Georgia Military College defensive end Kenderius Whitehead also officially visited West Virginia this past weekend, and he put the Mountaineers into his top two. They join Georgia Tech, where he will visit this weekend before announcing his decision. Area recruiter Tony Gibson was expected to see him Tuesday or today.
WVU coach Dana Holgorsen and wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway have been traveling buddies this week. On Sunday night, they stopped in to check on Dunbar (Md.) quarterback commit William Crest, and Tuesday they swung through Hillside, N.C., to meet with top running back target Donte Thomas-Williams.
Holgorsen will be a little closer to home on Thursday as he meets up with Gibson for in-home visits with Aliquippa (Pa.) superstars Dravon Henry and Jaleel Fields. Gibson has been by to see the teammates three times this month, coming through solo on Jan. 16 and with defensive coordinator Keith Patterson on Jan. 20. NCAA rules allow coaches to visit recruits once a week during the contact period, with weeks starting Sunday and ending Saturday.
West Virginia is looking to keep the good vibes in south Florida flowing for 2015. They already have commitments from Miami Northwestern wide receiver Jovon Durante, Miramar wide receiver Kahlil Lewis and Miramar safety Kendrell McFadden, but the coaches have been checking in on several other major targets in the area.
At quarterback, Flanagan's Ryan Stanley was visited by WVU last week, and the junior signal caller says the Mountaineers are one of his favorites. Right down the road, Palm Beach Gardens linebacker Tevon Coney received a visit and an offer from WVU. That offer was accompanied by offers from Miami, Ohio State and Florida, among others.
Speaking of 2015 recruits, this weekend is set be the Mountaineers' first Junior Day, an event held once or twice a year where top underclass recruits come to town, watch a basketball game at the Coliseum, get a tour of the facilities and campus and meet with members of the coaching staff.
Some big names are expected, including Westminster Christian (Fla.) athlete Jordan Cronkrite, four-star running back Larry Scott from Hubbard, Ohio, and Scott's teammate, offensive lineman Matt Jones, all of whom claim WVU offers. In all, more than two dozen prospects are expected, and the coaches will follow that with a second junior day on Feb. 22.
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