In The Hunt

A first visit to the West Virginia campus was enough to put the Mountaineers in the hunt for a three-star cornerback.

Withrow High School's Robert Williams made his first visit to West Virginia over the weekend, and like many people was taken aback by all the University and the city of Morgantown had to offer.

"When I was getting ready to go, some of the players from other schools said there's nothing to do there, but I had a nice time," said Withrow, who hails from Cincinnati. "That is one thing that's important to me, coming from the city."

Although Morgantown won't be confused for New York City anytime soon, Williams said there was enough to do to to keep him happy. Making WVU an even stronger candidate was the family atmosphere that he saw reflected in every aspect of the program.

"My visit was really nice. I liked the football team a lot. In general, it was one big family.The academic programs were nice, and had some things I was looking for. The weight room was great, and the coaching staff was awesome."

Williams was hosted by spur Erick Wicks, who showed Williams the sights and ushered him on a trip to head coach Rich Rodriguez' house.

"We went out some, then went to Coach's house and chilled," said Williams, who was impressed with the evening's activities. "It was really nice. We played some ping pong and pool, watched the Heisman show, and had some nice food. The house is just huge. We got to talk to the coach one-on- one, and that was important."

Although Williams admits that the social scene was a bit more to his liking on his trips to Minnesota and Maryland, he also said that the family feel at West Virginia made him feel right at home.

"I got a nice feeling [at West Virginia] that that might be where I belong," said Williams.

Although that feeling wasn't enough to make him commit, it did put West Virginia in the thick of the battle for his services. He will visit Illinois this weekend, and then make his decision shortly thereafter.

"I've started taking a few things down, but I haven't put the schools in order or anything like that," Williams said. "I will take my last visit and then make my choice."

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