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West Virginia has received its 14th commitment of the 2014 football class, as Coahoma (MS) offensive tackle Sylvester Townes has given his verbal pledge to the Mountaineers.

"I have committed to West Virginia," Townes told BlueGoldNews.com. "I'm thrilled. I was talking to Coach Holgorsen yesterday and he told me he didn't know what was better -- beating Oklahoma State or getting my commitment. All the coaches were real excited."

Townes, 6-foot-6, 280 pounds, didn't plan on making a commitment this soon. However, after visiting earlier this month to see the Mountaineers defeat Georgia State, he had a change of plans.

"The visit got me," he laughed. "I felt very comfortable there. I wanted to commit while I was there but decided to wait a little longer. I couldn't wait anymore, though. I went ahead and pulled the trigger.

'West Virginia is just amazing, man," he continued. "When on the visit the crowd was supportive of the team. It just felt amazing there."

While on his visit he had the opportunity to spend time with his future position leader, West Virginia offensive line coach Ron Crook.

"I got to spend a lot of time with Coach Crook," Townes said. "He's just a laid back guy. That's what I really liked about him. He wasn't real loud. He was able to be laid back but still get his point across."

When sizing up a school that fits his needs, Townes was looking for a place where playing time could potentially come immediately. In talking with WVU assistant Shannon Dawson, he received a clear message about that possibility.

"I was talking with Coach Dawson one time and he told me I basically had 26 college games left," Townes said. "That hit me. West Virginia is a program I love and I can play."

Townes isn't short on offers. In addition to West Virginia, he also secured tenders from Texas Tech, Memphis, Kentucky, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky, among others. Though he's not closing the door completely on his recruitment, he feels good about his decision.

"This commitment is pretty much sewn up," he said. "I'm probably going to take maybe two other official visit with teammates and to make sure I made the right decision. But I think I did and feel great about it."

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