WVU Football Adds Another Miami Transfer
By Kevin Kinder
For the second time this month, West Virginia has added a transfer from the University of Miami to its football program.
First, it was quarterback Jack Allison, who switched to WVU after redshirting during his freshman year in Coral Gables. Now, two weeks after it became public that he was leaving the Canes, tight end Jovani Haskins says he will head north to West Virginia.
In mid-June, Miami head coach Mark Richt said that the two had reached a mutual decision to part ways.
“I talked to Jovani and we both felt it was in his best interests to get a fresh start somewhere else,” Richt said in a prepared statement. “We wish him all the best in his future plans.”
Haskins was recruited aggressively by WVU last year before committing to Miami in January of 2016. He visited WVU and Virginia Tech as well as Miami before making his choice, and had offers from a number of Power Five schools, including Boston College, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pitt and Rutgers. Like Allison, he redshirted this past year at Miami.
Haskins was viewed as a Top 30 prospect at tight end coming out of Bergenfield High School, where he played quarterback.
Haskins adds yet another weapon to the quickly burgeoning tight end\H-Back position at West Virginia. The Mountaineers have commitments from Mike O’Laughlin and T.J. Ivy in the Class of 2018, and have expressed interest in making the position a bigger part of their offensive attack. None of the trio will be available to the Mountaineers this year, but in 2018 WVU will at least have an interesting group from which to choose as it integrates these multi-purpose players into offensive coordinator Jake Spavital’s vision of the offense.