Ka'lial Glaud had been trying to get to West Virginia for a visit for some time, and he finally made it for West Virginia's 13-7 win over USF.
While many first-time visitors are impressed with the football facilities, another aspect of WVU's location impressed Glaud, who is taking a methodical approach to his visits and the recruiting process.
"I really liked the town and they way it all supports the team," Glaud said. "Some people were telling me that there was nothing to do there, but that wasn't right. The whole town was about the football team, and supporting it. I wasn't expecting that."
That's not to say that Glaud found WVU's football facilities lacking. He simply is focusing on more than just weight rooms and player lounges as he makes his visits.
"Talking with the coaches and getting to see them there was good," he said. "My mom also got to talk with them, and she was impressed too. I am building a good relationship with the coaching staff there."
Glaud, who is being recruited by WVU assistant coach David Lockwood, is taking a step-by-step approach to the recruiting process. He has already visited Iowa, and is scheduled for trips to Maryland (12/12), North Carolina (1/9) and Rutgers (1/23). He will gather as much information as he can on each school, but noted that a big hit on a visit could change his plans.
"I am taking a different family member to each visit, and when they are done I'll talk with all of them about my decision," Glaud said. "I was planning on waiting for Signing Day to make my decision, but if I found somewhere that I really liked, I could commit earlier.
West Virginia's matchup with North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl is an interesting one for Glaud, but the outcome won't have any bearing on his decision – just as wins or losses on a recruiting visit hold no impact.
"That won't matter at all," he confirmed. "It's more about me being comfortable and finding the things I want. I want to have a coaching staff that's stable, and not one where they are looking to go somewhere else. I want them to be there for a while."
Glaud, who plans to major in either criminal justice or biology, listed the five schools he is visiting as his finalists.