Another Walk-On Commits To WVU
The stream of walk-ons committing to West Virginia’s football program continued with the recent announcement by Derek Ambrosino that he plans on joining the Mountaineers for the 2020 season.
A 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive end and tight end, Ambrosino played at Wyoming Area High School in Exeter, Pennsylvania, which is in the northeast corner of the Keystone State between Wilkes-Barre and Scranton.
He is the fifth high senior to accept a preferred walk-on offer from WVU in the last couple of weeks and the eighth overall who has publicly accepted that opportunity.
C O M M I T T E D❗️💙💛 pic.twitter.com/AevXpykadY
— Derek Ambrosino (@DerekAmbrosino) January 29, 2020
“I’d like to thank everyone, especially my coaches and family who has helped mold me into the person and player I am today,” Ambrosino tweeted. “With that being said, I am so blessed and excited that I’ll be continuing my education and football career at West Virginia University. #TrustTheClimb #HailWV.”
Ambrosino helped lead the Wyoming Area to a 14-1 record and the Pennsylvania Class 3A state championship in 2019. The Warriors’ only loss on the season came against Pennsylvania powerhouse Southern Columbia Area High School, which itself posted a 16-0 record and won the state’s Class 2A title.
As a tight end last year, Ambrosino caught 13 passes for 292 yards and five touchdowns, but most of his notice came for his work on the defensive side of the ball. A first-team Class 3A all-state defensive end in 2019, he recorded 77 tackles, while leading the team with 10 sacks and 19 TFLs.
He’ll likely start his WVU career on defense.
Others who have publicly announced that they have accepted preferred walk-on offers from West Virginia for 2020 include linebackers Jax McCauley and Brocton Blair, receivers Preston Fox and C.J. Cole, kickers Danny King and Kaulin Parris, and running back Mark Rucker.