran, N. J. is also slated to make the trip to the WVU campus. Costa is a teammate of Dennis Landolt, who is likewise considering the Mountaineers.

Inside the state borders, a pair of players being watched closely by the WVU staff is slated to take in the game as well. Morgantown running back Spencer Farley and Huntington athlete Ricky Phillips, both of whom are enjoying excellent senior seasons, will head a group of fellow upperclassmen on the sidelines.

Several familiar faces from the junior and sophomore classes will also be in attendance, including junior offensive lineman Josh Evans of Fayetteville, junior wide receiver Chris Fulmer from Nitro, junior linebacker Cory Jackson from University and sophomore quarterback Charlie Russell of Morgantown.

A number of verbal commitments are also scheduled to be on hand, including Jeremy Bruce, Zac Cooper, Ryan Dawson, Frank Carduff, Omar Powell and Nate Sowers.


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