"I was really impressed with the coaches," H.B. Plant High School's Donte Spires
said of his visit to West Virginia
. "They were very humble, and very honest with me. There wasn't any bull at all."
Spires, who recorded 133 tackles for Plant as a senior, was taking his first official visit, and it was also his first trip to West Virginia.
"Mortty Ivy was my host, and we got along great. He was really down to earth, and we had a good time," Spires recounted.
Ivy, who will also play outside linebacker for WVU, was an obvious choice to pair with Spires, who has a similar build and style as the Mountaineer freshman. He played this season at approximatley 220 pounds, and has plenty of speed to operate as an outside backer in college. West Virginia will likely take at least two more backers in this class.
Spires good performance isn't limited to making tackles. He is a two-time captain at Plant, and surprisingly lists his character as his greatest strength.
"I think my leadership ability is the thing that stands out most," said Spires, who responds to questions with 'yes sir' and no sir'. "I know how to keep my team up, and keep them in the game whether things are going well or not."
When pressed for an on-the-field quality that he excels in, Spires also came up with a different answer.
"I'm a good scraper," he said, describing the action a linebacker employs to avoid traffic to get to the ballcarrier. That ability is certainly one of the attributes a good backer has, and Spires' ability to get to the ball is obvious in his big tackle totals.
Spires, who will be playing in an all-star game this Saturday, also has South Carolina, Central Florida and South Florida on his list of schools. The South Caorlina coaching situation has caused an interruption in communication between Spires and the Gamecocks, but he hopes to hear from them soon. He will also set a visit with UCF.
Spires says he wants to visit more than one school on his list, as he des not wnat to base his entire decision on what he sees at one location. Still, after his first visit to West Viginia, he has a pecking order.
"Right now, it's West Virginia, South Carolina, and Central Florida," Spires said.
Spires is taking a prep class for the SAT and ACT, and is working hared toward reaching qualified status. He has test dates set for both the SAT and ACT, and believes that once he qualifies, offers will come from his favorite schools. West Virginia head coach Rich Rodriguez is scheduled for an in-home visit with Spires today, and while it's not certain, an offer could be forthcoming from WVU at that time.
The first of several linebackers expected to make an official visit to West Virginia had an "excellent trip".