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April 9, 2014

Weekend brings visits

The West Virginia football team will conclude spring practice this Saturday with the annual Gold-Blue game inside Milan Puskar Stadium and a number of talented prospects will be in attendance to observe the festivities.

Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola linebacker Riley Nicholson is one of the prospects that will be making the furthest trip Saturday and was offered by the Mountaineers around two weeks ago.

Nicholson is being recruited by West Virginia safeties coach Joe DeForest and is very interested in the program for a number of reasons including the fact that his head coach is a fan of the Mountaineers.

At 5-foot-11, 228-pounds, the Rivals.com three-star has collected offers from Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Minnesota, among others, and will be making his first trip to West Virginia after first stopping at Kentucky earlier in the week.

Another uncommitted prospect that plans to be on campus is Johnstown (Pa.) cornerback Kareem Gibson and unlike Nicholson, this weekend won't be his first time on campus after visiting for the junior day at the beginning of February.

Gibson also holds offers from Pittsburgh, Temple and Toledo and while the 5-foot-10, 161-pounder plans on taking his time with his recruitment getting him back on campus isn't a bad sign for the Mountaineers.

A number of other recruits have indicated that they plan to be in attendance as well, including several top prospects with scholarship offers from the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers also will play host to a number of the current 2015 commitments with Hubbard (Oh.) offensive lineman Matt Jones, Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin twins Jordan and Jacquez Adams, Durham (N.C.) Southern Durham athlete William Cameron and Morgantown (W.Va.) defensive end Stone Wolfley all expected to be in attendance.

Along with current commitments, over half a dozen of the class of 2014 signees also will be in town for the spring game before they arrive this summer.

But the visitors don't just stop with the football side, Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers basketball program will play host to Independence C.C. (Kan.) point guard Tarik Phillip on an official visit. Phillip, 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, is originally from Brooklyn, N.Y. and signed with South Carolina out of high school before heading to the junior college ranks.

Phillip, who will have three years to play three, averaged 18 points per game this past season and is a tenacious defender. The junior college prospect picked up an offer from the Mountaineers at the end of March and currently lists the Big 12 program as his favorite.

For a complete list of the football prospects expected to be in town visit the premium forum the Blue Lot by clicking here.

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