Alec Shriner knew about and liked West Virginia since his camp visit to the Mountain State a year ago, and while other schools joined the recruiting process, the Mountaineers were never far from his mind. Assistant coach Joe DeForest, who was Shriner's primary recruiter, stayed in touch with the big lineman during his junior season, and contacted him with a scholarship offer earlier this month. That sealed the deal on a relationship that had been building since Shriner hit WVU's radar more than a year ago.
At that point, things moved into high gear for the Oviedo (Florida) High School rising senior. A return trip to the WVU campus, accompanied by his parents, resulted in his commitment.
"Last year I was at camp, and this was my second visit. I got to see the school more in depth, and got to look at it at a different angles," Shriner related. "This time, I got to see all of the campus and all of the facilities, and I really liked everything I saw."
A standout two-way lineman, Shriner will begin his West Virginia career on defense.
"They are recruiting me as a nose tackle," Shriner said of his starting point at WVU. "That's a position I've played all the way through my career. I like that I can be aggressive and attack [there]."
An all-state honorable mention performer as a junior, Shriner is following teammate Tyree Owens to West Virginia. While the two talked some about the Mountaineer program, Shriner noted that his decision to commit to WVU stood alone.
"Tyree wasn't a big influence. He might have swayed me a little bit, but I just loved the school and the coaches," he explained. "I saw all that I really needed to see on my visit."
A potential sports management major, Shriner anticipates no problems with qualifying, and also said that his decision was firm.
"This is locked for for me," he emphasized. "I am done with recruiting and committed to West Virginia.