June 15, 2009
Four-star Brunetti ends his recruitment
Four-star quarterback Barry Brunetti knew that last weekend would go a long way towards helping him make his college decision. He had plans to visit two of his leaders in Penn State and West Virginia. However, due to inclement weather, Brunetti only was able to step foot in Morgantown.
As it turns out, that was all he needed to see as the dual-threat QB has committed.
"I went up there on that visit and it was great," Brunetti said. "The people there were wonderful people and everything about their coaching staff was great, especially Coach Mullen the offensive coordinator."
While the campus, the coaching staff and the general at-home feel of Morgantown played a major role in Brunetti's decision, West Virginia also happens to have a very favorable quarterback situation for the Memphis (Tenn.) University School standout. That situation is one of the reasons why Brunetti had no hesitation pulling the trigger despite several other schools hot on his trail.
"They're going to give me the chance to compete for the quarterback situation," he said. "It's a place where I can compete early and try to fight for the job right away. I was talking to my dad and saying that this is where I want to be and we just thought why wait. I love the people there and I love the coaches so why wait? I feel like it was the best place for me."
Penn State is unlucky to miss out on the opportunity to have Brunetti on campus but West Virginia certainly made the most of the good fortune.
"I wish I could've gone to Penn State but it was maybe a blessing in disguise," he said. "I had two days at West Virginia and couldn't find anything negative the whole time I was there.
"I'm excited. It feels good to get it over with. Now I can focus on my team and I can just stay in Memphis and get that burden off of my shoulders."
The commitment comes at a time when several schools were beginning to really warm up to Brunetti's abilities. Recent camps at Ole Miss and Tennessee sparked rumors of impending offers but according to Brunetti, he's all Mountaineer.
"Talking to my dad and my uncle we were saying that once we say one thing, we're solid," he said. "I have to stay true to my word. My coach was saying that a lot of schools will still come at me but I'm solid to West Virginia. That will probably be my only official visit."
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