West Virginia added further depth under center with the addition of Orange (Va.) Orange County dual-threat quarterback Bradley Starks. The 6-foot-4, 180-pounder committed to the Mountaineers on Tuesday over offers from Tennessee, Marshall, Temple and Iowa State.
"I went up to Morgantown on an unofficial visit and met with coach Stewart and Rodriguez and told them my decision," he said. "They were both very happy about my commitment, shook my hand and gave me a hug. Then they told me I was the top quarterback on their chart."
What made Starks select the Mountaineers?
"I think the overall program is great and the coaches and players really showed me a lot of love there," he said. "I particularly identified with Bill Stewart and Rich Rodriguez. I like that they were really upfront with me and didn't tell me what I wanted to hear. What I heard from them is what I got and I respect and I liked to hear that from them.
"I also love the football facilities there and then Morgantown is a real nice place. Where I'm coming from in Orange isn't that big of a place and the area and campus in Morgantown seems like a real nice fit. It's very doable for me and the people in the community seemed great too."
The Commonwealth prospect is relieved to have the decision behind him.
"I knew in my heart West Virginia was where I wanted to go and it was time to get it done," he said. "I am very happy about my commitment and I feel like a great weight is off my shoulders.
"Now I don't have to worry about which school I'll be attending and instead I can focus on my grades and next season. I really am looking to mold myself into a greater leader to be a better player once I get to West Virginia."
West Virginia already recruited one quarterback this recruiting season in local star, Charlie Russell. Did that come into play with Starks decision at all?
"I didn't really affect me one way or the other," he said. "I decided to go where my heart felt I should go. Wherever you go as a player you'll have to compete."
Starks had one final comment to say to the Mountaineer faithful.
"Just tell them I'll be there in 2007 and can't wait, Go Mountaineers!"