West Virginia will welcome a trio of verbal commitments and several other visitors to its first home weekend of the 2008 season, including a number of underclassmen.
Offensive linemen Cole Bowers of Cabell Midland High School in West Virginia and Nick Kindler of Trinity High in Pennsylvania, along with running back Chris Snook of Highland High School in Ohio are slated to take in West Virginia's season opener with Villanova. WVU, like most schools, always mixes in committed players on its visit list each week to serve as de facto recruiting assistants for the weekend's activities. While the committed players aren't treated any differently, they do talk with the uncommitted players, and can have an impact on the decision-making process.
With the Class of 2009 already two-thirds filled, WVU will also see a number of juniors and sophomores on campus this year. While those players can't make official visits (paid for by the school, they will get the same look at West Virginia's program that current seniors will receive. The groundwork for future classes is already well underway, and early visits such as these are another building block in the verbal commitments of the future.
Other expected visitors include:
Senior wide receiver/defensive back Jeff Jackson of Kiski Area (PA) Prep. West Virginia will likely take at least one more receiver in this class, and Jackson, at 5-10 and 170 pounds, is one to watch. He has West Virginia atop his list of potential destinations.
Senior running back/defender Taige Redman of Keyser (WV) High School. One of the top uncommitted prospects in the state, Redman could play any of a number positions in college.
Senior offensive lineman David Kubera of Upper St. Clair (PA) High School. Kubera could be either a guard or a tackle on the college level.
Senior wide receiver/defensive back Michael Lawler of Tri-Valley (OH) High School. A teammate of current WVU commit Ryan Spiker, Lawler had a 41-yard fumble return for a score in T-V's season-opening win.
Junior linebacker/running back Nick Forbes of Thomas Johnson High School, who will lead his team's effort to gain a state title. Forbes topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark as a junior, and recorded 99 tackles on defense.
Sophomore wide receiver Darien Bryant of Reynoldsburg (OH) High School, a tall, lanky pass catcher who has already caught the eyes of several scouts as a rising star.
Sophomore offensive lineman Justin Johnson of Parkersburg (WV) High School. Johnson, the younger brother of WVU graduate assistant Paul Johnson and freshman lineman Josh Jenkins, is already tipping the scales at 280+ pounds, and figures to be one of the top prospects in the state as a senior.