First Offer

Cypress Bay's Josh Witt was working out when he received word that he had received a scholarship offer from West Virginia.

"I was lifting when out coach came in and told me that he had some news for me, that West Virginia had offered," said Josh Witt, an outside linebacker with the speed and mobility to play a strong safety position in college. "I was not expecting an offer at all, so it was a surprise when it happened."

Witt did now know a great deal about WVU when the offer came through, but he didn't waste much time in fixing that situation. He made a visit to the Mountaineer campus soon after, and although he didn't have a great deal to say about the trip, he was enthusiastic about the Mountaineer coaching staff.

"I met Coach Gillespie, who I had been talking to, and the other coaches. I liked them a lot. It seemed like I fit in very well there."

Witt may have been referring to his comfort level when speaking of "the fit" but also looks to be an custom-tailored match for the Mountaineer defense. An outside backer at Cypress Bay, he could also play the spur or bandit at West Virginia. His answer in response to a question about his ability to drop into pass coverage in Division I was simple – "Yes" – but he did expound on the strengths that he believes will help him in that regard.

"I think my speed is my best asset," he said, citing a 4.5 second 40-yard dash time. "we run a 3-4, and we do a lot of blitzing. I come off the edge a lot, and I make a lot of plays by running the ball down from the back side."

With one offer on board, Witt still hasn't given a great deal of thought to the recruiting process yet. Most of his spring and summer will be devoted to his football team. Spring practices begin on May 1, and then he will participate with his school's 7-on-7 squad at several tournaments.

"I haven't set a timetable for a decision on college yet," he said. "I'm just trying to improve overall and help my team. We lost in the semifinals last year, and we want to go to the States this year. That's every team's goal, and that's my biggest one – to help my team get there."


  • Witt's teammate, offensive lineman Danny Isadora, is also a West Virginia recruiting target.

  • At last check-in, Witt stood six feet, two inches and weighted 210 pounds.

  • Although defense isn't the primary focus of 7-on-7, Witt sees some benefit for defensive players as well.

    "It helps with my pass coverage, and working on my footwork and drops," he noted.

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