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Crouser Returns Home To Become Mountaineer


Originally from Charleston, WV Dustin Crouser felt he did everything he could to get an offer from WVU, including attended camps in which he performed very well. Unfortunately it was not in the cards for Crouser who eventually signed with the University of Charlotte on national signing day in 2013.

After redshirting his freshman year the 6’2 220 lb linebacker was the second leading tackler for the 49ers accumulating 43 solo tackles and 38 assisted tackles in 11 games last season including 2 separate games in which he totaled 15 tackles. Crouser also had 2 interceptions last season. Despite the success in his first season on the field something was just not sitting right with Dustin. “I wasn’t really happy being that far away from home in Charlotte”, Crouser said of his decision to leave the 49ers program.

While that decision was hard for him, the decision of where to go next was not, “I always wanted to be a Mountaineer since I was a kid, so I thought I should come back and see what I can do with the chance I’ve been given”, Dustin said of becoming a Mountaineer.

Even the fact that NCAA transfer rules will require Crouser to sit out the 2015 season he has every intention of taking advantage of this situation, “I have to sit out next season (but would like) to play a little scout team”. Crouser will be a walk-on to the Mountaineer program this season.

Dustin had offers from Charlotte and Wake Forest coming out of George Washington High School in 2013 where he was a two-time 1st team all-state linebacker. Expect Crouser to take advantage of being part of the WVU program and to potentially become a force in the Mountaineer defensive secondary in 2016.

Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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