LAST WEEK, Da'Asian Richardson, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 285-pound defensive lineman from Orange Park (Fla.) High, committed to WVU's 2013 recruiting class. Richardson could be WVU's first four-star defensive line high school recruit in more than 10 years, but he said he'll still take all five of his official visits.
Included are trips to WVU, Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi State and Oklahoma. On Monday's Big 12 Conference coaches' teleconference, Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops said his staff doesn't consider a player to be committed if he plans to take more visits.
"We tell them that and say, 'If that's the case, then you're not committed to us and we don't accept that commitment and we'll keep recruiting guys at your position,'" Stoops said.
"In the end, you're kidding yourself if you think that's a commitment. Just envision you tell your wife you're going to get married in February, but until we do, I'm going to date these other three girls all through September, October and November until we get married. It doesn't work that way."
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TEXAS REMAINS arguably the most high-profile team in the Big 12, but the Longhorns lack the high-profile quarterback found at WVU, Oklahoma and Kansas State or even a respected sleeper like the ones at Texas Tech and TCU.
Coach Mack Brown named sophomore David Ash the starter last week over junior Case McCoy. Ash won three of his six starts last season. He finished with 1,039 yards, eight interceptions and four touchdowns, and was the MVP of the Holiday Bowl win against Cal.
McCoy, who is Longhorns royalty as Colt McCoy's younger brother, won three of his five starts. He passed for 1,034 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. All four picks came in the final game of the regular season.
"There are some people who don't know who their quarterback will be this weekend," Brown said. "I feel this is also a good spot for Case if he needs to come in. He can do a good job coming off the bench and helping the team win.
"Last year, we didn't have two guys who were capable. I think David had four snaps in the spring game and Case only had nine plays his whole freshman year. This year, I feel we're in a much better place."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.