Back in the recruiting landscape, former Florida State player Damon McDaniel recently came away from an unofficial visit to one of his leaders. The 6-foot-0, 205-pounder stopped through Morgantown over the weekend to check out the Mountaineers.
"It was a nice place to be," he said. "I liked the atmosphere, it was real different. I got along with the coaches really well and everything clicked."
McDaniel reunited with former high school coach and now West Virginia assistant Chris Beatty.
"I'm just at a loss for words," he said. "I felt comfortable around him. He's a coach that has coached me before and I have a lot of respect and trust with, that is key. He knows what I do and the type of person I am. I think it's a good situation for me. I saw where I fit in and where I'd end up."
Of course McDaniel also met with the new head coach.
"I talked to Coach Stewart," he said. "He was excited and a very genuine guy. He's a respectful person that cares about people on and off the field, that's a major thing for me too."
While on the visit to Morgantown, McDaniel attended a scrimmage.
"They were learning the new system and it looks like they need some help on offense," he said. "The offense struggled, but the defense stepped up."
Have the Mountaineers offered?
"They said they are trying to work something out. They haven't officially, but I think they are very interested."
Currently McDaniel claims the Mountaineers are one of two leaders.
"I'm still sorting through the recruiting process and have narrowed it down to Virginia Tech and West Virginia. I haven't heard much at all from Virginia Tech."
McDaniel is enrolled at community college in preparation to enroll at a college this fall.