Standing Fast?

Coaching changes can lead to decommitments and rethinking in the recruiting game. How are a pair of West Virginia's Florida recruits viewing the departure of wide receivers coach Butch Jones?

Running back/receiver Jock Sanders of St. Petersburg Catholic High School in Tampa, Fla. is one of many recruits across the country affected by the departure of his primary recruiter. The decision to pick a school is hard enough, but when the coach that worked with you for the better part of a year or more is suddenly gone, a certain amount of trepidation creeps in. The recruiting coach is the one solid link to the school, especially one that isn't right next door, and thus some doubt in the commitment is understandable.

"It's hard, because Coach Jones recruited me the whole time," Sanders said. "I had a very strong bond with him. He's the one who told me all about the school and stayed with me. When I heard he left, I did have some thoughts about the decision, but I am still committed to West Virginia. I don't think I will take any other visits. I have been hearing from Wake Forest some, but I think I am good with West Virginia."

Following the announcement of Jones' departure, head coach Rich Rodriguez contacted WVU's recruits, including Sanders.

"He told me everything was good, that I still had a scholarship and that they still wanted me," the short, yet speedy and explosive athlete related. "I need to build a better bond with Coach Rod now, and get to know him better."

Sanders' teammate, wideout Andrew Harris, has similar views. Sanders said he and Harris have had some conversations since Jones' departure.

"Andrew and I talked about it several times," Sanders said. "We both have had some thoughts about the situation, but I think we are both settled in with West Virginia."

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