Goin' Camping

Mountaineer head coach Rich Rodriguez held his annual one day camp for rising seniors on Sunday.

The camp, normally held on the surface of Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium, had to move up the hill to the grass practice fields and indoor practice facility this year due to the construction delays surrounding the installation of a new playing surface at the stadium. Roughly 100 prospects reported at 9:00 this morning to take part in the day's activities.

Among the most impressive players at the morning session was speedy wide receiver A.J. Woods. The Strongsville, Oh. product showed precision in his route running and soft hands during passing drills. Woods currently holds offers from Indiana, Iowa, and Pittsburgh but will likely see more interest come his way throughout the summer.

Wide receiver Ed Tinker, defensive back (and West Virginia verbal) Jermaine Robinson, and defensive back Quamane Bryant were also in attendance. The trio is known as "The Brashear Three", and both Tinker and Bryant are getting looks from the Mountaineers. Talented defensive lineman Chris Palmer made the trip from Philadelphia to take part in Sunday's workout.

In-state products such as South Charleston's Deion Spurlock, Capital's Tyrone Goard and Malik Whitten, and Beckley's Marquel Ali were in town trying to impress the coaches at their state's flagship institution.

Much of the morning session was modeled after the NFL Combine. Players were broken up into position groups and went through speed and agility drills, as well as some basic fundamentals. This afternoon, the players will have the option of being timed in the 40-yard dash, though it is not a requirement.

BlueGoldNews.com will have more to come from today's camp, including interviews and photo galleries.


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