Three-star athlete Ryheem Lockley is seeing his recruitment pick up. The Saluda (Va.) Middlesex prospect pulled his second offer recently and took a pair of trips.
"I went to West Virginia not too long ago and they gave me an offer," he said. "I really liked the campus and coaching staff there, it was amazing. Coach Roberts showed me around the campus and I really felt like the school was like my hometown. It's a small little town and I liked that they are the only thing in state. I feel like that could be a possible choice for me in the upcoming year.
"The thing about West Virginia was the coaching staff. They were straight up with me. They told me I'd be able to come there and play linebacker or safety. I like that they are honest with me about that, honesty is big with me."
In addition to the West Virginia visit, Lockley made a trip to Virginia.
"I also took a visit to Virginia again," he said. "Coach London really showed me the father side of him, how he is a father to his players. He just didn't talk about football, but how my life is going and how my grades are coming up. I feel like he really wants to get to know me before the football stuff. Most coaches are trying to get the best players to come there, but he seems like somebody that really wants to know their players before he gets them on the squad."
At this time, Virginia and West Virginia are the two offers in.
However, other schools are looking.
"I've seen that LSU, Georgia, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest and James Madison are interested," he said. "I'm pretty interested in Georgia and LSU. I'd really like to go somewhere and be known, make a big name for myself."
Trips are coming; particularly camps as a number of schools want to see more of Lockley.
"I'm going to go to of course Virginia Tech, West Virginia and I want to get to Maryland's camp, but I've got to check out the dates. I'm still playing AAU basketball, so I have to fit it around that too."
Finally, it sounds like Lockley is inching closer to a decision, is there a timetable on a choice?
"I'm probably going to wait until National Signing Day," he said. "I can say that West Virginia is probably one of my top three schools just because I feel like I could start there as a freshman and make myself better and the program better."