Newcomers Enroll At WVU
The latest round of summer school courses at West Virginia University has brought a large wave of new football and men’s basketball players.
The Mountaineer football team added 19 newcomers to its roster, 12 of whom are scholarship players and the other seven being walk-ons. On the men’s basketball side, Teddy Allen and Wesley Harris began taking classes at West Virginia this week, joining fellow newcomer Brandon Knapper, who entered school at WVU last month.
This latest influx of new enrollees leaves just two football signees and two basketball signees who have not yet started their college careers at West Virginia. From the football side, junior college quarterback David Isreal and junior college offensive lineman Isaiah Hardy have not yet enrolled at WVU, while in basketball, high school forward Derek Culver and junior college forward D’Angelo Hunter have not begun classes yet at West Virginia. All four of these have the rest of the summer to enroll at WVU, though they are missing out on the strength and conditioning sessions their classmates are now undertaking.
Isreal, who was a freshman at Butler (Kansas) Community College this past year but is eligible to transfer to a four-year school this fall, is of particular importance to the Mountaineer football program. WVU head football coach Dana Holgorsen announced yesterday that redshirt freshman QB Cody Saunders would no longer be able to play college football because of a shoulder injury. The loss of Saunders means WVU currently has just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster – Will Grier and Chris Chugunov. Isreal would give them a much-need third available arm, though one of the new walk-ons, Jack Bueltel, is a quarterback.
Culver had told BlueGoldNews.com’s Kevin Kinder last month that he would be able to enroll at WVU this summer, but obviously he wasn’t able to start his college career with the latest summer school session. The Mountaineers are still hopefully the four-star product from Warren, Ohio, can get into WVU before the fall semester begins, but they have also recently been entertaining some potential prospects for this year, including at least one possible transfer in former Arizona State Sun Devil center Jethro Tshisumpa.
Scholarship football newcomers
Fontez Davis CB 6-0 194 Chatham, Ill./Edwardsville/Butler CC
E.J. Brown S 5-11 188 Stone Mountain, Ga./Tucker
Ricky Johns S 6-3 187 North Wales, Pa./North Penn
Exree Loe S 6-1 199 Johnstown, Pa./Greater Johnstown Area
Lamonte McDougle DL 6-0 303 Pompano Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach
Reggie Roberson Jr. WR 6-0 192 Desoto, Texas/Mesquite Horn
Kenny Robinson S 6-3 191 Wilkinsburg, Pa./Imani Christian Academy
Alec Sinkfield RB 5-10 173 Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage
Collin Smith S 6-0 192 Ligonier, Pa./Ligonier Valley
Darius Stills DL 6-1 295 Fairmont, W.Va./Fairmont Senior
Tyler Thurmond OL 6-5 280 Buford, Ga./Buford
Corey Winfield CB 6-1 190 St. Louis, Mo./Riverview Gardens/Syracuse
Walk-on football newcomers
Jake Abbott LB 5-11 207 Fairmont, W.Va./Fairmont
Daniel Buchanan DL 6-4 276 Gilbert, W.Va./Mingo Central
Jack Bueltel QB 6-0 176 Naples, Fla./Barron Collier
Sam Cookman DL 6-1 217 Romney, W.Va./Hampshire
Adam Stilley OL 6-1 250 Martinsburg, W.Va./Martinsburg
Joseph Turner TE/FB 5-11 226 Morgantown, W.Va./Morgantown
Chase Riley WR 6-0 170 Shinnston, W.Va./Lincoln
Scholarship basketball newcomers
Teddy Allen F 6-5 225 Mesa, Ariz./Boys Town
Welsey Harris F 6-8 200 Jackson, Miss./Lawson State C.C.
Brandon Knapper G 6-0 180 S. Charleston, W.Va./Hargrave M.A.