Roscoe Burton originally had interest in West Virginia, but thought that the Mountaineers were no longer an option for him.
As things have a tendency to do in recruiting at times, that has changed and the two sides are once again in communication.
The Class of 2021 three-star running back from Miami, Florida told WV Sports Now that he received a call on Thursday from West Virginia assistant Travis Trickett to let him know that they were re-offering him a scholarship.
“I got a call [Thursday] from Coach Trickett, who told me that I was being re-offered by West Virginia,” said Burton. “My relationship with the West Virginia coaches had fallen off. We really weren’t communicating for like two months. I guess they were expecting to get a commitment from another running back and were only going to take two backs in this recruiting class.
“Previously, they were telling me that they didn’t have any more running back spots left for 2021 but when they found out they weren’t getting this other back, they called me and said the scholarship was once again available and that they’re interested in me.”
With that news, Burton (5-foot-9, 185 pounds) now has a couple of more options to think about and the Mountaineers are a school that he plans to consider. Burton said he received a similar phone call from Greg Schiano at Rutgers and has also been offered a scholarship by schools such as Boston College, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Kansas, Maryland, Purdue, South Florida, TCU, Utah State and Wake Forest.
“I definitely have interest in [WVU],” Burton said. “As far as our talk today, we were just catching up and talking about how we both want to try and build our relationship stronger. I’m OK with starting to talk with them again, but it’s important that I really want and make the right decision. I want and need to be able to find the school that’s real for me.
“The thing that drew me to West Virginia before was how tight the coaching staff was and how everyone on the team. It’s like a real family there. Also, the running back room there is kind of light and I believe that I’d have a shot to play and make a real impact as a true freshman.”
Burton told WV Sports Now that he plans on doing a virtual tour with the West Virginia coaches and if the recruiting restrictions are lifted, plans on taking an official visit to Morgantown this fall.