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Florida State QB commit sets date for official visit to West Virginia

We’re less than a month away from National Signing Day, and things are starting to pick up for West Virginia football recruiting.

James Blackman Chris Anderson, 247Sports

Current Florida State quarterback commit James Blackman has scheduled his official visit to West Virginia for January 20th, according to Ryan Bartow of 247Sports.

Blackman has held an offer from West Virginia since June 2016 but chose to give his verbal commitment to the Seminoles in August, just weeks after they offered. Things have seemed to be turning in the Mountaineers’ favor with Blackman in the recent weeks, with early playing time rumored to be a major selling point for West Virginia.

All ten of West Virginia’s early enrollees are on campus in Morgantown, and will be able to practice with the team this coming Spring. Included in this group is South Charleston’s Derrek Pitts, New Orleans running back Tevin Bush, Morgantown native Maverick Wolfley and the seven JUCO signings West Virginia announced in December.

The Mountaineers picked up their first commitment of the 2018 signing class this past weekend when James Gmiter, a defensive lineman from Bethel Park, PA gave his pledge to the West Virginia coaching staff. Gmiter also holds an offer from Wisconsin, but says West Virginia stood out the most after they were the first to offer a scholarship.

St. Vincent-St. Mary’s (OH) defensive back DeAmonte King, who had been committed to the Mountaineers since June 2016, tweeted yesterday that he has decommitted from West Virginia and will be reopening his recruitment.