Verbal View: Dontae Angus

A massive offensive lineman from Philadelphia visited WVU in the spring, but then committed to Florida in the fall. How did he wind up at West Virginia, and what does it mean for the Mountaineers?

Dontae Angus made a spring visit to West Virginia to check out its football program, and at the time had good things to say about WVU. While the things he saw on his trip didn't lead to a commitment, it kept the Mountaineers in his mind when the Florida verbal fell through, and led to his unexpected signing with West Virginia on Feb. 5.

"The coaches love you there, but they stay on top of you," Angus told after sending in his letter of intent. "At the same time, they stay on top of you to get to class and take care of everything. I really like that."


Size matters -- at least on the offensive line -- and Angus has it. An tackle prospect, he has a huge frame and wingspan that should make him an effective protector on the edge. His video shows good mobility, and he has the strength to physically dominate opponents. These are things that can't be taught, and despite the scale-tipping sizes of WVU's offensive line recruits, he's the biggest of the lot.

The fact that Angus kept WVU in his mind after Florida didn't pan out is also a plus. Clearly, the Mountaineer environment made an impression on the city-raised lineman, as he mentioned it multiple times during his quick talk with


Qualifying appears to be the biggest issue for Angus at the moment. His status in that regard is up in the air, so there's no guarantee that he will wind up at WVU this summer or fall.

Dontae Angus
ML King HS
Philadelphia, Pa.
OL 6-6 330
While Angus dominated the competition he faced, it's not the greatest in the world. However, Philadelphia football isn't the downtrodden mess that some portray, so this shouldn't be a huge concern. He still needs to work on his technique, but that's true of about 99% of linemen moving on to college.

The biggest issue will be, if he does not qualify, in getting him back. His comments about WVU make that less of a concern, but if he continues to perform at the level he did in high school, he'll clearly get more attention prior to his next Signing Day.


"The kid is an unbelievable talent who can develop into a three-year starter," analyst Brian Dohn said. That's high praise, but Angus' explosiveness, strength and athletic ability make him a player that the Mountaineers might be pointing back to as the steal of the class a year or two down the road.

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