Next Phase

With the start of the season come official visits, and a number of players are scheduled to take in West Virginia's 2006 football opener.

Leading the way are five verbal commitments, including quarterback Charlie Russell and defensive lineman Junius Lewis of Morgantown. Both of those players will likely be in attendance at every WVU home game, and serve as de facto recruiting hosts for some of the uncommitted players making their trips to WVU.

Russell will also get the chance to get acquainted with some of the people that couls eventually be blocking for him as he drops back to pass. Three of West Virginia's offensive line commitments, inlcuding Gino Gradkowski, Chad Snodgrass and Donny Barclay will also be on hand.

Headlining the uncommitted players expected to vist is offensive lineman Richard Muldrow of William Penn High School in Pennsylvania. WVU is getting stiff competition from Penn State, among others, in the race to secure a commitment from the big offensive lineman.

Other Pennsylvanians who are slated to make the weekend trip are Brandon Carter, a teammate of Barclay's at Seneca Valley, Devan Johnson, a linebacker from Woodland Hills (and former teammate of WVU freshman wide receiver Wes Lyons), and Eli Morres, a center defensive end prospect from Brookville High School.

A pair of speedy, athletic Ohio players will also make the trek to the state's flagship University. Sean Fobbs, a hard-hitting safety from Miamisburg High School, and Josh Herron, a running back and cornerback prospect from Lemon-Monroe who is the classic multi-position player, will get a close up look at the WVU program.

Travelling the furthest to the game will be Derek Knight, another safety who ranges far and wide to make plays all over the field. He will be joined by Anthony Hill, a mobile offensive lineman from Burlington Township, N.J.

Rounding out the expected visitor list are three players from West Virginia: Morgantown defensive back Derek Long, Jefferson running back/defensive back Ryland Newman and Williamstown lineman Travis Buttrey.

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