Decision Pending?

Athlete Kenny Veal made a visit to West Virginia for the East Carolina game, and the trip brought him one step closer to a decision.

"I have had an offer from West Virginia for a long time, and this visit was great," Veal told BlueGoldNews.com. "I felt very comfortable. They like me a lot, and I like them too.

"On the field, the defense was fast and aggressive, and I liked that," he continued. West Virginia is looking at me on defense, although I am an athlete and I could play anywhere. When I talked with Coach Bruce Tall (my recruiting coach), he said they were thinking about me as a safety, but I can play cornerback too. I think I could play either one in college."

In addition to West Virginia, Veal has offers from Akron, Miami (Ohio), Eastern Michigan, Ohio University, and Eastern Kentucky. However, his focus is on WVU at this point.

"I don't have any other visits set up, and my mind is really on West Virginia right now," he said. "I'm very close to making a final decision – maybe as soon as a week."

Veal has played both ways in 2007, manning a running back position and averaging "about five or six yards per carry" after playing some slot receiver a year ago. He has also scored four touchdowns. Defensively, he has played cornerback, and has moved around to face the top players on the opposing team. As a junior, he racked up 1,048 all-purpose yards while splitting time on offense and defense.

Veal, the cousin of Phillip Manley, is also hoping that his big offensive line relative will gather an offer from WVU.

We've planned this for a long time, and if gets that offer we will play together," Veal said.

Veal, who boasts 4.4 speed, looks to be well-suited to the cornerback position. In addition to his straight-line speed, he closes on the ball well, has good reaction, and reacts and recovers quickly to the moves of receivers

His game is not all speed, however. Although not a physically imposing player, he's not afraid to stick his nose into the mix.

"I love to tackle," he said. "I'm a little guy, but I've always loved to hit and tackle," he said.

Veal has also developed a good relationship with WVU assistant coach Bruce Tall, who recruits large areas of Ohio for the Mountaineers.

"I talk with him a lot," Veal said of Tall. "He is easy to talk with."


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