Big Weekend

West Virginia will welcome its largest visiting group of the season this weekend, when 15-17 prospective footballers will check out the Mountaineer program.

On the heels of its resounding Sugar Bowl win, the coaching staff hit the road for a number of in-home visits this past weekend. With students still mostly out of town for the semester break, the staff concentrated its efforts on in-person visits, and did not have any players in for officials. That will all change this Friday, as a number of outstanding players are scheduled to make their officials to WVU.

Leading the pack are West Virginia commitments Ryan Brinson and Eric Jobe. As is typical on any big recruiting weekend, the coaching staff brings in a few players that have already committed to WVU, in order to help with recruiting others who are undecided. Brinson and Jobe are longstanding commitments that should help in that area.

On the offensive side of the ball, the scheduled group is dominated by linemen and receivers. In addition to Jobe, linemen J.D. Hamilton, Jake Miller, Don Mosely and J.B. Walton are all scheduled to give WVU the once over. Hamilton, a star junior college performer, could provide immediate depth at West Virginia's thin tackle positions, where the Mountaineers lose both starters this year.

Wide receivers Bryant Milligan and Latarrius Thomas, both of whom are the targets of numerous offers, are also slated to be on campus this weekend. Both Milligan and Thomas have the height to fill the need at outside receiver in WVU's passing attack and provide the Mountaineers with a big target in the middle of the field.

A third wideout, Tertavian Ingram of Jefferson High School in Tampa, Fla., is also scheduled to make a visit. Ingram committed to Purdue in the fall, but has been open about his interest in looking at other schools, and West Virginia, which has also offered, could be poised to make a late push.

The WR parade is completed by Sherman Lang, who played quarterback this year for Florida Air Academy. Lang is a bit of an under-the-radar prospect due to the fact that he played quarterback at FAA this year, but will likely be a wide receiver or defensive back in college.

Defensively, a quintuple set of high-profile cornerbacks head the list. Greg Davis, who has been hotly recruited by a number of schools, including WVU, has apparently responded to the efforts of coach Bill Stewart and is set to visit. He will be joined by a pair of Alabamians who exhibit the speed and skill the Mountaineers need as the rebuild their graduation-depleted ranks in the secondary. Carver (Ala.) High School's Anthony Davis, an exceptional athlete who also played quarterback, and rangy Frantrell Forrest from Shaw High School in Mobile, Ala. would both be excellent additions to Robert Williams and Brinson in the expected four to five member class of defensive backs.

The fourth, Jacques Rickerson of St. Augustine, Fla., had committed to Florida earlier this year, but is continuing to look at other schools, and a visit to West Virginia could indicate serious interest on his part. Yet another Floridian, Chris Duvalt of Lake Gibson High School, has excellent speed and displays great ball skills once the pass in the air. WVU, with a trio of Florida DBs already on the roster (Quinton Andrews, Charles Pugh and Kent Richardson) would certainly find room for another Floridian or two on its rebuilding roster of defensive backs.

WVU is expected to take a defensive lineman or two in this class, and Reginald Stokes, a teammate of Anthony Davis' at Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala., could nicely fill that need. Although he has previously committed to UCLA, Stokes, a linebacker in high school, could fit nicely as an edge rusher in WVU's 3-3 stack scheme.

Also scheduled in for a visit is running back Dexter McCluster, who committed to South Florida last fall, and then to Mississippi last month. McCluster has been open about his intentions to visit other schools, however, so his trip to West Virginia does not come as a surprise.

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