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WVU Stands Out Early for Talented 2013 Cornerback


Recruiting in the spring typically means early looks, first impressions and a lot of phone calls. Through that initial rush, West Virginia is pushing its way to the top of Jahmere Irvin-Sills' list.

"I watched them all the time growing up and then I saw them in the Orange Bowl, which was an amazing game," Irvin-Sills said this week. "I loved that game. I watch them all the time. I'm a fan."

Irvin-Sills is a three-star cornerback according to Rivals.com who is just beginning to plan out the process of scheduling visits and whatever else comes with recruiting.

Mountaineers assistant Daron Roberts is leading his recruiting and clearly in hearing Irvin-Sills speak, he likes what he knows of the program.

WVU may be sitting pretty for Irvin-Sills these days, but there is plenty of work to be done if the Mountaineers hope to gain his services next fall. He already shows six offers, but as time goes on and his senior season unfolds, he will likely add to that total.

"I'm getting offers out the blue that I didn't know I was going to get," he says. "One day I'll come to school and my coach will tell me that Rutgers offered me out of the blue, so I think it's going well."

At 5-foot-10, 175-pound, Irvin-Sills calls himself a bit of a weight room rat. At Eastern Christian Academy (Md.), he and his teammates spend every moment of free time they can get trying to build their bodies to perform at the next level. With that in mind, he keeps a keen on the workout facilities when he plans his college visits, and he's interested in seeing what he will find in Morgantown.

There are bigger factors that play into the equation of choosing where he will play out his collegiate ball, though.

"I'm looking for a great coaching staff, something like a family where I can build bonds," says Irvin-Sills. "I'm looking for a great team to play with, a great defense to play on and a great education with teachers who care about us."

He will get his first chance to find out if WVU fits those criteria when he makes an unofficial visit to campus on April 21 for the Gold-Blue Game. It is the only visit he currently has planned and he is anxious to see if the idea of West Virginia that plays out in his mind is what he will actually experience when he comes to town.

"I like the football side of it, but I haven't been down there to experience the atmosphere, so when I get there I'll do that and see how I like it," he says.

In the meantime, he will continue to call Coach Roberts and discuss – well, just about anything.

"I'll call him and we'll just ask each other how the day went, how workouts are going and what I'm doing in the offseason, how are my family and my coaches," says Irvin-Sills. "We talk about plays, coverages, how I'd fit in the defense. We're cool. I could see myself building a bond with him if I went to West Virginia."

A visit, and a face-to-face meeting, could go a long way in determining how strongly that bond is built and whether or not it leads Irvin-Sills to the hills of Morgantown.

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