Spring Game = Spring Visits

West Virginia will wrap up its spring on-campus visits at Saturday's Gold-Blue game with a large contingent of rising high school seniors as well as several players already bound to the Mountaineer program.

The latter group includes signees Eric Jobe, Justin Leonard, John Maddox and Chris Neild, all of who signed National Letters of Intent with West Virginia on February 1. In addition to getting another look at the school they will soon be attending, the quartet will serve as de facto recruiters for the juniors expected on campus this weekend.

Those four won't be the only future WVU players on hand, however. Local walk-on commitments Justin Hostetler (University High School), Justin Blankenship (Morgantown High School) and Jordan Pinto (Morgantown High), are scheduled to attend, as is punter David Brewer of Dublin (Scioto, Oh.) High School.

That group, while checking out the quasi-game day atmosphere, will also be urging the junior visitors to take a close look at the West Virginia program. The juniors set, which could number 25 or more, will certainly get as much attention from the Mountaineer coaching staff as the players on the field.

Ohio and Pennsylvania players dominate the potential visitors list, due to the close proximity of their states to Morgantown. Approximately 10 Pennsylvanians, including offers Gino Gradkowski and Kellen Harris, are expected to make the trip, while nine Ohioans are also expected.

Withrow (Cincinnati, Oh.) High School, with defensive end Daryle Ballew, offensive lineman Wendell Blue, quarterback Bryant Thomas, running back Ricardo Thompson, wide receiver Derrick Sherman, and John Lee head the visitors list in terms of numbers from one school. Other Ohioans who could take in Saturday's action include Carson Byrd of Trotwood-Madison (Dayton) High School, Skylar Jones of Middletown, and Nick Schepis of Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls) High. Jones and Schepis have both been offered scholarships as well.

Pennsylvania's group includes some impressive line prospects, with Gradkowski (Seton-LaSalle High in Pittsburgh) and Don Barclay (Harmony) headlining the list. Running back Michael Rainey-Wiles, who visited the Mountaineer campus last week, is also scheduled to make a return trip as well. Three players from nearby Uniontown, Jonathan Farrell, Kevin Sanders and Jeff Nutter, are also expected to make the short journey across the state line to Morgantown. Defensive end Matthew Balasavage and Thomas Nardo (both of Lancaster High), along with running back Lamont Smith of Pittsburgh Central Catholic, round out the list from the Keystone state.

West Virginia will also try to make a move into the Midwest by hosting at least three players from Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind. Safety Jerimy Finch, running back Darren Evans and wide receiver Adrien Robinson, all of who have been offered by WVU, are expected to be on hand for Saturday's action.

Others expected to take in the game include offensive linemen Chad Snodgrass (Nitro, W.Va.), John Elliott (East Meadow, N.Y.) and Chase Minnifield of Clay High School in Lexington, Ky.

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