Monday, March 27, 2017

WVU Football Officially Announces Mid-Season Signees

Press release courtesy WVU Athletic Communication

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen has announced the signing of seven student-athletes to a national letter of intent and athletic grant-in-aid for the spring 2017 semester.

Hakeem Bailey, CB, 6-1, 190, Atlanta, Ga./Iowa Western CC

  • Played for coach Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western Community College
  • Team finished with a 6-6 record in 2016
  • Recorded 40 total tackles, including 27 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss in 2016
  • Also had a team-leading five interceptions and nine pass breakups
  • NJCAA All-Region 11 First Team (2016)
  • All-Iowa Community College Athletic Conference First Team (2016)
  • Redshirted as a freshman in 2015
  • Three-star recruit by Rivals
  • Also offered by Cincinnati
  • Originally signed with Marshall out of high school
  • Previously played for coach Tommy Macon at Pebblebrook High
  • Recorded four interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior (2014)
  • Also scored one touchdown on special teams and three touchdowns on offense

 

Jalen Harvey, DL, 6-2, 325, Birmingham, Ala./Northwest Mississippi CC

  • Played for coach Benjy Parker at Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Helped team to a 9-3 record in 2016 and an appearance in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl
  • Finished the season with 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one blocked kick in 12 games
  • Helped Northwest to its first junior college national championship since 1992 and an 11-1 record in 2015
  • Played in 12 games, recording 40 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and two blocked kicks
  • All-Mississippi Associations of Community & Junior Colleges Second Team (2016)
  • Three-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN
  • Originally signed with Syracuse out of high school and redshirted during the 2014 season
  • Played for coach Jerry Hood at Clay-Chalkville High, helping team to a 10-2 finish in 2013
  • Recorded 61 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a senior
  • As a junior, collected 32 total tackles and 3.5 sacks
  • Earned Class 6A All-State honors and was named to the 2013 All-Birmingham North/East Team
  • Earned selections to the 2013 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game and the Birmingham News All-Metro Team

 

Dominique Maiden, WR, 6-5, 210, Temecula, Calif./Riverside City College

  • Spent two seasons playing for coach Tom Craft at Riverside City College
  • Helped team to a 10-2 record in 2016 with a win in the Southern California Bowl
  • Finished the season with 36 receptions for 480 yards and eight touchdowns
  • Recorded two touchdown receptions against Victor Valley (9/3) and Long Beach (11/5)
  • Southern California Football Association All-Central League First Team (2016)
  • Finished the 2015 season with 35 receptions for 398 yards and six touchdowns
  • Three-star recruit by Scout
  • Previously played for coach Rick Mey at Temecula Valley High
  • Recorded 49 receptions for 777 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in 2014
  • Valley News All-Valley First Team (2014)
  • Two-time All-Southwestern League First Team (2013-14)

 

Quondarius Qualls, LB, 6-2, 225, Farmerville, La./Northwest Mississippi CC

  • Played for coach Benjy Parker at Northwest Mississippi Community College
  • Helped team to a 9-3 record in 2016 and an appearance in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl
  • Finished the season with 55 tackles, 9.5 sacks, one interception and three pass breakups while leading the team with 16.5 tackles for loss and 20 quarterback hurries
  • Helped Northwest to its first junior college national championship since 1992 and an 11-1 record in 2015
  • Played in 12 games, leading the team in tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (10), quarterback hurries (13) and ranking third in tackles (67)
  • All-Mississippi Associations of Community & Junior Colleges Second Team (2016)
  • Four-star recruit by Scout
  • Three-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN
  • No. 5 junior college outside linebacker according to 247sports
  • No. 6 junior college outside linebacker according to ESPN
  • No. 27 junior college player according to Scout
  • 2016 Super Sophomore by Sporting News
  • Played for head coach Joe Spatafora at Union Parish High
  • Helped the Farmers to an 11-2 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the Class 3A state playoffs in 2014
  • Collected 84 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks as a senior
  • Was part of the 2013 state championship team and was an all-state selection that season

 

Ezekiel Rose, DL, 6-3, 270, Clarksdale, Miss./East Mississippi CC

  • Played for coach Buddy Stephens at East Mississippi Community College
  • Helped team to a combined 19-2 record during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, a 2016 MACJC Championship and a win in the 2016 Mississippi Bowl
  • Finished sophomore (2016) season with 35 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 10 games
  • Played in eight games as a freshman (2015), making nine tackles with two pass breakups
  • Played for coach Henry Johnson at Clarksdale High
  • Made 51 tackles with 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and nine quarterback hurries as a senior
  • Collected 17 tackles and one sack as a junior

 

David Sills V, WR, 6-4, 210, Wilmington, Del./El Camino College

  • Returns to West Virginia after playing one season for coach Gifford Lindheim at El Camino College
  • Completed 127-of-237 passes for 1,636 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2016
  • Rushed for 258 yards on 96 carries with five touchdowns
  • Went 20-of-29 for 248 passing yards and four touchdowns against Bakersfield
  • Southern California Football Association All-Central League Second Team (2016)
  • Became a key member of the receiving corps in the second half of his freshman season at West Virginia in 2015
  • Finished with seven catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns in seven games
  • Caught the game-winning touchdown on a 15-yard reception with 2:19 remaining against Arizona State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl
  • Previously coached by Dwayne Thomas at Eastern Christian Academy
  • Played three games in 2014 before breaking his ankle and missing the remainder of the season
  • Completed 38-of-74 passes for 594 yards and seven touchdowns
  • Ran for 203 yards on 34 carries and six touchdowns
  • Maryland Consensus All-State (2013)
  • Maryland Private School All-State First Team (2013)
  • Completed 202-of-318 passes for 2,688 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2013
  • Also rushed for 672 yards and 15 touchdowns

 

Kelby Wickline, OL, 6-5, 280, Stillwater, Okla./Jones County JC

  • Played one season for coach Steve Buckley at Jones County Junior College, helping the team to a 6-3 record
  • Paved the way for the offense to average 238.6 yards per game on the ground, including 326 yards per game in the final three contests
  • NJCAA All-Region 23 First Team (2016)
  • All-Mississippi Associations of Community & Junior Colleges First Team (2016)
  • Three-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout
  • No. 8 junior college offensive tackle according to 247sports
  • Also offered by Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and TCU
  • Redshirted as a freshman at UT-San Antonio (2015)
  • Previously played for coach Tucker Barnard at Stillwater High
  • Allowed just one sack during his career
  • As a senior, Stillwater averaged almost 200 yards per game rushing, 5.4 yards per carry and more than 350 yards of total offense
  • Class 6A East All-Star (2014)
  • All-District 6A-1 (2014)
  • Father, Joe, is the offensive coordinator/tight ends-fullbacks coach at West Virginia

Featured photo courtesy Northwest Mississippi CC

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