Different Approach

West Virginia continues its "Junior Day" visits this weekend with slated looks from approximately a dozen prospects that will begin their high school senior years this fall.

In the past, WVU, like most schools, has had just one "Junior Day", when prospects who are completing their junior year of high school come for unofficial visits to check out the campus and program. However, as players' schedules became more and more crowded (spring sports and football combines being two of the biggest conflicts), West Virginia, along with a handful of other schools, have spread out the visits – mostly during spring practice. Although this means the coaching staff must put in more work as it hosts players on multiple weekends (along with the occasional mid-week visitor), it also means a smaller group on campus at any one time, thus leading the way for more personal attention, and perhaps a more intimate look at the program.

Although WVU took four offensive linemen in last year's class, that position will again be an area of need this year. WVU graduates three linemen after this year, and was short another after the unexpected departure of Chris Bassler. Therefore a number of blockers will likely be making trips to West Virginia this year. This weekend's group includes Zac Kasparek of New Brighton High School, Chad Snodgrass of Nitro High, Devin Still of Howard High School and Mark Wetterer of Anderson High. Still and Wetterer are also defensive ends at the high school level, but are expected to be on the offensive side of the ball in college.

WVU will take at least one, and likely two, running backs in this year's group, and a number of excellent candidates are already popping up on the radar screen. Three local players at that position who are scheduled to come in on Saturday are Mike Rainey-Wiles of North Hills, Daryl Robinson of Northeast Catholic and Lamont Smith of Pittsburgh Central Catholic. West Virginia also likes to take running backs and project them to other positions, and it is likely that most of the runners the Mountaineers look at in this year's class will also be capable of playing other positions as well.

A pair of highly recruited linebackers is also slated to be in for the final big scrimmage of the spring. Stephen Paskorz, who WVU offered last year, and Nathan Stupar of State College High have both received multiple offers from interested schools and would be very good fits in West Virginia's 3-3 defense. Rounding out the expected visitor list is wide receiver Dominic DeCicco of Thomas Jefferson High, linebacker Tyler Replogle of Centerville and quarterback Dan Persa of Liberty High School.

WVU is also expected to host a final group of visitors next weekend around the Gold-Blue spring game, which wraps up spring practice on April 15. After that, the next chance for recruits to see campus en masse will come during football cams in mid-June.


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