Jermichael Selders is honoring his pledge to West Virginia, and has firmed up his arrival date to the WVU campus. Selders had considered enrolling at West Virginia in January, 2011, but is now planning to finish out his senior year at Cypress Creek before staring his college career.
"I was going to try to come for the spring semester, but I decided that I wasn't quite ready yet," said Selders. "I want to be able to enjoy my senior year, and I didn't want to miss my last part of high school. I don't think my family was ready for me to go, either."
Selders didn't mention the rehabilitation of his knee injury as a factor in holding off on early college enrollment, but it may have played a part as well. He began running in early December, and started lifting weights with it about a month ago, but admits that it is weaker than normal, and that he needs more work before it's up to full strength. Everything is on track with his rehabilitation, however, and on his last visit his physician confirmed that everything with that process is normal. He would likely have been limited during spring practice, however, so it makes sense for him to push his enrollment back to the normal time for a graduating senior.
In making that decision, Selders had the full support of offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen and running backs coach Robert Gillespie, who paid a visit to him last week.
"They were both here, and they told me it didn't matter whether I came in January or in June," Selders revealed. "Coach Holgorsen was a very cool guy, and very laid back. He told me that he still wanted me, no matter when I was ready. That meant a lot to me. Oklahoma State had been recruiting me too, and even though I hadn't talked to him when they were recruiting me it let me know that he had been interested in me and wanted me all along."
Selders hopes to include a spring sport as part of his comeback, but only if he gets medical approval.
"If I can run track, I'll do that, but it depends on what the doctor says and how everything goes. I saw him two weeks ago, and I will go back to see him in another week. I don't have any pain in it, and I am confident that I'll be fully ready by the summer."