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The Fourth of July is a day of celebration for all in the U.S., but for one Pennsylvanian, the date of American Independence now has added meaning.

Red Land High School's Bret Niederreither had planned to make his college choice on Independence Day, and he followed through on that schedule when he chose West Virginia as his college destination.

"I just got off the phone with Coach Kirelawich, and I told him I was committing," said the big defensive lineman. "He said he thinks I can be a nose tackle like John Thornton and Chris Neild. He likes the way I play there."

A strong line prospect who also had interest from Syracuse and Maryland, Niederreither decided to pick West Virginia after consideration of what the Mountaineers had to offer. His comfort level at the school, and the rapport he developed with Kirelawich, were big factors in his decision.

"I like the campus and the atmosphere, just everything about the program," he said. "It's the right fit for me."

Niederreither becomes the eleventh commitment in West Virginia's 2012 football recruiting class. He is the second defensive lineman in the group, joining Miami's Imarjaye Albury.

Niederreither was a first team all conference pick as a defensive lineman last year.

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