Another 2015 In The Fold

Jovon Durante spoke with all available sources before making his college choice, and everything that he heard steered him toward making West Virginia his pick.

The 2015 wide receiver spoke with his mother and father as well as his brother, but mentioned a higher power first when discussing the decision process.

"I prayed on it," the Miami Jackson rising junior said. "I was thinking about all the offers I had, and I felt like God was leading me toward West Virginia."

Durante got supportive feedback from his family members, who told him that he needed to do what was best for him, and he felt, after serious consideration, that West Virginia was just that. He mentioned the coaching staff and the fact that the Mountaineers "are putting receivers in the league" as other positives in his choice.

"I really like the coaching staff, too," he said. "I really like Coach Seider and how the offense is based. I want to be a part of that program. I haven't been up to campus yet, but I will be going up this summer."

Durante said he wasn't necessarily planning on making an early choice, but that his desire to just play and concentrate on football led to the early decision.

"I get extra work in, and I take everything seriously," he said of his approach to the game. "I do it all at 100%. I stay after practice and catch the ball and work with the QB on game time situations. That helps me improve."

Durante also put in long hours working with his older brother, Johnnie, who is now a redshirt freshman at Florida International. The duo would go one on one in their backyard, taking turns playing receiver and defensive back while working on the minutiae of the game.

"I'd line up as a wide receiver and he'd line up as a defensive back, and we would work on reading defenses," Jovon recounted. "I'd have to call out the coverage he was in, and then we'd run the route and work against the coverage. That helped me a lot."

Durante said the WVU coaching staff was excited to get his commitment, which now will let him focus on his final two seasons of high school play. He has set lofty goals of making first team all-Dade county and all-state squads, and wants to help his team to a state title.

As a sophomore, Durante had 26 catches for 600 yards and 15 scores, and added another score and 178 yards on the ground. He picked off two passes and was also a standout kick returner. He'll probably get a look at that position at West Virginia, but will likely begin his career as an outside receiver.

"I'm 6-1 and 175 pounds, and I can go up and get the ball," he said. "I attack it."

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