That occurred this past weekend on campus, as some 18 players who could be invited walkons made unofficial visits to check out the WVU program.
The coaching staff conducts the visits of walkons in the same manner as they do those of scholarship players, which underlines their importance to the program. Success stories such as University High School's Scott Gyorko, who earned a scholarship this winter, show that the path is open for players who can perform on the field to earn a coveted grant.
A number of West Virginia high school players, several of which are already very familiar with the Mountaineer football program, either visited WVU this past weekend or are being targeted as invited walkons.
A list of those players includes RB/DB Bryan Wright of Hampshire County, TE/DE Tim Lindsey of Bridgeport, WR/DB Karl Booker of Riverside, OL Drew Cochran of Greenbrier West, LB Joey Spano of George Washington, TE Dan DiGiovine of University, OL Jeremy Moore of Fayetteville, WR Jarrod Pittman of Mount Hope, TE Gavin Herscher of St. Albans, DB Shavar Greer of Beckley, RB/LB Curtis Holden of Lewis County, QB Aaron Mextroth of Spring Valley, WR Tony Clacker of Midland Trail and WR Rocky Manchin of North Marion.
There are also a few out of state players being considered. Pennsylvania players of interest include DB Nick Cherish of Thomas Jefferson High School in Pittsburgh, TE/DE Nathan Forse of Laurel Highlands and DB Matt Cassidy of Plum.
Of course, one or more of these players could be "on the bubble" in terms of a scholarship offer, depending on a variety of factors. The most prominent of those figures to be Parkersburg QB Marc Kimes, who has reportedly had some offers on the Division II and III level. Many of those decisions will likely not be made until after the initial signing day.