Lamonte McDougle had been leaning towards Dana Holgorsen's West Virginia Mountaineers since removing himself from Washington State's class back in September, and opted to take it a step further on Monday evening by officially committing to the Big 12 program.
McDougle, a product of Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High that's labeled as the 29th-ranked defensive tackle in the South, was also considering offers from Purdue and nearby Florida International before journeying up to Morgantown for his official visit this past weekend.
"I've built a great relationship with their coaching staff, and also the opportunity to play early and get my masters degree," McDougle told Scout. "Once I made the trip, I knew that was the place I wanted to be."
The 6-foot-1, 295-pound McDougle says he's eager to finally take a step back from the constant heat and summer-like feel after getting his initial taste of life with the Mountaineers.
"I just loved everything," McDougle said. "The facilities, the university, the weather; they actually have seasons (laughter).
"And also the great fans of Morgantown."
As expected, ace recruiter and West Virginia running backs coach, JaJuan Seider, is the one that constructed the puzzle and led the charge in regards to McDougle's go-to contact on the Mountaineers' staff.
"I've built a relationship with coach Seider with him being from Florida," McDougle said. "He kind of connected with me, and just the whole coaching staff has always shown me love and stayed in constant communication."
McDougle, the son of former NFL first round pick and Oklahoma offensive tackle, Stockar McDougle, is also tagged as the nation's 92nd-ranked defensive tackle and ninth-ranked defensive tackle in the Sunshine State.
"They can expect a dog," McDougle said. "I'm going to give 110 percent every time I'm on the field for my team and the people of West Virginia."
As always, stay tuned to Scout.