Mountaineers Add Three Mid-Year Enrollees
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Three prospects who signed National Letters of Intent with West Virginia last month, prior to Dana Holgorsen’s departure as Mountaineer head coach, have each followed through with their plans to enroll at WVU in time for the start of the spring semester.
Cornerback Dreshun Miller and defensive lineman Taijh Alston, both junior college transfers, and defensive back Kerry Martin, who graduated a semester early from Capital (W.Va.) High School, all are now reportedly on campus at WVU, taking classes and working out in the football team’s strength and conditioning program.
Miller, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound cornerback, is a native of Kennesaw, Ga., and spent the past two seasons at Eastern Arizona College. He had at one time committed to LSU, but started to look around again as the signing date neared, ultimately narrowing his focus to West Virginia and Texas A&M before eventually picking the Mountaineers. Miller, who will have two seasons of eligibility remaining, is expected to compete for playing time at the cornerback position right away, despite the fact that all three of WVU’s top corners – Josh Norwood, Keith Washington and Hakeem Bailey – have another year of eligibility remaining with the Mountaineers.
Alston also is expected to push for immediate playing time, helping WVU’s defensive line as an edge rusher. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Alston is a native of Carthage, N.C., who initially enrolled at East Carolina as a true freshman, but after one year with the Pirates, in which he was redshirted, he transferred to Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College. Alston had seven sacks and 78 tackles at Co-Lin last year, earning all-Mississippi first-team honors. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Martin was a do-everything player in high school, leading Capital High on both sides of the ball as a quarterback as well as a defensive back. A two-time Class AAA first-team all-state selection, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Martin is expected to start his WVU career at cornerback.
Holgorsen and his staff also were in discussions about bringing safety Isheem Young to West Virginia for the start of the spring semester, which began on Jan. 7, but reportedly the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, product has not yet enrolled at WVU. Young was a highly-regarded class of 2018 recruit who had verbally committed to Penn State, but was charged with armed robbery before he signed with the Nittany Lions. Young eventually pleaded to a juvenile charge in regards to the case. It seemed that WVU was ready to give Young a second chance, but the change in the Mountaineer coaching staff appears to have at least delayed that opportunity. It’s unclear if new West Virginia coach Neal Brown is interested in Young, but to this point the Imhotep Charter alum is still not enrolled at WVU — or apparently any other college.