MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's football program puts the final touch on its busy summer of recruiting with Saturday's team camp, the last event before the Mountaineers start practice next Friday.
WVU accepted nine pledges during June and July - all but four of their current total for the 2012 recruiting class. If all goes well, more will agree to join following perhaps the most-anticipated gathering of the camp calendar.
WVU will play host to prospective student-athletes from Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas and Texas, where the program has become increasingly involved with Coach Dana Holgorsen and his assistant coaches and their contacts.
The Mountaineers had one player enroll in January and one in June after the coaching staff was reorganized, but thus far have only one player in the possible 2012 class.
"From what I've seen, the Texas kids fall into one of two camps: They commit very early or very late," said WVU assistant Daron Roberts, who recruits Dallas and east Texas. "It's important for us to make inroads early on and start to develop a relationship with the players an the coaches there."
High on the list of Texas targets in town for the camp are Wylie High teammates Noble Nwachukwu and Azuka Akozar, who by the end of the weekend could join Kincaid quarterback Ford Childress on the 2012 WVU commitment list.
Both players are defensive linemen. All of WVU's Texas recruits have been offensive players, with quarterback Paul Millard coming in the winter and running back Dustin Garrison enrolling last month.
Nwachukwu is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound end who can play outside linebacker while Azocar is a 6-1, 250-pound defensive tackle. Their parents are from Nigeria.
"They're both great kids and they're both pretty new to football," said their recruiting coach, Tony Mills, who is Wylie's secondary coach. "They're both smart and they both have their heads on straight. They're from great families and have great character. They work hard. You can say a whole lot of good things about both of them."
Neither is a veteran. Nwachukwu, 16, played basketball previously and his junior year with the football team was his first in the sport since eighth grade, thought he was second-team all-district. This summer is his first with the offseason conditioning program at Wylie, a Class 4A Division I school that was a semifinalist last season.
Mills said Nwachukwu has flourished and was timed at 4.63 seconds Tuesday in a 40-yard dash and has squatted 565 pounds and benched 315.