Weekend Update

The sidelines weren't nearly as crowded as the stands for West Virginia's win over Wofford, but there were several recruits in attendance that the Mountaineers are very interested in.

Two seniors who took in the game were Uniontown's Quindell Dean and Mount View's Shannon Thomas. Dean, who was on an unofficial visit, is a wide receiver and defensive back who might lean toward the defensive side of the ball in college. He has received offers from a couple of MAC schools, but does not yet have an official offer from WVU. Thomas is a big 6-7 tight end with the body and physical skills to play on either side of the ball, and his versatility and ability have him moving higher up the recruiting charts.

Several instate players also took in WVU's easy win. Chief among those was Morgantown High School quarterback Charlie Russell, who is already drawing raves for his play at the helm of the Mohigan attack. Russell, just a junior, makes some throws that no other QB in the state can make, and his outstanding touch, combined with plenty of strength, have made him one of the Mountaineers' top targets in the Class of 2007.

Accompanying Russell was Justin Blankenship, also of Morgantown.

Another intriguing prospect was South Charleston's Tommy Spurlock, a speedy, quick running back/defensive back prospect. Spurlock had 1,014 yards on 142 carries as a junior, and scored nine touchdowns. His ability to change directions and make defenders miss has several Division I schools, including WVU, evaluating him during his senior season.

Finally, Nate Carson of Bellefonte High also took in the contest. Carson is another wide receiver/defensive back prospect who holds Bellefonte's career records for career touchdown receptions and interceptions. Carson is also a dangerous kick returner who is a threat to score anytime he gets his hands on the ball.


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