Newcomer Profile - Mike Villagrana

The second of two players from Boardman High School in Ohio is the subject of today's profile.


DL, 6-3, 235 lbs., 4.8

Boardman High School – Youngstown, Ohio

All-Northeast Ohio prospect at defensive end from Boardman High … first-team all-Steel Valley Conference as a junior and senior for Coach Garry Smith

"Mike is a big play player," said Smith. "He's one of those guys you love to have on your team, because he has an ability to make a big play at the key moment. This year against St. Ignatius, he caused a fumble on the last play of the game, and he came up with a big play late in the game against Chaney too that helped us hold on."

Boardman, which is the alma mater of former Cleveland Browns' quarterback Bernie Kosar, was 6-4 this past season … Mike recorded 11 touchdowns and 11 sacks as the Spartans' defensive MVP

Second-team all-Ohio … PrepStar all-regional … three-year starter for Boardman, which is also the school that produced placekicker Andy Good, who is also a member of this recruiting class for the Mountaineers … Mike played tight end on offense throughout his high school career but moved around on defense, playing defensive end as a sophomore and junior and linebacker as a senior … figures to play defensive end for the Mountaineers.

Had 65 tackles this past year … caught 50 passes in the past two seasons at tight end … benches 300 pounds

"Mike is a very good athlete, but the thing that really separates him is his tenacity," said Smith, who has been a coach at Boardman for 25 years. "It's his intensity and desire which allowed him to make so many big plays for us."

Besides WVU, Villagrana was also recruited by Pitt, Maryland and a number of MAC schools … also a baseball and basketball letterman … plans to enroll as a sport management major … son of Laurie Villagrana.

What Rich Rodriguez says: "We're going to look at Mike at defensive end. We had him in camp, and he was an early offer and an early commit. He went out and had a great senior year. We think Mike is a guy who can grow into a 265, 270 pound defensive end. He has a tremendous motor, plays very hard."

What Herb Hand says: "Mike has a tremendous motor and a great up side. He could play on either side of the ball. We're going to start him out at defensive end, but if that doesn't work, we can move him to tight end. He's a tenacious type kid. You can see that just by meeting him and looking him in the eyes."

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