New Semester Brings New Football Enrollees
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The spring semester started at West Virginia University on Monday, and with it came the enrollment of a number of new Mountaineer football players.
Freshman quarterback Garrett Greene (6-0, 180 lbs., of Tallahassee, Fla.), freshman wide receiver Reese Smith (5-11, 180 lbs., of Danville, Ky.) and junior defensive lineman Quay Mays (6-2, 280 lbs., of Northwest Mississippi C.C.) have all begun their classes and will begin immediately working out with their new teammates.
WVU head coach Neal Brown said at his Dec. 18 signing day press conference that he expected five January enrollees from his 18-member class. He named Greene, Smith and Mays, as well as junior college defensive back Jackie Matthews and freshman defensive back Jairo Faverus. Matthews and Faverus have not officially enrolled at WVU as of Monday afternoon, but each has all week to complete the enrollment procedure and begin their Mountaineer academic and athletic career. Thus they could also join the squad at any point in the coming days.
In addition to the five early enrollees Brown previously mentioned, West Virginia also welcomed a pair of walk-ons to the program with the start of the new semester – juco transfer quarterback Matt Cavallaro (6-1, 190 lbs., from Lackawanna College) and grad transfer wide receiver Keion Wakefield (5-10, 175 lbs., from Louisville).
A native of Matamoras, Pennsylvania, which is in the state’s northeast corner on the border with New York, Cavallaro completed 116 of 227 passes in 11 games for Lackawanna this past season for 1,754 yards with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He helped lead the Falcons to a 10-1 record. Lackawanna’s only loss came in the NJCAA national championship game to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, 24-13.
A graduate of Male High School in Louisville, Kentucky, Wakefield saw limited action in his four-year career at U of L, catching seven passes for 80 yards and also returning two kicks this past season for 44 yards. Wakefield will come to WVU seeking more of a playing opportunity in his final season of college eligibility, even though he’ll do it as a walk-on.
To this point, there are no additional WVU players who were on last year’s squad who are definitely not returning for the spring, beside the eight who previously indicated they were transferring – Josh Sills, Martell Pettaway, Jovani Haskins, Ricky Johns, Jake Allison, Kwantel Raines, Tevin Bush and JoVanni Stewart.