The summer recruiting process ongoing this weekend at WVU as 7-on-7 camps are taking place in Morgantown. WVU safeties coach Tony Gibson says they’re expecting 24-28 teams in all throughout the weekend.

“We’ve had a great reception from kids all over the tri-state area — Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia and Maryland. It’s been really good,” Gibson said. “We’ve had a lot of great kids in camp the last couple of weeks and are just trying to finish it up this week.”

The camps give the coaching staff a better feel for a potential recruit’s competitiveness and overall talent.

“It’s one of the biggest things of our program,” Gibson said. “These camps are kind of our lifelines. We get a lot of kids through here on a short time.

“There will be some potential guys in the 2015 class that will be here that we will be checking out and keep a close eye on,” he continued. “Sometimes you even find a freshman or a sophomore that you really like that can kind of go under the radar.”

Along with recruiting, Gibson already is trying to get a breakdown on WVU’s future opponents this upcoming season, including the Big 12 opener at Oklahoma.

“We’re doing summer scouting reports right now and the last two days I’ve been doing all Oklahoma because we play them in the second game of the year,” he said.

Like West Virginia, the Sooners will be working in a new quarterback — 6-foot-6, 263 pound Blake Bell the likely favorite to win that job for Oklahoma when the season comes around.

Kin Man Hui, San Antonio Express-News

Oklahoma quarterback Black Bell is the likely favorite to start for the Sooners in 2013.

“They played him on certain situations last year and we got to see him throw it and run a little bit,” Gibson said. “He’s a big kid and very athletic. Obviously they have two of their wideouts back that are explosive kids. We’ll have our work cut out for us. We get to play them early on – I don’t know if that’s to their advantage or ours. But I think with both teams having new quarterbacks and a lot of new coaches, that will be a good game.”

You can watch the complete interview with Gibson above.

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  • msaunders

    WVU will beat Oklahoma lets remember the sooners lost a lot of talent the same as we did last year. Its bad the rest of the country doesn't give WVU a chance or any respect and reading the board its own fans don't either. WVU31 Oklahoma 27,

  • Phil M.

    I love it when everybody picks us to be no good in comparison to last year when we were suppose to set the world on fire.


  • Justin

    it will be 52-10 Sooners if our DB's play like they did last year. ill wait and see if they've actually improved before making any score predictions

  • Hailey

    Brian, finally an intelligent post on this topic, the issue is not OU (because we will win) it is what the heck is up with this pathetic recruiting so far. Even programs as lowly as Marshall and TennTech have more commits , hopefully they have a plan in Motown because they sure have not tipped their hand yet and I'm concerned

  • Big Bigguns

    Oklahoma will be favored by everyone. WVU will have to face a raucous crowd and a fired up home team.

    WVU wins 34-24.

  • Randall

    I think it is so funny when a team has one bad year and all the other successful years seem to just vanish away. WVU will be back and I think
    we surprise some teams. I like the fact that nobody knows what we have or who the players are this year. The opponents don't know what or whom to prepare for. This makes it very fun and exciting. LETS GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!
    Remember the Fiesta Bowl? WVU can play

  • jfk

    our D shines and we win 24-17,,,,,,,,,,aaaaa,,,,,not really OU 35- 17

  • Brian

    First; I hope somebody in Motown is actually recruting!!!!! The knee-pad homer's can drop every excuse, "chill-out", chicken-little jab all they want at folks like me that are getting HIGHLY concerned at this point- but by most services WVU is ranked about 70th right now.
    Fact is...... kids all over the country are committing earlier and earlier and what used to feel safe (a 6-7 month cushion 5 to 10 years ago) might as well be days in todays recruting wars. I don't care IF it is suppossed to be a small class, or if "east coast" kids committ later argument applies or the "we are being selective" crowd wants to act like everything is fine. We are LAST in the B12, and nearly last of all BCS schools total.
    Tell me everything is just peachy in November when we are around 7 or 8 kids that even are rated at all and I'll show you some deck furnature on the Titanic for rent.

  • Bulya

    I doubt WVU wins but I really doubt OU rolls over the Eers.

    OU 31
    WVU 24

  • Matt

    WVU 38 OU 21, the offensive wizard that is Dana Holgerson can't be stopped consistently, defensive average to good. Good win to start conference play.

  • Greg

    The tri-state area? WV, PA, OH, MD, and Va? I hope he recruits better than counts :)

    • Darrell

      Depends what border you on when you say it

      • DonaldH

        Yes it does,, so he should of written Tri-state areaS

        • jake_d

          And you have written "should have" not "should of."

  • WVU07

    WVU 28-24

  • Maxxajay

    I'm going to stick with my guns I say WVU win six conference games the Oklahoma game could be a toss up but I say they will have a record of nine and three by the end of the regular season.....

  • Shawn

    41 - 38 WVU wins in overtime.

  • The Wisetalker

    Dana Holgorsen and the WVU Mountaineers have something to prove in 2013, that they can win without an experienced quarterback and the nation’s absolute worst defense. Inexperience at the QB position will, without question, cost the WVU in the win column.

    Obviously, the quarterback is the most important position on the field so the Mountaineers biggest concern heading into this season is finding one. Even though the young Mountaineer QB’s appear to have what it takes, it doesn’t mean it is going to equal a consistent, productive performance.

    Offensive line inexperience & depth continues a nagging issue, and the quarterback situation is potentially frightening. And then there is that Big 12 schedule. To call it brutal would be an understatement…

    At some point in the season the Mountaineers will get tired of getting kicked around and then raise their level of play up a notch or two. But it won’t be in their Big 12 opener against Oklahoma.

    Oklahoma wins 52-10.