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Recruits Flock to Morgantown for Top 15 Contest


Not only will this weekend bring a huge game featuring top 15 teams to Mountaineer Field, it will also signal the most important recruiting weekend of the season to this point for WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff.

The Mountaineer football staff is expecting six official visitors in Morgantown, and arguably the headliner of the group is the one player already committed to the ‘Eers.

De'Asian Richardson (Jacksonville, Fla. / First Coast) will be making his first ever visit to campus, even though he committed in mid-August to lead recruiter Joe DeForest.  The former Florida State verbal and four-star prospect has transferred this season to First Coast High School after competing for Orange Park last year.

Richardson will be joined by four other Floridians making their official visit this weekend, and one who may be close to pulling the trigger in WVU's favor is buck linebacker prospect Paul James (Miami, Fla. / Miami Norland).  The 6'4" 245-pound athlete has collected offers throughout the process from schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee and Texas A&M, among others.

Two other prospects on the defensive side of the ball checking out Morgantown this weekend include linebacker Rayfield Dixon (Loxahatchee, Fla. / Seminole Ridge) and cornerback Lamar Robbins (Miami, Fla / Southridge).  Dixon checks in at 6'3" 200-pounds and has narrowed his list of finalists to Minnesota, Purdue, Wake Forest and WVU.  Robbins, meanwhile, remains open in the recruiting process.  The 6'3" defensive back recently tripped to Purdue for a visit, and along with the Mountaineers and Boilermakers, he is considering scholarship offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Virginia.

An offensive prospect expected in town that Mountaineer fans may have gotten a glance at last night on ESPN2 is running back JoJo Kemp (Deland, Fla. / Deland).  Kemp's team faced off against Sandalwood and he stole the show, totaling over 200 yards and adding a pair of touchdowns on the ground, including a long 70-yarder in the first half in which he flashed his blazing speed down the sidelines.  He is currently committed to South Florida but has remained in contact with multiple schools throughout his recruitment.  The Mountaineers and Bulls appear to be in his top group along with Nebraska after he visited Lincoln on the last weekend of September.  All three schools have offered.

One player scheduled to visit who has seen his stock soar recently is Canadian offensive tackle David Knevel (Brantford, Ontario / Pauline Johnson Collegiate).  In addition to the Mountaineers, the mammoth 6'8" 290-pound lineman has collected offers from Baylor, Missouri, Nebraska, Purdue, Washington State and Wisconsin.


There will also be tons of unofficial visitors on tap when WVU kicks off against Kansas State on Saturday night, including current commitments Chavas Rawlins (Monessen, Pa. / Monessen), Daikiel Shorts (Elkton, Md. / Eastern Christian Academy) and Tyler Tezeno (Houston, Texas / Klein Collins).  Hodari Christian (McKeesport, Pa. / McKeesport) may also make the trip.

A pair of junior quarterbacks who are possibilities to attend the top 15 matchup include Wilton Speight (Richmond, Va. / The Collegiate School) and William Crest (Baltimore, Md. / Dunbar).  Speight is a big 6'6" signal-caller who impressed this summer while attending a camp at Mountaineer Field.  Crest has made multiple visits to campus and considers Geno Smith his favorite quarterback to emulate.  He appears to be at the top of the QB recruiting board for Holgorsen and his staff in the 2014 class and currently claims offers from Maryland, Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and WVU.

Dareian Watkins (Galion, Ohio / Galion) is another likely visitor.  The junior athlete checks in at 6'2" 195-pounds and is being recruited to play wide receiver by the Mountaineers.  Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Northwestern, Ohio and Toledo have offered to this point.

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