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Mountaineer Morning Links: Monday (5/18/15) Edition

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Big 12 baseball tournament set, football notes, lots of recruiting updates, WVUPros news, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

WVU's Carey Excited for Challenge in 2015 - WVillustrated
Women's basketball team set for a complete makeover from last season's roster, head coach preaches patience with a young squad.

Freshmen Lead Track at Big 12 Championship - WVU Athletics
Four Mountaineer freshmen earned spots on the podium and posted top-five finishes on Sunday.

News of Note:

Baseball

Bracket Set for Big 12 Baseball Championship - WVU Athletics
Game 4: No. 7 West Virginia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma State (FCS) - 8:30 p.m.

WVU Draws Oklahoma State in Big 12 Tournament - WVillustrated
Mountaineers finish No. 7 in the conference standings, set to meet No. 2 Cowboys in first round action Wednesday in Tulsa, Okla.

WVU confident despite season-ending loss - Times West Virginian
Randy Mazey tries to avoid putting his team into pressure situations, joking that "any time we mention the word ‘pressure’ in practice or in this program, we say, ‘That’s how you describe the air in the tires.’"

Football

Ka’Raun White enrolls at WVU with immediate opportunity, expectations - Charleston Daily Mail
"I think Ka’Raun’s story is crazier than Kevin’s," said Kyzir White, the youngest of the three brothers.

Most overrated, underrated college football team? More #DearAndy - SI.com (autoplay)
• Why has the Big 12 fallen behind the other Power Five conferences? Is there actually a gap?

Basketball

Power Rankings: North Carolina edges Kentucky, Kansas in off-season - SI.com
27. West Virginia

Recruiting:

Staff, Style Keys For West - BGN
In most recruiting stories, it's rapport with the coaching staff or players or the program's profile that loom large in the final decision-making process for a student-athlete. While those factors were present in Lamont West's decision to attend West Virginia, another reason stood out.

Nazayah Brown Has a Dream School - BGN
A handful of student-athletes on Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola's roster have been rewarded with Division I scholarship offers, including Nazayah Brown, a senior-to-be running back who recently captured his opportunity from Georgia State.

WVU Offers, Makes Big Impression on Florida Receiver - EerSports
This future star wideout talks about his new West Virginia offer and early top two.

Ohio DB Has Top Three, Decision Date - EerSports
"Right now, my top schools in consideration are Indiana, Illinois and WVU," he said.

Maryland & Rutgers battling for DeMatha OT - EerSports
"He’s really picking up steam," Brooks said. "Right now I think it’s three to four guys in the mix with Maryland and Rutgers leading the way. Close behind those guys would be West Virginia and maybe Boston College."

Miller Names Top Schools - EerSports
Gateway (FL) athlete Henry Miller took to Twitter Friday night to name his top ten schools "in no particular order" - Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Louisville, West Virginia, Wisconsin, N.C. State, Rutgers, Mississippi State, Kentucky and Oregon State.

Offers Roll In for Adams - Scout
Fredericksburg (Va.) Riverbend offensive lineman Zach Adams' recruitment is picking up steam. During the spring evaluation period, Adams saw his offer list jump from three to nearly a dozen. Scout caught up with Adams to discuss the latest in his recruitment.

Glover makes switch, will walk on at WVU - Martinsburg Journal
Prep school seemed like the perfect place for Deonte Glover to spend a year because he’s about a year-and-a-half younger than some of his senior classmates at Musselman.

Pro News:

Kevin White and Mario Alford among NFL's projected top rookies in 2015 - College To Pro Sports
With rookie mini-camps behind and OTA's ahead of us, we have a better picture of how first-year players could be used.

Pete Carroll claims Bruce Irvin's Atlanta comments were misconstrued - CBSSports.com
Carroll doesn't think Bruce Irvin meant what everyone thinks he meant.

New York Giants’ J.T. Thomas Has Lofty Goals for 2015: Wants to Lead NFL in Takeaways - Sports Media 101
New York Giants linebacker JT Thomas has set some pretty lofty goals for himself ahead of the 2015 NFL season. He's not just aiming to start for Big Blue, but expects to lead the league in takeaways.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor Regents Approve $1.1 Million Strength and Performance Center - Our Daily Bears

Defining success for Iowa State in 2015 - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

Kansas Jayhawks can go young at QB with Carter Stanley - Big 12 Blog - ESPN

K-State basketball to play Colorado State in Wichita - Topeka Capital Journal

Oklahoma Sooners 2015 Preview and Prediction - AthlonSports.com

Why OSU baseball is still in play to host a Super Regional - Oklahoman

2015 Spring Football Review: Texas - Big 12 Conference

2015 Spring Football Review: TCU - Big 12 Conference

Red Raiders close regular season with win over WVU - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

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