Slight Edge For Florida Defender

Florida linebacker Charles Pugh liked his visit to West Virginia, and was impressed with the WVU defensive scheme. Will it be enough to make him a Mountaineer?

"West Virginia was nice. It was the first time I had visited there, and I was impressed with everything I saw," said the mobile linebacker/strong safety prospect. "I was a little surprised, though. I thought it would be boring, but I had a good time. Dwayne Thompson, the quarterback/wide receiver was my host. It helps to have guys from your area there, and I met a few of them on my visit."

Charles Pugh, who was battling the effects of a cold and a deep cough following his visit, was nevertheless excited about the prospect of playing in West Virginia's 3-3-5 defense.

" I like the way they run their defense," Pugh said enthusiastically. "The spur and bandit are two extra positions I could play, along with outside linebacker. That gives me a lot of chances to get on the field."

Due to the Mountaineers' defensive scheme, WVU has taken a slight lead over North Carolina State in the battle to procure Pugh's services. However, the race is still an open one, and Pugh plans to take every available moment to make his decision.

"I have letters of intent for both schools, and I will sign one and send it in on Signing Day," Pugh said. "I won't make my decision until then."

With WVU still needing at least one more outside linebacker in the Class of 2005, Pugh could be one of the final pieces of the puzzle at that position. He finished his senior season with 97 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Cincinnati, Central Florida and Georgia Tech were among the other schools who had offered Pugh a scholarship.

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