The Mountaineers now have another transfer on their football squad, though this is of the walk-on variety.
Jackson Knipper is a native of Beavercreek, Ohio, who spent his first two collegiate seasons at Western Michigan. He’s now at WVU, where it’s expected he’ll sit out this coming season and then have two years of eligibility remaining.
A first-team Division I (large school) all-state linebacker at Beavercreek High School as a senior in 2016, Knipper worked originally as a defensive lineman for the Bronco and then moved to tight end in 2018 but never saw any game action. At 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, Knipper apparently is going to be a fullback at West Virginia.
Incoming freshman Nick Malone, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound offensive lineman, also now is officially listed on WVU’s roster. The Morgantown High product is going to walk-on to West Virginia. Malone had committed to Pitt last summer, but that opportunity eventually went away. Malone, who also played basketball for the Mohigans, had some FCS offers as well but decided to walk-on to his hometown program.
Receiver Graeson Malashevich of Huntington and punters Leighton Bechdel of Towson, Maryland, and Matt Daniel of Richmond Hill, Georgia, are the other true freshmen walk-ons who enrolled at WVU this summer.
Additional first-year walk-ons will join the team next month.