Wave Of New Mountaineers Enroll At WVU

Wave Of New Mountaineers Enroll At WVU

A new summer school session started at West Virginia University on Monday, and with it came a wave of new student-athletes enrolling at WVU for the first time.

On the basketball side, freshman guard Jordan McCabe had enrolled at WVU last month. He was joined by three others this week, as freshman guard Trey Doomes, freshman center Derek Culver and junior center Andrew Gordon all have arrived in Morgantown and are starting classes, as well as workouts. Freshman guard Emmitt Matthews is slated to begin classes at WVU on June 25, as his high school in Tacoma, Wash., doesn’t conduct its graduation until June 9. And junior guard Jermaine Haley also has not arrived yet, though the Mountaineers are still hopeful he’ll get enrolled for classes at WVU before the end of the week.

West Virginia’s football team welcomed 20 newcomers to the program this week, including 14 scholarship players and six walk-ons. With these additions, all 22 high school or junior college signees for WVU’s class of 2018 have now enrolled. Eight of those arrived in January. One other (freshman receiver Randy Fields) started classes in May, and now the other 13 have enrolled this week. In addition, the two graduate transfers who signed this spring with the Mountaineers (defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow of USC and defensive lineman Jabril Robinson of Clemson) also are now at WVU. Bigelow came to Morgantown last month, while Robinson just arrived this week. A third potential grad transfer, cornerback Denzel Fisher of UCLA, has not yet arrived at West Virginia. But all the others are present and accounted for.


Four of the six walk-ons are coming to the Mountaineers straight from the high school ranks. Noah Drummond, an offensive line walk-on coming to West Virginia from Bridgeport (W.Va.) High School, is the younger brother of current Mountaineer sophomore fullback Elijah Drummond. Garrett Smyton is also an offensive line walk-on from Elkins (W.Va.) High, while Kwincy Hall is small (5-7, 165 lbs.), quick receiver and returner who played this past year at Saint Frances Academy in Baltimore. The fourth high school walk-on who has enrolled at West Virginia this week is J.P Hadley, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound long-snapper from Toms River, N.J.

The other two walk-ons who enrolled this week are transfers from the college level who are making their way to WVU.

Mason Rutherford was a 2013 Class A all-state receiver at Fairview High School, which is on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River just down from Huntington. After his high school career, he spent two years at San Bernardino (Calif.) Community College, where he caught a total of 58 passes for 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns. Following his juco stint, he was recruited to Delaware State, where he was the Hornets’ leading receiver in 2016 with 42 receptions for 564 yards. The 6-foot, 180-pound receiver, who was the Kentucky high school state champion in the high jump with a leap of 6-foot-8, didn’t play in any games at DSU last year, thus qualifying for a redshirt. Now with an integrated studies bachelor’s degree in hand, Rutherford is coming to West Virginia as a graduate transfer for his senior season.

Like Rutherford, Elmilio Appolloni also grew up just across the Ohio River from West Virginia, as he’s a native of Martins Ferry, Ohio, which is a couple miles northwest of Wheeling. Playing football and basketball in high school, Appolloni’s size (6-9, 280 lbs.) caught the attention of many. Purdue, Akron and WVU offered him walk-on opportunities, and he wound up enrolling at Purdue in the fall of 2016. But he’s decided leave the Boilermakers to transfer to West Virginia. A National Honor Roll Student at Martins Ferry High School, Appolloni never saw any game action at Purdue, but a walk-on with that kind of size and three years of eligibility remaining makes him an interesting prospect.

WVU will likely add more walk-ons when preseason practice gets under way in August and then more still when the fall semester begins.

New Football Enrollees

Allen, Tyrese Paintsville H.S. (KY) Paintsville KY DL SCH
Appolloni, Emilio Purdue/Martins Ferry H.S. (OH) Martins Ferry OH OL WO
Banks, Terrance East Allegheny H.S. (PA) Duquesne PA TE SCH
Brown, Joe Eastern Arizona C.C. (AZ) Compton CA OL SCH
Brown, Leddie Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti H.S. (PA) Newark DE RB SCH
Brown, Michael Eastern Arizona C.C. (AZ) Compton CA OL SCH
Drummond, Noah Bridgeport H.S. (WV) Bridgeport WV OL WO
Gmiter, James Bethel Park H.S. (PA) Bethel Park PA DL SCH
James, Sam Richmond Hill H.S. (GA) Richmond Hill GA WR SCH
O’Laughlin, Mike Fenwick H.S. (ILL) Glen Ellyn IL TE SCH
Raines, Kwantel Aliquippa H.S. (PA) Aliquippa PA S SCH
Robinson, Jabril North Brunswick H.S. (NC) Leland NC DL SCH
Rutherford, Mason Fairview H.S. (KY) Huntington WV WR WO
Smyton, Garrett Elkins H.S. (WV) Elkins WV OL WO
Spalding, Dillon South County H.S. (VA) Lorton VA WR SCH
Stills, Dante Fairmont H.S. (WV) Fairmont WV DL SCH
Uzebu, Oyenmwen Alpharetta H.S. (GA) Atlanta GA OL SCH
Wheaton, Bryce Holly Springs H.S. (NC) Raleigh NC WR SCH
Hall, Kwincy Saint Frances Academy (MD) Washington DC WR WO
Hadley, J.P. Donovan Catholic H.S. (NJ) Forked River NJ LS WO