Standing Firm

One of the many West Virginia commitments to stand firm to his word is visiting campus this weekend for an official visit.

Lineman Joey Madsen is still 100% committed to West Virginia, and will be backing that word up with an official visit to the Mountaineer campus this weekend.

Madsen will be on campus with several other recruits this weekend as the revamped Mountaineer coaching staff firms up and works to add names to the 2008 commitment list.

Madsen, like the other linemen in the class, was unperturbed by the coaching change.

"I think the change is a good thing," Madsen said. "They are getting some of the coaches back that used to coach there, but they are keeping the same offense and defense. I think it will be fine."

Madsen has talked with several members of the new staff, and is assured that the transition won't be a disruptive one, at least from his perspective.

"They've all called me and introduced themselves, and we had the chance to talk some," Madsen said of the process. "I'm looking forward to going down there this weekend. I hope to learn more -- there's always room for improvement."

That improvement could come on either side of the ball. Although Madsen has been slotted as an offensive lineman in this class, he said he wouldn't mind taking a shot at defense. However, he said he would be happy on either side of the ball.

Madsen is finishing up his last semester in high school, and will again try his hand at track and field after sitting out that sport as a junior.

"I'll throw shot and discus," said the cheerful Madsen. "I'd like to get a shot at the school record. My best throw in the shot is around fifty feet, and the record is 54. I haven't thrown it in a while, so I am anxious to see what I can do."

Madsen also believes that he will benefit from the cross-sport training.

"We have a coach that coaches track and and football, and he is working with me. He has me doing a lot of workouts that will help me in track, but that will help me in football too. There's a lot of beneifts to them that will help me in both sports."

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