"He told me their doors are still open to me and that I can come up and play for them," he said. "He said that I'm the pass rusher they are looking for and that it will be a second family being up there."
Shaw had already been talking to Seider, his area recruiter, for weeks, but says the absence of a head coach at Louisville cemented his intentions to visit Morgantown. He is planning that trip, as well as stops at Duke and Virginia before Feb. 5, National Signing Day.
Blair has been committed to Louisville since April, but plans to check out Purdue, West Virginia and Nebraska. He originally had a visit set for Morgantown on Jan. 17, but a last-minute offer from the Cornhuskers has those plans up in the air. The one aspect working in WVU's favor is that he is a former teammate of current Mountaineer safety Malik Greaves.
Although he has elected not to speak with the media since the news of Strong's departure, Northmont (Ohio) defensive end Terry Ramsey could be the name to watch most closely. The three-star prospect was down to Michigan State, Louisville and West Virginia, planning to visit the three schools in that order in successive weeks. Heading into the trips, WVU was his leader, but Strong convinced him to commit to the Cardinals before he ever made it to Morgantown.
That's why you saw the flips of Alford, Golson and Hyman late in the process last year. In the case of Hyman, he had been recruited by Mitchell for four years, dating back to high school. There was little doubt he would be following him to Morgantown.
Again, there are no changes expected on West Virginia's staff, but there will be plenty of movement elsewhere. Those moves will come to a head during the annual coaches' convention Jan. 13-15 ... which just so happens to coincide with the restart of the contact period. Then the real fun begins.
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