CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Levi Cook carries about 300 pounds on his 6-foot-10 frame - he acknowledges he needs to shed a little "baby fat" - and when he has the chance, he throws his weight behind recruiting pitches to his Huntington Prep teammates.
Cook, a Class of 2015 verbal pledge to the West Virginia University men's basketball program, is but one cog on a roster stuffed with coveted collegiate prospects. Those players were on display Wednesday when Huntington Prep routed the North Carolina-based Riverside Christian Academy, 79-40, in front of a sparse daytime crowd at the Charleston Civic Center. It was Huntington Prep's first-ever visit to the Civic Center, and those who didn't attend the early game of the Shootout at the Big House missed an opportunity to see one future Mountaineer ... and perhaps more.
Cook, who gave WVU coach Bob Huggins his word in September 2012, wouldn't mind seeing his Prep teammates in the old gold and blue.
"I'd love for them to come to West Virginia," Cook said. "We obviously play well together."
One Class of 2014 prospect, JaQuan Lyle, visited the Mountaineers unofficially on a couple of occasions, but is set to visit Big 12 school Oklahoma State this Friday and will piggyback that trip with a visit to Big 12 kingpin Kansas. He made an official visit to Oregon, which is coached by former Marshall coach Dana Altman.
Lyle is also considering Memphis, but WVU is no longer an option.
Another highly sought after prospect, Montaque Gill-Ceasar, is the wild card for West Virginia and any other major college program in search of a late impact addition. The Canadian-born standout is rated a five-star prospect in the Class of 2015, but the 6-5 wing player is considering an option to reclassify in the Class of 2014. That would make him one of the top prospects available.
The line of suitors would probably wrap around the Civic Center.
"Canada has 13 grades," Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford explained. "He is a senior here but in Canada he would be a junior."