Spring Fling

Spring football games typically don't attract visitors from long distances, but that won't be the case on Saturday for West Virginia's Gold-Blue game.

Juniors from as far away as Florida, Georgia and even Texas are scheduled to take in WVU's spring-ending scrimmage on Saturday, Apr. 18. As juniors cannot take official visits, which are paid for by the school, the commitment to make a lengthy trip, both in terms of time and finances, demonstrates a strong interest in the Mountaineer program.

Winning the distance crown is quarterback Jeremy Johnson, the #14 rated quarterback in the country by Scout.com. Johnson, who hails from Silsbee, Tex., currently has West Virginia and Michigan atop his list of schools.

WVU's strong move back into Florida is evidenced by a number of players making the trip north for the Gold-Blue game. Pahokee High School's Zach Allen, a tight end/linebacker prospect, Merril Noel, a quickly rising defensive back, and Antonio Ford, a two-way linemen, head the contingent from the Sunshine State.

Georgia is also represented, with defensive end T.J. Stripling and running back Ken Malcolme of Southwest DeKalb High School on the visitor list. Both of those prospects have multiple offers from some of the best programs in the country.

Closer to home, the visitor list is just as impressive. From Ohio, receiver Latwan Anderson and defensive end Jayrone Elliott of perennial power Glenville, defensive end Derrick Bryant of Brookhaven, running back Lewellyn Coker, lineman Santiago Mason, linebacker Davion Rogers and quarterback/safety Mike Dorsey of Warren G. Harding, linebackers Ronald Gillom and Jewone Snow of Canton McKinley and wide receiver Kurtis Drummond of Hubbard make up one of the best Ohio contingents to visit for the spring game in recent memory.

Maryland and the D.C. area will also be well-represented, as standout linebacker Troy Gloster of Good Counsel, cornerback Kevin Johnson of River Hill and quarterback Ricardo Young will make the trip across I-68 to take in the contest. Virginia's Desmond Coble (safety, Meadowbrook High) is also slated to attend.

Nearby Pennsylvania will also contribute its share of visitors. Highly-regarded offensive threat Corey Brown of Cardinal O'Hara heads a list that also includes lineman Bruce Atkins of Woodland Hills, end prospect Andrew Donnelly of Ephrata and wideout Mike Martin of Mt. Lebanon.

A number of in-state prospects will also be in attendance, including some that have already been at previous junior days this spring. Morgantown fullback/end Jeff Allen and Bridgeport safety Wes Tonkery head that list, which also includes Riverside wide receiver Raheem Waiters, Point Pleasant lineman Clay Krebs, Sherman wideout Jake Rollo and South Charleston lineman Blake Brooks.

Also schedule to be in attendance are some 13 players from the Class of 2009 that have already signed letters of intent to play at West Virginia this fall.

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