Mid-Week Game Makes Visits a Challenge

While mid-week games on national television are positives in many respects, they do put a bit of a crimp in one aspect of major college programs: recruiting.

With Friday and Saturday games looming, many prep prospects simply can't get away for visits to schools of interests, so numbers for those games tend to be down. WVU, and other schools, still use the prime-time game as a recruiting tool, though, and make sure that players know to tune in the Mountaineers on TV if they can't be there in person.

Even with those hindrances, there are enough nearby prospects, off nights and schedule holes to get some players to campus, and such is the case for West Virginia in its Thursday night game against Auburn.

This week, verbal commitments Branko Busick, Deon Long, Pat Eger, Logan Heastie and Chris Palmer are slated to beat WVU for the Big East SEC showdown. Despite dire predictions from many, these players, and the rest of WVU's recruiting class to date, indicate they are still committed to West Virginia. The Mountaineer staff will likiely be looking to further firm up those verbals with that group, and use them as the base from which to build through the final three months of the recruiting season.

Joining Palmer will be Kadeem Custis, another solid offensive tackle prospect who could also be looked at on the defensive line. A Custis-Palmer double dip would be a final catalyst for a great defensive line class of 2009.

Cornerback Travis Hawkins and running back De'Antwan Williams, who have both been high on WVU's recruiting list, are also slated to make a visit. Hawkins is a prime target due to his quick reaction times and coverage speed, while Williams, a short but powerful back with a great range of running skills, would be a great addition in the offensive backfield.

Among the instate prospects expected to visit are perennial attendee Justin Johnson of Parkersburg and running back/defensive back Wes Tonkery of Bridgeport.

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