Recruiting Ebbs and Flows

Mountaineer coaches are on the road this week visiting players on their home turf as they attempt to make a last good impression before signing day.

Among those WVU is visiting is wide receiver Brendan Hill of Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia.

Hill (6-3, 190) is also considering Virginia and Virginia Tech along with WVU, and could make a late visit to the Mountaineer campus before signing day.

WVU also continues to beat the southern borders, with inhome visits scheduled in both Mississippi and Alabama.

The Mountaineer staff continues to pursue linebacker/defensive end Darel Slay of Holmes Junior College in Mississippi. Despite being an early verbal to South Carolina, Slay has continued to take other visits, and both Tennessee and West Virginia still appear to have a shot at him.

Other Mississippi players still on the radar screen include quarterback Charles Hales of Jones County Junior College and kicker Brent Smith of Northwest Mississippi Junior College. Hales visited West Virginia last weekend, while Smith has reportedly been offered a scholarship. WVU will also visit Hales on their southern swing.

Two other jucos wide receivers to keep an eye open for are Justin Arneson of Fergus Falls Community College and Vince Copeland of Reedley College in California. Copeland was Reedley's offensive MVP as well as a first team all conference selection at wide receiver and punter, while Arneson racked up more than 2000 yards receiving.

In other news, WVU has apparently ended their recruitment of instate prospect James "Tank" Tunstalle. WVU had been recruiting Tunstalle for the better part of two seasons, but Tunstalle's failure to provide the West Virginia program with a firm verbal commitment has reportedly led to this latest action.


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