Tuesday, March 18, 2008

2008 Recruiting?

Signing day may have been on February 6th, but recruiting can still go on afterwards. Last year Noel Devine and Pat Lazaar both signed with WVU after national signing day. Of course Terrell Pryor still hasn't signed so he is the big name out in the national news. But WVU continues to add pieces to the latest recruiting class. Since signing day WVU received the paperwork to make Maryland running back Terence Kerns official, received a commitment from JC running back Zach Hulce, and last month received a verbal commitment from Madison, WV running back Jordan Roberts an invited walk-on that set the single-season rushing record formerly held by Josh Culbertson (who plans to transfer to WVU from the University of Charleston this season). An unexpected surprise came yesterday as Hargrave DB/RB D.J. Thomas pledged a commitment to WVU as well. Thomas is a three star DB who may end up on offense at WVU while Roberts was a two star running back. Additionally four star offensive guard/center Benji Kemoeatu is still a possibility. Benji signed his letter of intent on signing day, but his parents were on a church mission. They had to sign as well for the letter to be binding. Since they returned Benji slowed down a bit and has re-opened his commitment between WVU, Utah (where his brothers attended school), and Oregon State. The late signings must be in by next Tuesday.

Until all the recruits get here WVU is a little thin a running back. After Devine there is Jock Sanders who is splitting time at slot and Mike Poitier. Don't know Mike? Here you go:

Poitier is 5 feet 8 and weighs 165 pounds. He figures he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. His dad's name is -- seriously -- Sidney. He's a converted receiver who played running back at Class 5A St. Thomas Aquinas in high school. And he knows he's on the spot this spring.
Poitier earned the scout team player of the year three times (two on offense/one on special teams). Another player that earned scout team player of the year and later became a difference maker was Owen Schmitt.

Finally, good one Patrick. McAfee decided that his future as an NFL kicker would not be enhanced by playing soccer this season. Also blowing out a knee in said soccer could be viewed as detrimental to the same career. So Pat has given up soccer again.
Pro day was a real slap in the face,'' McAfee said. "If I get hurt right now, if a kid takes a whack at me in a game, my senior year of football is not the year to be missing because some idiot who plays for a soccer team wants to take me out.
Plus all the Aussies would then yell at you while you laid on the ground. Drinkin' cans.

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