The West Virginia football team has had it’s troubles stopping the run over the past few seasons and this coaching staff appears ready to fix those troubles in 2017. JUCO DT Jalen Harvey committed to WVU Sunday after receiving an offer from the Mountaineers late last month.
Harvey, a 6’2 315 lbs. nose tackle from Northwest Mississippi Community College, originally committed to Syracuse as part of the 2014 class but left campus in December of the same year when he enrolled at JUCO. Before committing to Syracuse, Harvey had visited Boise State, South Alabama, and Western Kentucky before committing to Syracuse.
Harvey has the size that Tony Gibson wants in a nose tackle for his 3-3-5 scheme and will provide some much needed push that will allow the linebackers to make plays at or behind the line of scrimmage. After the Mountaineers offered, Harvey knew he wanted to be a Mountaineer. “The coaches are really cool and after discussing it over with my family, I knew it was the best place for me. Coach Wickline recruited me to WVU and wants me to play nose tackle for Tony Gibson.”
With Darrien Howard set to graduate after this season, there will be a big gap in the 3-3-5 defense and it appears that Harvey has the skill set and frame to fill that void. Harvey joins Darius Stills as defensive tackle commits in the 2017 class but I expect the coaching staff to add one more before signing day.
Harvey will join former NMCC running back Justin Crawford.
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