After months of communicating with the West Virginia football staff over Zoom Calls, text messages and phone calls, 2022 offensive guard Landen Livingston got the chance to make his first visit to Morgantown over the weekend, and it didn’t disappoint.
The three-star lineman from Leo, Indiana was one of ten recruits that took their official visit to Neal Brown’s program. Along with West Virginia, Livingston holds offers from Arizona State, Ball State, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Michigan State, Minnesota, Purdue, Toledo and Tulane.
Livingston spoke to West Virginia Sports Now on Monday morning about his weekend with the Mountaineers program.
“I thought highly of West Virginia going into the visit. I’ve never been there so it was nice to finally get there to see the area,” said Livingston. “The visit went great, it was an unbelievable experience and the West Virginia coaching staff is just amazing. Everything that we did was really cool and I’m just really glad that I got a chance to go there and meet them because they’ll always been a high contender in my recruitment since they offered me.
“It was really relieving to finally get to see things with my own eyes instead of over the computer and the phone. … Seeing things in person is the real deal. The coaching staff really lived up to their word. I’ve done Zoom Calls with them previously and everything they told me was exactly what I saw. They told me the truth on what the program has to offer.”
Livingston had a tremendous weekend, but what particularly made it special?
“I’m going to be honest with you, it was the coaching staff that stood out,” said Livingston. “From the minute we arrived on campus, they were with us talking to us and helping us. They tells me that they really care for us and the future of the program. That really stood out to me and my family as we all commented on that when we left. Other things that stood out were the academics. I’m interested in going into a business school and they’re building a new business school right now. Also, it was fun to talk with the other recruits. Their were two players there that had previously committed to West Virginia so to be able to talk to them and get their thoughts on West Virginia was good as well.”
Was it hard for Livingston not to give an immediate commitment to West Virginia and did the thought cross his mind?
“It did because the visit was unbelievable but I really want to check out some of these other schools and make a clear decision because if I were to commit to West Virginia, I want to make sure it was the best decision to me,” he said. “That’s why I didn’t do it over the official visit weekend.”
This coming weekend, Livingston will make an official visit to Cincinnati followed by ones to Indiana and Iowa. Prior to West Virginia, he made one to Purdue.