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West Virginia is currently after two players who line up at the same position for the same school in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

University School outside linebackers Nick Internicola and Skai Moore each carry offers from the Mountaineers for 2013 as they put in work during spring football, which opened last Monday for the Suns.

With Internicola listed at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds and Moore at 6-2, 205, the two compliment each other well, whether in coverage, stopping the run or rushing the passer. Each have three-star ratings on Rivals.com.

"Everyone says that we're pretty much the same exact player," says Internicola. "We have the same characteristics on and off the field and we're actually really good friends and we're really excited about going to the same school as each other. We have West Virginia in mind with that."

Of Internicola's five offers, all but one school has also offered Moore. He does not highlight a favorite among them, but Internicola does say that he enjoyed an unofficial visit he took to Morgantown back in the spring and a return trip is the only official visit he is planning at this point.

"I was really surprised because I thought it was going to be a small town, but when I got there I thought it was really nice and I felt comfortable," says Internicola. "The coaches were all nice to me and the players would come up and talk to me. I enjoyed it a lot and I would love to go up there on my official visit."

While on his visit, Internicola had a chance to watch defensive line coach Erik Slaughter in action and take in meetings and practice early in camp. He says most teams have talked about using he and Moore on opposite sides of the ball, but his focus is the Buck position.

Internicola believes he could be a good fit with what Slaughter and his unit are trying to accomplish at WVU.

"I talked to Coach Slaughter and I was in their meeting and everything they're doing, I'm doing at ‘U' School, so I felt very comfortable with the position they want me at. They're running that new 3-4 [scheme] and I feel like I could fit in with the defense," he says.

As for what is attracting to schools to him, Internicola says the reasons are more based on his character than his abilities.

"I'm a good person, I don't take anything for granted, I work hard and I stay humble," he says.

He would rather talk about his teammate and friend, Moore, who Internicola says is a terrific overall talent with the aggressiveness and the will needed to fight for success.

The two do not consider themselves a package deal, but are hopeful that the opportunity could present itself and they could wind up at the same school. For now, they are still guaranteed one more year lining up together, and they intend to take advantage of it on the field.

Internicola says his goal is to win the state championship for University School, which fell to American Heritage in the playoffs last season.

At some during that final year of high school football, he and Moore will make their commitment to the team that offers them the best chance of success at the next level of the sport.

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