Westbrook Eyes Opportunity At West Virginia

With the imminent departure of current West Virginia wide receivers Kevin White and Mario Alford to graduation, the Mountaineer coaching staff is looking to fill the void with the remaining pieces available in the class of 2015.

With West Virginia having on-field success with two wide receivers who hail from the junior college ranks, Kevin White and Mario Alford, it's no surprise the Mountaineers are diving back to the same level to find potential replacements.

Blinn (TX) wide receiver Dede Westbrook received an offer from West Virginia this past week, his eleventh offer, with the hopes that he will continue the recent success WVU has enjoyed from those ranks.

"It [West Virginia offer] means a lot to me," Westbrook explained. "Growing up I tried to imitate Tavon Austin and I just loved how West Virginia used him."

Westbrook (6-1, 170 lbs.) is certainly living up to Austin's production standards. The talented sophomore currently leads the nation in receptions (58) and receiving yards (1,131) and is tied for fourth with 10 touchdowns. Finding a future home that can feature him in a similar fashion is an important aspect to his current recruitment.

"Yes, sir I believe I can," Westbrook said about being a Tavon Austin-like player. "Getting the ball is real important to me. Getting the ball enough times will help me showcase my talent."

The Mountaineers made their message clear to Westbrook when they extended an offer -- come aboard to help win a championship -- a sentiment he shared as well.

"They [WVU] told me I have a home at West Virginia," Westbrook said. "They asked if I will leave Texas and I told them most definitely. All I care about is getting the ball and winning a conference title and a national championship."

Among his eleven total offers he lists WVU, Oklahoma and Texas Tech as schools that will receive official visits.

Westbrook is on pace to graduate in December and will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.


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