Early Interest

A championship-winning linebacker from New York made his first trip to a Division I school this past weekend and came away suitably impressed.

Junior middle linebacker Malcolm Cater of Riverhead High School on Long Island, N.Y., took in West Virginia's 13-7 win over USF last Saturday. Cater, who spearheaded Riverhead's undefeated season and will be one of the most highly-recruited players in the state as a senior, got an eyeful on his trip.

"I really liked the school," Cater told BlueGoldNews.com after returning from the unofficial visit. "I never knew it was that big, or how much they had there. And that's a good football team too."

Like many getting their first look at the campus environment on game day, Cater was also taken with the fan support.

"The crowd and all the people there caught my attention, too," he said. "I couldn't believe how many people came out in the freezing cold to see the team. They were really into it."

With at least 30 visitors on the scene, Cater didn't get to spend a great deal of time visiting with coaches. There's plenty of time for that, of course, as he is just now beginning to look at schools and evaluate his prospects for his senior season. Still, he did manage to get in some time with defensive backs coach David Lockwood, who covers Long Island, as well as with some of the current Mountaineers.

Cater was the driving force of Riverhead's defense, finishing with 106 tackles and four sacks while earning MVP honors in his championship game He has a highlight tape forthcoming that will be sent to WVU as soon as it is ready.

"My coach was concentrating on getting the tapes of the seniors made up and sent out, so it wasn't ready for me to bring with me," Cater explained. "As soon as it gets done, we'll be sending it out, and West Virginia will definitely get one."

On the film, coaches will see a linebacker that could likely play either inside or outside in college. However, with Cater's ability to take on and shed blocks and run down plays, the middle spot could be the best spot for him. He is an excellent tackler, and usually brings a load with him when he hits.

"Our team gives a hammer award for biggest hit in the game, and I won that four times this year," he noted. "I think I can play either inside or outside in college. The position I play doesn't matter to me, though. It's just that playing in the middle gives me chance to make plays all over the field."

While this is just the start of the recruiting process for Cater, who admits that he wants to see other schools, he admitted that he is very interested in West Virginia. He was so impressed that he discussed his visit with senior teammate Miguel Maysonet, who was Suffolk County's player of the year. "I told Miguel in school today about the trip, and he is interested in West Virginia. I know some other schools are coming in to see him now, but I think West Virginia would be good for him."

Maysonet rushed for more than 2,300 yards in pacing Riverhead's offense.

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