WVU Coaching Staff Set To Host Blue-Chip Prospects - WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News - Mountaineer Sports

WVU Coaching Staff Set To Host Blue-Chip Prospects

Updated:
MORGANTOWN -

There are often many reasons why college coaches attempt to bring certain recruits to town on certain weekends.

Take Sep 24th for example.  No. 2 LSU was in town for a nationally-televised primetime contest with the Mountaineers. ESPN's College Gameday crew was also on hand broadcasting live from Touchdown City. 

But with all the hype and hoopla surrounding the game, the coaching staff knew it wouldn't have a lot of time to spend with each individual recruit.  As a result, they decided to invite as many unofficial visitors as possible, so each of them could take in the atmosphere and see the best of what Mountaineer Field had to offer.

Fast forward to this weekend, and the situation couldn't be any more reversed. 

The struggling Connecticut Huskies (2-3) come to town for WVU's conference opener on Saturday.  The weather is slated to be a beautiful 73 degrees and sunny, which is quite a contrast from the rain that followed around Mountaineer fans all day long in the Blue Lot two weeks ago leading up to kickoff.

And considering that all of the official recruits scheduled to be in Morgantown this weekend reside in the Sunshine State, the weather should make these high school stars feel like they never left home.

The noon kickoff will allow the coaching staff to spend an adequate amount of time after the game Saturday and Sunday morning with each individual prospect. 

Hopefully, the mid-week rant from Head Coach Dana Holgorsen about the Mountaineer faithful will motivate everybody to come out on Saturday, pack the house, stay the whole time and be loud.

After all, there are a bunch of Floridians in the stands to impress.

Headlining the group of recruits scheduled to be here is Rivals.com 5-star cornerback Tracy Howard from Miramar.  Mountaineer fans are obviously very familiar with the high school, as former Mountaineer Damon Cogdell is now the head coach of the school which has brought Geno Smith, Stedman Bailey, Ivan McCartney and Josh Taylor to WVU.

Howard has offers from every big name in college football, but he isn't the only talented Miramar Patriot coming to town.  Defensive end Trevon Coley, wide receiver Devonte Mathis and 4-star wide receiver Malcolm Lewis will also be taking in the sights this weekend.

A handful of committed prospects will also be here, as defensive tackle Imarjaye Albury (Miami Northwestern), wide receiver Devonte Robinson (Village Academy) and wide receiver Darreal "Dee" Joyner (Miami Central) have already pledged their services to the WVU coaching staff.

Eric Kinsey (Miami Northwestern), an athletic defensive end prospect with huge upside, is scheduled to visit Morgantown along with running back Roshard Burney (Palm Beach Gardens).  Burney is believed to have strong interest in the Mountaineers and would be the second running back in this class along with Albert Reid if he committed.

6'6" 280-pound offensive tackle prospect Kameron Davis (Northeast) will also attend the game Saturday.  Davis claims offers from BCS programs all over the country and would be quite a coup for Offensive Line Coach Bill Bedenbaugh.

Travares Copeland (Treasure Coast), a 6'0" 175-pound athlete, will be in attendance.  Copeland has been on the coaching staff's radar for awhile and could play any number of positions at the next level.

Last, but certainly not least, is current Florida State verbal commitment Mario PenderRivals.com ranks Pender as the third best running back in the country and the nation's 28th overall prospect.  His blend of size and game-breaking speed would be an instant asset in Holgorsen's fast-paced offense. 

All 12 prospects are a part of the 2012 recruiting class and each one is believed to have a committable offer from the Mountaineers.

  • More SportsMore>>

  • WATCH: Women's Soccer Preps for Georgetown

    WATCH: Women's Soccer Preps for Georgetown

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 5:08 PM EDT2017-08-15 21:08:12 GMT
    WVU Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown prepares for second round NCAA Tournament action. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)WVU Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown prepares for second round NCAA Tournament action. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

    Head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and senior Alli Magaletta talk about the season opener against Georgetown and the expectations for this season.

    Head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown and senior Alli Magaletta talk about the season opener against Georgetown and the expectations for this season.

  • Tynice Martin Recovering from Injury

    Tynice Martin Recovering from Injury

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 3:53 PM EDT2017-08-15 19:53:27 GMT
    Tynice Martin scores 30 points as WVU sets a school record for 3-pointers against Oklahoma State. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)Tynice Martin scores 30 points as WVU sets a school record for 3-pointers against Oklahoma State. (PHOTO: Geoff Coyle)

    WVU junior guard Tynice Martin is recovering from an injury sustained at the USA Basketball U23 National Team Trials.

    WVU junior guard Tynice Martin is recovering from an injury sustained at the USA Basketball U23 National Team Trials.

  • WATCH: Gold Defeats Blue 4-0 in Men's Soccer Scrimmage

    WATCH: Gold Defeats Blue 4-0 in Men's Soccer Scrimmage

    Monday, August 14 2017 11:10 AM EDT2017-08-14 15:10:35 GMT
    Sophomore Pascal Derwaritsch scores a goal for the Gold team during the Gold-Blue scrimmage. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone)Sophomore Pascal Derwaritsch scores a goal for the Gold team during the Gold-Blue scrimmage. (PHOTO: Anjelica Trinone)

    The West Virginia University men's soccer team unofficially kicked off the 2017 season on Sunday night with the Gold-Blue scrimmage. Hear from head coach Marlon LeBlanc, senior Louis Thomas and Arslan after Sunday's scrimmage.

    The West Virginia University men's soccer team unofficially kicked off the 2017 season on Sunday night with the Gold-Blue scrimmage. Hear from head coach Marlon LeBlanc, senior Louis Thomas and Arslan after Sunday's scrimmage.