The men up front will dominate WVU's recruiting on the offensive side of the ball in the class of 2006, and a few potential prospects were on hand at the Mountaineers' rising senior camp last weekend.
Out of a group of approximately 15 offensive linemen, several stood out during the one-day session. Although none of the players there has garnered an offer from WVU as yet, they are still being evaluated closely as the summer camp season progresses. Several of the linemen in attendance were invited back to WVU's individual camp session in a couple of weeks, so there's no doubt the Mountaineer coaching staff will be keeping close tabs on this group.
Josh Evans (6-3, 320 lbs.) – Evans, a Fayetteville, W. Va. native, has become a familiar face at the WVU football complex. He has taken advantage of every chance to show his ability to the Mountaineer staff. Evans is an extremely hard worker who hustles through every drill, and shows great desire to improve. His size and strength are obvious plusses, and if his footwork continues to improve he could work his way up the list. He's a mauling type of lineman who loves contact and has a good punch on the initial hit.
D.J. Burris (6-1, 275 lbs., 5.2) – The Kenton (Ohio) High School senior also plays linebacker, but at his weight is probably slated for the offensive line in college. Burris showed skill in pulling and getting wide during line drills, and stood his ground well during one-on-ones with the defensive linemen at camp.
Eric Rodemoyer (6-3, 305) – Perhaps had the best camp of all the offensive linemen. His best attribute was his feet – he ran well during the various cone drills and showed no problems in adapting the footwork techniques taught by Rick Trickett and Bob McClain during the day. His fundamentals (stance, hand positioning, etc.) were excellent as well.
Jarrod Smith (6-4, 270 lbs., 4.8) – A rangy tackle prospect who certainly bears further watching. WVU will be taking three or four linemen in this class, but the emphasis will be on tackles, so anyone with the height, wingspan and footwork to play on the outside of the offensive line will have a bit of an advantage. Smith possesses the first two of those qualities, and his progress with the third will no doubt determine whether or not he winds up with an offer.
Adam Brandt (6-3, 290 lbs., 5.3) - A Morgantown native, Brandt is the other in-state lineman the WVU staff will watch closely during the summer and fall. He has the size to play on the edge, but quickness could be an issue. He lined up at left tackle during many drills during the camp, and showed enough to keep himself in contention for further evaluation.
Bobby Dugan (6-5, 315 lbs.) – Another tackle prospect that immediately draws interest due to his size and frame. Dugan didn't appear to be quite as polished as some of the other camp attendees, but he showed some raw ability, and with his physical attributes, will also be a player to watch during his senior season.