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Brandon Napoleon admitted that his father's career at West Virginia played a big role in his decision to accept West Virginia's scholarship offer, but he noted that he wasn't pressured to do so.

Brandon Napoleon, who committed to the Mountaineers on Saturday, heard stories about his father's career at WVU from an early age.

"West Virginia was the first school I heard about, and I heard about it a lot," he said with a laugh when asked about his father's role in the recruiting process. "I know he wanted me to come here, but he didn't push me to accept it. In fact, when I told him I wanted to commit, he asked me, 'Are you sure?' several times. He wanted to make sure it was what I wanted."

Of that fact, there was no doubt. Once West Virginia's coaching staff confirmed his scholarship offer was still on the table, he jumped at it, bypassing offers from Rutgers, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Temple and Connecticut.

"I just wanted to be sure of the offer, and once it came it was a no-brainer," he said. "This is where I want to be."

A quarterback and defensive back in high school, Napoleon is being recruited as an athlete. He isn't thinking about a college position at the moment, instead choosing to focus on his upcoming senior season.

"I did want to get this out of the way before football season, because I want to put all my energy into my team and our season," he said. "I think we can go undefeated, and if we can I think we'll be in the top five in the country because of our schedule. We have a lot of good talent in each class, and some good talent coming in, so I think we can be great."

Speed and quickness factor into Napoleon's play on both sides of the ball. As a quarterback, he reacts well to pressure and can run out of trouble, while at cornerback he has the quickness and speed to stay with any receiver. He's also a sure tackler, and understands the technical aspects of the game well.

With all of his attention on his senior season and on WVU, Napoleon (6-0, 180 lbs., 4.3) has a single track in terms of his summer plans.

"My school is playing in a 7-on-7 tournament at Rutgers, but as far as any individual camps or combines or anything like that, I'm done. I'm not going to take any other visits. This is a solid commitment."

Napoleon plans to study communications in college, and has already taken the SAT. He appears to be in good shape in terms of qualifying, and will be submitting his information to the NCAA Clearinghouse this fall.

Napoleon is West Virginia's sixth commitment in the Class of 2012.


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