Among others set to visit Morgantown for the Kansas State game are Marquion Lane, a three-star 6-2, 175-pound wideout from Deland, Fla.; Rayfield Dixon, a two- and three-star 6-3, 196-pound linebacker-safety from Loxahatchee, Fla.; and Paul James, a three-star 6-4, 245-pound defensive end from Miami.
Lane, from Trinity Christian Academy, also has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Boston College, Florida State, Miami, Michigan State and Nebraska, among others. Dixon, of Seminole Ridge High, also has offers from Minnesota, Purdue and Wake Forest. James, of Norland High, also has offers from Alabama, Illinois, Florida State, Miami, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Marshall.
And finally . . .
Some college hoops to whet your appetite for the upcoming season.
On Thursday, I worked on my preseason Associated Press basketball poll vote, as well as nominations for the five-man preseason All-America team.
The USA Today/ESPN poll has already been released with a top 5 of Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and John Beilein's Michigan. The AP poll will be released Oct. 26.
If interested, my top 5 is Louisville, North Carolina State, Indiana, Kansas and Michigan. (You can see the entire vote in the Gazette when the poll is released.) My All-America team votes went to Isaiah Canaan of Murray State, Cody Zeller of Indiana, Jeff Withey of Kansas, Doug McDermott of Creighton and Pierre Jackson of Baylor.
I also had a chance to touch base with WVU coach Bob Huggins, who was in Morgantown after returning from the Big 12 basketball media day. ("Deniz [Kilicli] was the star of the Big 12 media day," Huggins said with a chuckle. "They loved him out there.")
Huggins will unveil his entire team to the Mountain State tonight with the Gold-Blue Debut at Morgantown's Coliseum. It's a 7:30 p.m. free admission deal. There will be a 40-minute officiated game as well as much, well, hoopla.
The call to Huggins was placed, however, to ask about WVU's team health. The last time we spoke, the coach said a couple of his players were hampered with injury. Juwan Staten had minor knee surgery and Matt Humphrey had shoulder surgery.
"Staten is not full go yet," Huggins said on Thursday. "He's the only one, but he'll be able to do some things, like all the half-court stuff."
Curiosities to WVU fans have to include transfers Aaric Murray, Staten and Humphrey as well as the two freshmen, Terry Henderson and Eron Harris.
"The freshmen are playing really well," Huggins said. "They make shots. They're playing hard and with enthusiasm. I don't think they can guard a door with a shotgun, but they'll learn."
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.