Posted by Bryan Fischer
Illinois' firing of Ron Zook cost the school at least one recruit and Dana Holgorsen had no problem taking advantage. Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) running back Roshard Burney came down to the two schools but committed to West Virginia on Monday.
“It’s been on my mind since I got back,” Burney told the Palm Beach Post. “Ever since I came back from that visit, I’ve loved West Virginia. It was a great atmosphere and I feel good about the coaching. They want what’s best for me.”
The 6-foot, 205-pound running back also held scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Purdue, Rutgers and others but it appeared to be a two-horse race the entire time for his pledge. As Burney was in the process of setting up an official visit to see the Illinois, Zook was let go by the school and that made the decision to commit to West Virginia an easy one.
“The whole Coach Zook thing threw me off,” Burney said. “I just talked to him last week. He was trying to set up my visit, and the next day, he was gone.”
Burney is the seventh player from the state of Florida and gives the Mountaineers 21 commitments for the class of 2012. He is the only primary running back in the group and has 1,966 yards and 19 touchdowns on the season.