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WVU recruiting: Commitments put on opening show

By By Chris Anderson
For the Gazette

It’s game week for the Mountaineers, and the West Virginia coaching staff has turned its attention to the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Of course, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of things happening in the world of recruiting. In fact, several future Mountaineers began their own seasons this past weekend.

Quarterback David Sills began his senior year with a bang, throwing for over 200 yards, rushing for another 65 and accounted for seven touchdowns — four through the air, three on the ground — to lead Eastern Christian (Md.) to a thrilling 58-56 overtime win over Spartanburg (S.C.). Sills was also responsible for what turned out to be the game-winning 2-point conversion. Sills and Eastern Christian head to Euless, Texas this week to take on Trinity High School.

Down in the Florida, new teammates (and WVU commitments) Jovon Durante and Kahlil Lewis both scored to help Miramar defeat Hallandale 30-7. Durante, who just transferred to Miramar, got things started for the Patriots, returning a first half punt 52 yards for a score. In the second half, Lewis added a 7-yard touchdown reception to help put the game out of reach.

n The WVU coaching staff may be paying close attention to Alabama preparations, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t time to host a big-time recruit this past weekend. Four-star athlete Robbie Robinson out of Phoebus, Va., made his way to Morgantown Saturday, took in the mock scrimmage and came away impressed, already planning another visit to WVU.

“Everything was great,” said the 5-foot-10, 160-pounder. “It’s a great staff. I met Coach [Brian] Mitchell, [Tony] Gibson and [Dana] Holgorsen. I love them all. They’re real laid back.”

Robinson says he’s working out plans to be in town for either “the Oklahoma or Baylor game more than likely.”

n Recruiting will really kick back into another gear next week, as the contact period starts back up on Monday, when coaches will be allowed to reach out to prospects in the 2015 and 2016 classes, the first time college coaches are permitted by the NCAA to initiate contact with rising juniors (2016).

Look for many of the Mountaineers’ top prospects to receive phone calls, letters, and possibly even offers in the first few frenzied days of the contact period.

Chris Anderson is a full-time writer for

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