Still Optimistic

With the deadline to enroll just one week away, one West Virginia commitment remains optimistic that he will be able to join his chosen school for the spring semester.

"It looks like it will happen," an upbeat Deon Long said of his chances of enrolling at West Virginia for the spring semester, which would enable him to go through spring drills and get a jump on the 2009 season. "I am waiting on my final grade for a class that ends on Wednesday, and that should be good."

The bigger hurdle is getting paperwork squared away, through bureaucracies that are out of his control.

"I'm at home right now, and I am waiting to receive my recent test scores," Long said. I requested that they send them straight to WVU too."

While Long is keeping a positive outlook on the process, he also has a plan in place in case everything doesn't work out in time.

"If that happens, I'll run track for my school and concentrate on working out and getting ready.

Long is one of a group of highly-touted wide receivers that hopes to make a difference in West Virginia's passing game in 2009. Along with Logan Heastie and Stedman Bailey, Long helps make up the most highly-regarded class of receivers to come to West Virginia since the mid-1980s.

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