Camp Season Underway

Saturday's combine at WVU yielded looks at a few potential senior prospects, plus some underclassmen that will be Mountaineer targets in the class of 2007.

The combine, which was promoted and hosted locally by SportsWeave, saw approximately 350 campers descend on the WVU campus for the one day event, While more than 400 were registered, no shows, a fact of life for many events such as this, dropped the actual attendance number.

After checking in, players went through a number of standard drills, including the 40-yard dash, standing long jump, vertical jump, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle. The three cone drill involves running a pattern around three cones laid out in an "L" shape, while the shuttle consists of a five yard sprint in one direction, ten yards in the opposite direction, then the final five back in the original line. Participants got two attempts at each drill except for the 40, where they got four chances.

Players then went through individal dirlls by position, then capped the day with some one one one work, with linemen squaring off in pass protection while the quarterbacks, running backs and receivers faced linebackers and defensive backs in pass routes.

One of the rising seniors that caught the eye was tight end/defensive end Jordan Stevens of Gateway High School in Monroeville, Penn. Stevens was an exuberant participant who led his defensive line mates in their competition against linemen. Using a series of speed rush moves, he only once failed to get to the quarterback (represented by a tackling dummy) during the pass rush/protection competition. For his efforts he was one of the select group of players who earned all camp status.

Also putting on a good performance was wide receiver Chris Fulmer of Nitro High School in Nitro, W. Va. Fullmer easily defeated the coverage of his opponents in passing drills, and ran a 4.5 40 in his best effort on the day.

The star of the camp was rising junior Victor Anderson of St. Xavier High School in Louisville, Ky. Anderson blazed through all the drills, capping them with times of 4.40 and 4.41 in the 40. Anderson, who rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns in St. Xavier's Class 4A championship game win as a sophomore, has become one of WVU's early scholarship offers for the class of 2007, and his performance at the camp was simply a confirmation of his talent and ability.

Big lineman Josh Evans of Fayetteville, W. Va. was also in attendance as he continued to work toward achieving a scholarship offer from WVU. Evans was solid in his pass protection work, and will be back at WVU in a couple of weeks for the rising senior camp.

In addition to Fulmer, Anderson, Evans and Stevens, members of the all-camp team included running Kenny Randle (RB, 6-3, 210 lbs., North Stafford, Va.), Nicholas Hall (RB, 5-11, 175 lbs., Towson, Mary.,) Dart Mitchell (WR, 5-10, 170 lbs., Shaker Heights, Ohio), Cory Hess (WR, 6-2, 185 lbs., Morgantown, W. Va.), Richard Kresinske (QB, 6-5, 200 lbs.,Atlantic Shores, Va.), Clem Johnson (QB, 5-11, 185 lbs., Carlisle, Penn.), Nick Jones (OL, 6-5, 275 lbs., Zane Trace, Ohio), John Nicolozakes (OL, 6-2, 275 lbs., Cambridge, Ohio), Bryant Bonds (RB, 5-10, 205 lbs., Caravel Academy, Del.), Adam Parkulo (LB, 6-4, 240 lbs., Beckley, W. Va.), Sean Flynn (LB, 6-0, 210 lbs., River View, Ohio), Patrick Casey (DL, 6-0, 245 lbs., Leighton Area, Penn.), Gareth Hissong (DL, 6-3, 240 lbs., Delone Catholic, Penn.), Ryan Pratt (DL, 6-0, 265 lbs., Woodridge, Ohio), and Tim Cortazzo (WR, 6-1, 175 lbs., Penn-Trafford, Penn.)

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