Donahue Stays In-State, Commits to WVU

West Virginia picked up their fourth commitment for the class of 2016 on Sunday when Ona (W.Va.) defensive end Reese Donahue pledged to the Mountaineers.

It didn’t take Cabell Midland defensive end Reese Donahue long to make a decision.

After contact between he and West Virginia ramped up over the last couple of weeks, Donahue took part in this past weekend's junior day festivities, earning an offer from the Mountaineers.

One day later, he committed.

“It’s kind of one of those things where if you look around my house I don’t have any other decorations of any other colleges,” Donahue laughed. “”You’ll see a picture of me with Owen Schmitt, Pat White and Steve Slaton. That’s just where I’ve always wanted to go to -- WVU.

“I know I’ve got the whole state behind me,” Donahue continued. “It’s just a place I feel at home and I know it's good for me.”

While on campus Donahue and his family had the chance to speak with the Mountaineer coaching staff before an offer was extended.

“We were up there and Coach (Tony) Gibson and Coach (Bruce) Tall escorted us around all day and they said they wanted to get together with us and talk. We all got together to talk and they brought Coach (Dana) Holgorsen in and we talked for about 15-20 minutes. Then after that Coach Holgorsen and Gibson left for about one minute tops and then they told us to come to the conference room. They told me they discussed scholarships and they wanted to offer me.”

While the temptation to commit on the spot was tough, Donahue held to his word about taking his time on making a decision.

“I told my parents before that whoever offers I have to think about it,” Donahue explained. “But I said if WVU offers I knew that was where I wanted to go.”

The opportunity to represent the state of West Virginia is of high value for Donahue – one of the primary reasons behind his commitment.

“It’s pretty awesome to be honest,” Donahue said. “You get to represent something bigger than yourself. You play for your high school and that’s fantastic and that’s the best thing that could happen to be a part of something. But the giant jump to college and being able to represent West Virginia University and have state pride is great.”

“If I were to go anywhere else I would’ve had to think about it more,” Donahue said. “But with WVU it was automatic. I already knew. It just feels right.”

Donahue had been receiving interest from Marshall, Duke, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Purdue and Nebraska among others.

He is the fourth commitment in West Virginia's Class of 2016, all of whom are on the defensive side of the ball.

WVU Football Class of 2016.


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