Mountaineers Add Juco Commitment

The Mountaineer football team added a verbal commitment from a highly productive junior college prospect.

Charlie Benton, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound linebacker from Butler (Kansas) Community College, announced on Twitter Sunday afternoon that he was committing to WVU. Benton also had offers from Iowa State, Eastern Michigan and Bowling Green.

A native of Opelika, Ala., Benton has 43 tackles for Butler (3-2) this season. In addition, he’s recorded one sack, one interception, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and seven tackles for loss of 16 yards.

Though he plays mainly linebacker for the Grizzlies, his skill set also could adapt quite easily to the spur safety position in WVU’s 3-3-5 defensive alignment. The Mountaineers’ top two spurs, Kyzir White and Marvin Gross, are both seniors, meaning there will be playing opportunities at that position next year.

Benton is the first junior college player who has committed to WVU for the class of 2018. The Mountaineers do have 16 verbals from high school prospects. Those players can ink National Letters of Intent during the NCAA’s new early signing period, which runs from Dec. 20-22.