WVU Football Picks Up Another Walk-On Commitment
West Virginia’s football program picked up another commitment this week from a preferred walk-on.
Marshall Whipkey was a hard-charging, 5-foot-11, 180-pound option quarterback for McGuffey High School, which is just outside of Washington, Pennsylvania. He’ll come to WVU this fall with the likelihood he’ll play safety at the college level.
A first-team all-Century Conference selection at quarterback in 2019, Whipkey had a career total of 1,482 rushing yards and 2,893 passing yards while accounting for a total of 55 touchdowns in leading the Highlanders to an 8-3 record.
Of his passes this past season, 27 of them for 618 yards and 12 TDs went to 6-foot-3 receiver C.J. Cole, who is also headed to West Virginia as a preferred walk-on.
“He’s twitchy, explosive and instinctive,” McGuffey head coach Ed Dalton told the Washington Observer-Reporter of Whipkey. “He is football smart and will be able to run and do all the things they need him to do. He was explosive and violent and made giant plays when we used him on defense.”
Dalton didn’t use Whipkey full-time on defense, not wanting to risky an injury for the quarterback who was the engine to McGuffey’s offense.
“We didn’t want to lose him on offense,” Dalton stated to the Observer-Reporter. “He would play in key situations and in key games on defense, but when you run the triple option, he is the guy you have to be a little more protective of.”
Whipkey had a number of Division II college offers, but he was interested in a school where he could not only play football but also major in engineering. That led him to accept WVU’s walk-on offer.
With Whipkey and Cole, the Mountaineers now have 13 players who have committed to walk-on at West Virginia next fall. That list includes not only the pair from McGuffey, but also: linebackers Jax McCauley and Brocton Blair; receiver Preston Fox; defensive linemen Derek Ambrosino, Trace Weitzel and Jackson Oxley; kickers Danny King and Kaulin Parris; running back Mark Rucker, offensive lineman Shawn See; and long snapper Austin Brinkman.