"I lifted a lot of weights and wore out my gym membership," Dontae Angus said of his primary activity while waiting to hear a final decision on his eligibility as a college freshman. "I did everything I could to try to stay ready."
That decision paid off for the big lineman when he got word that his final transcripts and test scores had been approved, making him eligible to enroll at West Virginia this fall.
"I was really happy when I heard, and it was great for my family too," said Angus, who didn't lose faith through the process. "It was tough on them, and on my mom, but they kept calling me every day and asking what was happening and telling me they were supporting me. That helped me a lot, and when they finally got the news that I was going to college, which has always been my goal, it was great."
Angus will now make his way to Morgantown, where he expects to arrive on Saturday.
"I can't wait to join the team and be with them," he said. "Every day I was on [my computer] watching them and reading about practices. I was thinking about how much I wanted to be there with them and working with them, and now it's going to happen."
Angus is expected to begin his career as a defensive lineman, where he excelled during the Big 33 game this past summer.