Newcomers Enroll At WVU

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’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.