Down the Backstretch

With just two home games to go, the window for football recruiting visits on game day is closing. WVU will host approximately 20-25 players this weekend before gearing up for next week's finale.

This certainly doesn't signal the end of recruiting, of course. Several visitors are already scheduled for the weekend following the end of the regular football season, and there will also be visits conducted around home basketball games as the race to Signing Day heats up. However, for those wanting to get a taste of the gameday atmosphere, the next two weekends are it.

A number of verbal commitments are making trips to see West Virginia play for a BCS bid this weekend. Linemen John Bassler, Joey Madsen, Chris Palmer and Josh Jenkins, linebacker Vince Harris and athlete Jahleel Addae are all schedule to take in the game, and will all surely be helping to tell other visitors about their reasons for committing to West Virginia.

Accompanying Harris on the trip will be defensive back Terrance Lewis of Harmony Community School in Cincinnati. Lewis, who played his high school football at North Fort Myers, Fla. (alma mater of current WVU running back Noel Devine), is a standout defensive back at Harmony.

WVU will also host three defensive line prospects as it continues to work to fill out its already impressive class in the trenches. Shea McKeen, a defensive end prospect from Nassau Community College (Long Island, NY) and Shane Usner, a gritty two way lineman from Grove City, Ohio, are set to visit. Filling out the group is Glenville (Oh) High Schools Dawawn Whitner, a big body who projects to an interior line position.

Also on the list is Isaiah Pead, a speedy cornerback/running back who has offers from numerous Big East and Big Ten schools.

As always, several instate players are expected to make the trip, including Deion Spurlock and Malik Witten, both of whom have been regular visitors. Also on that list is Wheeling Park offensive lineman David Vetanze.

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