Defensive end Ezekiel Rose found the environment inside the West Virginia football program much to his liking. So much so, that he committed to the Mountaineers following his weekend visit to the Mountain State.
"I really liked both the coaches and the players, and they way they were always hanging out with each, having fun and supporting each otther," he said. "They would laugh and have a good time, but when it was time to go to work they turned it on and got down to business. They were really committed to it."
A 6-3, 265-pound defensive end, Rose is slated for an outside spot on the defensive line, but could also be used to drop into pass coverage as part of zone blitz packages if the need arises.
"I played mostly defensive end this year at East Mississippi, but I dropped into coverage some and can cover running backs out of the backfie;d and things like that," he said. "I am fast and I can run."
Rose had 35 tackles, including 6.5 sacks, for the Lions this year. That was part of an 8.5 tackle for loss total. He also had two forced fumbles and broke up two passes.
Rose said he has already graduated, and will enroll at WVU in January. He had three years in which to complete his final two years of college eligibility.