Following a success weekend with official visitors on campus, Neal Brown and his staff hosted a Florida lineman for an unofficial visit on Monday.
2023 offensive tackle Wesley Shaw made the plane trip from Tampa, Florida to make his visit to the West Virginia campus and football facilities in Morgantown. Shaw holds offers from West Virginia, South Florida and East Carolina and that offer from West Virginia was the reason for him making the investment of making this visit.
“Honestly, it was the fact that they offered me a scholarship,” said Shaw. “I thought that, wow, they did something nice for me by offering me and I wanted to come up and see them. It’s a really big football school, they were my first offer and to me that’s a really big connection. From my earlier talks with them, the coaches have been really cool so I wanted to come up and check them out for myself. It seemed like a really fun thing to do, my dad was up for doing it, so we flew out there.”
Shaw spent the day on Monday checking out everything to do with West Virginia, which included seeing the football facilities, the football stadium, the campus and learning more about the academic programs that the university offers.
“The entire campus is just beautiful. The little section near High Street is awesome. I just love the area and the small town feel. The football facilities are unmatched, they’re incredible. I love the town, I love the facilities, it was just a really cool experience.”
“It was so relieving to be able to meet and talk with the coaches in person for the first time after just doing so over the phone previously,” said Shaw. “Coach Gasper and all the coaches were just so nice, so welcoming. Plus, getting to talk to the academic people at West Virginia and to see how seriously they take academics there, it was incredible.”
With this being his first experience there, I asked Shaw what was his most pleasant surprise of the visit.
“The thing that comes to mind immediately is. When you think about a big school like West Virginia, you don’t think about them being a Ivy League type education school. But when I was talking to them about them hiring this new academic staff. The way that they treat their academics really stands out to me. They push their students to do really well in school and that’s something that I like because I focus very heavy on my academics and so does my family.”
Shaw tells West Virginia Sports Now that prior to going to Morgantown, he and his father visited Liberty (did a private workout) and Virginia Tech. This coming weekend, he’ll be visiting East Carolina and later this month will make an unofficial visit to Duke.