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Jose Perez to Serve as Player Host for Edwards, Grill Visits



Jose Perez
The WVU bench, including Jose Perez, celebrate a play against UAB Dec. 10. (WVSN photo by Kelsie LeRose)

Jose Perez will serve as the player host for the next two upcoming visits for West Virginia basketball, per source. Perez will host Syracuse transfer Jesse Edwards and Iowa State transfer Caleb Grill over the next week.

Edwards is set to visit this weekend, starting on Friday while Grill is scheduled for April 16-18.

Perez has taken initiative to help the coaching staff recruit the roster for the upcoming season. Perez hasn’t played a single minute for the Mountaineers after being denied to play last season by the NCAA for transferring multiple times. But Perez has been behind the last two transfer portal commitments with Omar Silverio (Manhattan) and Kerr Kriisa (Arizona).

Perez and Silverio have known each other since childhood. The two planned on playing together for their last season of college at Manhattan before the college fired head coach Steve Masiello with just days before the season started. Perez and Silverio are both looking forward to playing with each other again.

Perez also hosted Kriisa for his visit in late March. Kriisa committed to West Virginia just a few days after his trip to Morgantown. Perez has not attempted a shot for WVU yet but he’s for sure recording a 100 percent success rate hosting the transfers.

Edwards comes into town as one of the top transfer bigs in the country. The 6-foot-11 center has been contacted by numerous Power-5 schools since entering the transfer portal with Arkansas, Gonzaga and Memphis highlighting the list. Edwards averaged 14.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for Syracuse this past season. Edwards has one year of eligibility remaining.

Grill averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds on 39 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent shooting from three. The 6-foot-3 shooter is also taking a visit to Missouri right before WVU. Expect Grill to consider both Missouri and West Virginia in his final decision. Grill has one year of eligibility remaining as well.

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