Getting Noticed

The football recruiting class of 2011 is still months away from being signed, sealed and delivered, but that hasn't stopped Virginia native and 2012 prospect C.J. Stancil of Cosby High School in Midlothian, Va., from starting to look at several schools.

Stancil, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound cornerback, took an unofficial visit to West Virginia this past weekend as part of the All-American Football Skills Academy, a scouting combine that was held at University High School in the Mountaineers' backyard in Morgantown.

The trip was an eye-opener for the soon-to-be junior.

"It was amazing," Stancil said. "Those facilities are really nice. They are some of the best I've seen so far."

And despite his relative youth, the list of colleges he has seen in person isn't exactly short. Stancil has trekked across his home state to check out the situations at Virginia and Liberty, a high-level FCS program. He has also journeyed out of the Commonwealth to look at one of the Cavaliers' ACC foes, Duke.

"But none of them match up with West Virginia's facilities," Stancil emphasized.

To this point, the young cornerback hasn't received any contact from the Mountaineer coaching staff, however.

He has communicated with (and received invitations to summer camps from) all of the other schools he has visited thus far (indeed, Liberty head coach Danny Rocco visited Stancil at Cosby High just a week before the young prospect headed to Morgantown).

Wake Forest and Penn State (where Stancil attended a camp last summer) have also sent correspondence to the rising junior.

But with so much time before he ultimately will be tasked with making a decision about where to attend college, Stancil has chosen to focus on working on improving himself as a player -- hence, the decision to attend the All-American Football Skills Academy in Morgantown.

"I've been to a couple (similar things)," said Stancil. "I've been to Under Armour and Nike. I love the competition and it gives me a chance to get noticed, get on the radar screen. I always want to get some looks."

"It's like a year-round process now, football is. I've been really busy."

"I really enjoy it. It's all a big competition, and I love it."

And that process is likely to get only more hectic, as Stancil starts the process of determining where he will attend camps and begins to draw more and more attention to himself.

But the recruiting process, at least for now, won't detract from some simple goals the youngster has set out for himself heading into his junior year of high school.

"This offseason, I just want to get faster and stronger," Stancil said. "I need to get more flexible also, and just get my mind set for the upcoming season."


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