Last week Kevin Kinder mentioned at BlueGoldNews.com that the Mountaineer football team may be getting another transfer. Now that possibility appears to be moving closer to fruition.
Kei’Trel Clark, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback, is reportedly in the process of finalizing his transfer from Liberty to West Virginia University.
A 2019 graduate of Manchester High School in the Richmond, Virginia, suburb of Midlothian, Clark was a second-team all-state defensive back in high school, recording eight interceptions in his career. Rated a two-star recruit for the class of 2019, he had a variety of offers from mid-major FBS programs and FCS schools, including Marshall, Old Dominion, Charlotte and Kent State. He eventually picked Liberty, which had moved from the FCS to the FBS level in 2018, and immediately received playing time with the Flames last fall as a true freshman. He played in all 13 games for Liberty in 2019, moving into the starting lineup in the fourth game of the season and ultimately started seven of the final 10 games of the year. For the season he recorded 38 tackles, one sack and had six pass deflections.
A few weeks ago Clark announced that he was going to leave Liberty. “I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal, and I will no longer be attending Liberty University,” tweeted Clark on June 22. “This decision has been well thought out and prayed on. This decision is simply bigger than football or the program. The program, staff, and teammates were a complete blessing in my life. Over this year I have developed relationships I will forever cherish and bounds that will not be broken. However due to the cultural incompetent within multiple levels of leadership, it does not line up with my code of ethics. So therefore I had to do what I felt like was right in my heart and I pray that you support me and pray for me as I find a new home to further my education and athletic career. Thank you!”
Sophomore defensive back Tayvion Land also announced his decision to leave Liberty at the same time as Clark, apparently the result of “racial insensitivities” from the school’s administrative, primarily LU president Jerry Falwell, Jr.
Land has recently announced his decision to attend Norfolk State, an FCS program near his Virginia Beach home.
Clark, whose first name normally is shortened to “Tre,” will need an NCAA waiver to be able to see game action at an FBS program in 2020. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining and four years in which to use it, so he does have a redshirt available if he does not receive an immediate eligibility waiver from the NCAA.
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Two current Mountaineer football players are changing their names.
WVU junior linebacker Josh Chandler will now be going by the name of Josh Chandler-Semedo, thus recognizing his paternal family line and in particular his great-grandfather, John Semedo.
In addition, sophomore wide receiver Bryce Wheaton recently tweeted that he was adding an extension on to his last name, and will now go by Bryce Ford-Wheaton. Bryce’s mother, Tracie Ford, is a former West Virginia track athlete. She is also the daughter of former Mountaineer running back, coach and assistant athletic director Garrett Ford, Sr. Her brother, Garrett Ford, Jr., was a WVU running back as well.
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West Virginia linebacker Shea Campbell thought his college football career ended last year when the fifth-year senior completed his days with the Mountaineers.
But eligibility rules for the NCAA’s Division II and III are different than D-I, and it turned out Campbell had one semester of eligibility remaining if he was willing to move down.
Last month the Morgantown native began looking for a new school where he could play one more season of college football, and he recently announced his new home – the University of West Florida.
Having obtained his bachelor’s degree from WVU last December, Campbell is moving to one of the best D-II football programs in the country. Though the Argonauts first fielded a football team in 2016, they almost immediately rocketed to the top of the Division II ranks. They made the D-II national championship game in year two of existence (2017) and won the national title last season with a 13-2 record under Pete Shinnick, who is the only head coach the program has ever known.
Interestingly, UWF athletic director, Dave Scott, is a Glenville, West Virginia, native who is a 1985 WVU grad.
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One of the top high school football recruits in the state of West Virginia is apparently no longer going to go to high school in the state of West Virginia.
There’s been a rumor running around for many months that Isaiah Johnson, a four-star defensive back from Bluefield, West Virginia, was going to leave BHS. Multiple media outlets are now confirming that rumor.
The 6-foot-1, 174-pound Johnson is apparently going to spend his senior year at a high school in California.
Johnson’s high school change doesn’t appear to have changed his top college contenders, which he narrowed in early June to include West Virginia, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.