As the United States celebrates and honors our veterans, both past and present, the Mountaineer coaching staff was able to secure 2 key commits for the 2016 class. The first came this morning when DB Sean Mahone announced that he had committed to WVU.
Mahone, 6’0 195 lbs. defensive back from Lakota West (OH) was scheduled to announce a while ago but decided to push back him announcement until he felt comfortable with his decision. Mahone was down to Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia before ultimately selecting WVU this morning.
Mahone will provide the WVU defense with much needed depth after this season that will see the Mountaineers lose a significant portion of their defensive backfield. Mahone is currently rated one of the top cornerbacks in the state of Ohio but it remains to be seen where he will fit in the WVU defense.
The second commit of the day went to defensive lineman Jeffery Pooler, who announced this afternoon his commitment to WVU after decommitting from Maryland early in the season.
Pooler, 6’4 275 lbs. defensive tackle from Dunbar High (OH) visited WVU while still committed to the University of Maryland but walked away impressed. “It was a great experience. The all around atmosphere during the game was awesome”, Pooler said after visiting for the game against Maryland. That visit out the Mountaineers atop his list.
Pooler will provide WVU with some much needed size in the middle of their 3-3-5 scheme along with a run stopping ability that has become a necessity in the Big 12 conference. With the departure of Kyle Rose after this season, the nose tackle position will be open potentially allowing Pooler to earn some playing time.
The WVU coaching staff has been under fire for their performance on the field the past month but they are winning the recruiting battles which will bode well for the Mountaineers in the future.
The verbal commitments of Pooler and Mahone give the Mountaineers 22 in the 2016 class. The entire class can be viewed below: