Ramping Up

With the football regular season wrapped up, the WVU coaching staff hit the road this week to begin captializing on the Mountaineers' 10-1 regular season and Sugar Bowl bid.

The coaching staff dispersed far and wide this week to begin putting the push on recruits to nail down official visits and show additional interest in the top recruiting priorities. Over the next two months, several weekends will be key as the WVU staff builds the class of 2006.

Among those coaches making visits was wide receivers coach Butch Jones, who took advantage of the Mountaineers' trip to Florida to check out several prospects, including Armwood wide receiver Lance Tillison, who, along with Jamarl Payton, were dislocated from Slidell, La., by Hurricane Katrina. Tillison, who had relatives in the Tampa area, relocated there, and Payton and his family soon followed.

Jones, along with Herb Hand and Calvin Magee, took in high school games the night before WVU's win over USF.

This weekend, nine players are expected for visits at the Puskar Center, including several players at key postions of need. Offensive linemen Steven Singleton, Andy Miller and Eric Rodemoyer, cornerbacks Robert Williams and Wondy Pierre-Louis, and safeties Franchot Allen and Culmer St. Jean top the list. They are expected to be joined by wide receiver John Maddox and Derek Hayes.

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