Potential On Display

Offensive lineman Greg Gaskins was one of about 20 offensive linemen at West Virginia's football camp for rising seniors on Sunday, and his performance at a new position has the Mountaineer staff very interested in the William Penn high schooler's potential.

"Last year I played center and this year I will play tackle," said Gaskins, who is making the quantum leap from a power inside spot to the more athletically demanding outside position. "It's o.k. with me – I like playing tackle. And I think that by playing more than one spot, it shows that I'm versatile and can play out there [on the edge]. I think that will help me get recruited."

At WVU on Sunday, Gaskins showed well at his new position. At six feet four inches and 285 pounds, he has the size to contend with bigger ends, but also showed some nimbleness in his footwork as he adjusted to speed moves. Lightning-fast foe Nickcaro Golding gave him some problems off the edge, but other than that Gaskins acquitted himself well at a position that will certainly give him more recruiting notice as a senior.

So far, Gaskins' only offer is from Massachusetts, but at least five other schools are showing great interest in him, and several appear to be close to offering.

"West Virginia, Bowling Green, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Akron are all talking to me a lot," the York, Pa., native noted. "I really do like West Virginia a lot. I will be going down to the three-day team camp there again next week. The coaches said they like me a lot too – the offensive line coach wants to work with me again at team camp."

That WVU is very interested in Gaskins is plain to see, as he worked with a group of linemen including WVU commit Donny Barclay and prospects Gino Gradkowski and Chad Snodgrass. That group often went head-to-head with the best defensive line prospects in the camp, and produced some excellent battles.

"I think I stacked up pretty well with those other guys. I felt like I was even with them," Gaskins noted.

In addition to his return trip to WVU, Gaskins will travel to Boston College and Bowling Green for camps this month. He hopes that his performances at those stops will result in offers, but if not he will be patient and wait for more interest as his senior season plays out.

NOTES Gaskins' William Penn High School team was at WVU for the seven-on-seven passing camp a year ago, so he has some experience on the turf of Mountaineer Field. He thinks actually competing on the field gives a good perspective of what playing there would be like.

"It's definitely a little different than just taking a visit," he explained. "You can visualize the fans in the stands and imagine how it would be on game day."

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Gaskins' offensive line mate, Richard Muldrow, already has an offer from WVU.

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Gaskins' high school, William Penn, is a ground-oriented team. That factor, in addition to a difference in pass blocking schemes, put him a bit at sea early on in the camp.

"We are a run-oriented team, and we had two 1000-yard rushers last year," Gaskins observed. "We might spread the ball out to more backs this year, but we will probably run it again a lot this year.

"Because of that, I think my run blocking is a bit better. Also, we slide protect in the passing game so we don't learn to drop and protect. I learned a lot at WVU's camp about dropping back to pass block. The way WVU pass blocks is different, and you have to kick step and get back in the drop."

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