MORGANTOWN - With national letter-of-intent signing day three weeks away, West Virginia University head football coach Bill Stewart and his rebuilt-on the offensive side-staff are going about the business of building the 2011 recruiting class,
A pair of 3-star athletes as well as one 2-star recruit are slated to make official visits to Morgantown this week, bringing the number of potential Mountaineers looking at making the Big East member their home for the next four or five years to 68.
Among the trio that will be on campus this week will be Hialeah Senior High School (Hialeah, Fla.) running back Jerron Seymour. As a junior, the 180-pounder ran for 1,439 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 12.3 yards per carry. The first team all-county running back selected by the Miami Herald also chipped in with 90 receiving yards.
In addition to WVU, Seymour also has received offers from Big East member Cincinnati as well as Kansas State, Toledo, Florida International and Tennessee and has shown interest in attending Marshall and Vanderbilt.
Both of the other two visitors are wide receivers-Davonte Allen from Glades Central High School (Belle Grade, Fla.) and Darius Patton of Poland Seminary High School in Poland, Ohio.
Allen, who runs the 40 in the 4.5 range, could wind up at safety or wideout at the next level. He has offers from both Mountain State universities and also has visited Tennessee.
The 6-foot, 1-inch pass-catcher also has shown interest in attending Iowa State, Rutgers and South Florida and has received offers from each.
Rated a 2-star pick by Scout.com, Patton's resume is an impressive one despite his 5-foot, 9-inch frame as he finished his junior season with 80 receptions for 980 yards and also picked off four passes on defense.
His list of offers includes Cincinnati and Michigan, who already have received official visits from the wideout, as well as Kansas, Michigan State, Toledo, Wisconsin and WVU.
Those, however, will not be the only receivers coming to Morgantown over the final two weeks of January.
Slated to be in Morgantown next weekend are 3-star wideouts Juwan Caesar of Miami Coral Park High School (Miami, Fla.) and Herve Coby of American Heritage High School in Delray Beach, Fla. Those visits will be followed up by one from 4-star recruit Donte Moncrief out of Raleigh High School (Raleigh, Miss.).
Caesar's list of offers includes Florida International, Michigan State, South Florida and UCF while Coby, who caught 23 passes for 492 yards and three touchdowns as a junior, sports offers from 11 other schools including Marshall as well as Big East rivals Cincinnati and South Florida.
Mitchell's resume is by far the most impressive of the trio, however, as the 6-foot, 3-inch pass-catcher was named to the WDAM all-area team, named second team all-state by the Clarion Ledger and was selected to play in both the Mississippi North/South game and the O/D All-American Bowl.
The 212-pounder, a cousin of newly-hired running backs coach Robert Gillespie, averaged more than 20 yards per catch as a junior and had five interceptions at safety.