Command Decision

Mogantown High School's Shane Commodore didn't expect a preferred walk-on offer when he made a visit to West Virginia this weekend, but when it came he was quick to accept

Growing up in the University City, Commodore has been a West Virginia fan all of his life. He's made many trips to Mountaineer Field as a fan, and watched numerous games from the stands. But even after forging an outstanding career as a defensive back and safety for the Mohigans, he wasn't expecting what awaited him after his visit to WVU's junior day on Saturday.

"We did the tour and saw everything at the stadium," Commodore said, relaying the normal activities on a recruiting day. "After it was over, I talked to the coaches, and they offered me a preferred walk-on spot.

"I wasn't expecting it. It took me by surprise," he admitted. "It was humbling. We had talked about what [I might do] if it happened, so it didn't take me long to accept it."

West Virginia wasn't the only school to express interest in the Mountaineers. Arizona also talked with him about a walk-on opportunity, and Robert Morris, Eastern Kentucky and Shepherd likewise made overtures. However, his Mountaineer ties held strong.

"It's the whole dream of playing for West Virginia," he said. "Ever since I was little and going to the games, I've thought about it."

Commodore was a two-way standout for Morgantown, but will start his college career as a safety, At six feet, two inches and 195 pounds, he hopes to add a bit more weight before joining the team this fall.

At Morgantown, he recorded 97 tackles, six pass breakups and an interception during his senior season.

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