Southern Swing

West Virginia's first big recruiting weekend of the 2009 football season features a list of official visitors from the south as well as unofficials from several committed players.

WVU is trying the blanket approach to recruiting this weekend, as it has a number of official visitors from Florida and Mississippi in to check out the program as the Mountaineers battle the Pirates. No fewer than nine players on this week's visit list hail from those two states, and teammates are also a big story. Five sets of players hailing from the same high school are set to be on campus. The pairings also include two players from New Jersey and three from Virginia.

On the official visit list, Floridians Richard Ash, Chris Dunkley and Antonio Ford of Pahokee High School are set to make the trip, as are teammates Travis Bell and Fred Pickett of Glades Central and Robert Clark and Matt Elam of Dwyer High. Robert Johnson and Jay Hughes of Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, as well as Trey Johnson and Marquis Wallace of Varina High School in Virginia, are the final two pairs of teammates scheduled to take in the game.

Rounding out the Florida list is wide receiver Darius Millines, who along with Dunkley holds down two of the top spots on West Virginia's wish list at wide receiver. Also on the official visit list is Doug Rigg, a big, fast linebacker from Oradell, N.J.

Fellow Jerseyan Wanemi Omuso, a defensive line prospect who made more than one visit to WVU last year as a junior, is set for an unofficial, as are kicker Cody Hovatter, linemen Justin Johnson and Quinton Spain, defensive back Wes Tonkery and linebacker Travis Williams.

Overall, the group might be as highly rated as any comparably-sized collection of official visitors in recent memory. All have at least three stars from Scout.com, while Elam#1 safety in the country) and Dunkley (#5 wide receiver) are five star prospects.


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