Southern Rush

West Virginia's search for edge pass rushers will cover many areas of the nation, including this Low Country defensive end who has the Mountaineers on his list of schools to check out.

Duane Chisolm, a 6-4, 250-pound junior defensive end with a great burst, has offers from nine schools, including West Virginia. The Beaufort, S.C. native has not yet begun to narrow down his list of favorites, but includes WVU as a possible visit destination.

"I haven't ranked any favorites or anything like that," the low-key Chisolm said. "I'm still gathering information about schools that I'm interested in. I will visit South Carolina, Clemson and Florida State, and I'd like to visit some other schools too. West Virginia is a school that I want to see, but I haven't scheduled anything yet. They are still in it, though."

Instate Clemson and South Carolina figure to put up strong challenges for Chisolm, who has grown to like the Tigers after growing up a Gamecock fan. However, he also notes that distance will not be a big factor in his choice of schools, so even though West Virginia is further from other suitors such as North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech, it won't be a problem that Mountaineer recruiters will have to overcome.

West Virginia has been to Beaufort High School for a visit, and mailed a written offer to Chisolm earlier this year. With a wide frame that could easily handle more weight without a loss of explosiveness, Chisolm could evolve into a dominant pass rusher. His speed and focus – "I just want to get to the ball", make him a potential playmaker at the defensive end position.

Chisolm has not set up a timetable for a decision, but does note that he would like to get the recruiting process wrapped up around the beginning of his senior season. While that leaves just a couple of months to make visits (August is mostly taken up with fall football camp), Chisolm notes that a visit isn't a must for him.

"There might be some schools that I am interested in but can't get to for a visit," he said. "That won't keep me from considering them."

As a junior, Chisolm had 119 tackles and 15 sacks for Beaufort High School.


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