Kevin Kinder \ BlueGoldNews.com

West Virginia Adds Seven Mid-Year Junior College Football Transfers

West Virginia indicated that it might dip a bit more heavily into the junior college ranks in upcoming seasons, and it followed through on those intentions when seven players signed National Letters of Intent and grants-in-aid for the 2017 spring semester.

All of the players are expected to enroll next month at WVU and be eligible for spring practice and fall competition.

Played for coach Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western Community College. Team finished with a 6-6 record in 2016. Recorded 40 total tackles, including 27 solo stops and 1.5 tackles for loss in 2016. Also had a team-leading five interceptions and nine pass breakups. NJCAA All-Region 11 First Team (2016) All-Iowa Community College Athletic Conference First Team (2016) Redshirted as a freshman in 2015. Also offered by Cincinnati. Originally signed with Marshall out of high school. Previously played for coach Tommy Macon at Pebblebrook High. Recorded four interceptions and two forced fumbles as a senior (2014). Also scored one touchdown on special teams and three touchdowns on offense.

Played for coach Benjy Parker at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Helped team to a 9-3 record in 2016 and an appearance in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl. Finished the season with 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one blocked kick in 12 games. Helped Northwest to its first junior college national championship since 1992 and an 11-1 record in 2015. Played in 12 games, recording 40 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and two blocked kicks All-Mississippi Associations of Community & Junior Colleges Second Team (2016) Three-star recruit by.Scout.com and ESPN Originally signed with Syracuse out of high school and redshirted during the 2014 season. Played for coach Jerry Hood at Clay-Chalkville High, helping team to a 10-2 finish in 2013. Recorded 61 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks as a senior. As a junior, collected 32 total tackles and 3.5 sacks Earned Class 6A All-State honors and was named to the 2013 All-Birmingham North/East Team. Earned selections to the 2013 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game and the Birmingham News All-Metro Team

Spent two seasons playing for coach Tom Craft at Riverside City College. Helped team to a 10-2 record in 2016 with a win in the Southern California Bowl. Finished the season with 36 receptions for 480 yards and eight touchdowns. Recorded two touchdown receptions against Victor Valley (9/3) and Long Beach (11/5). Southern California Football Association All-Central League First Team (2016). Finished the 2015 season with 35 receptions for 398 yards and six touchdowns. Three-star recruit by Scout.com. Previously played for coach Rick Mey at Temecula Valley High. Recorded 49 receptions for 777 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in 2014. Valley News All-Valley First Team (2014). Two-time All-Southwestern League First Team (2013-14).

Played for coach Benjy Parker at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Helped team to a 9-3 record in 2016 and an appearance in the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl. Finished the season with 55 tackles, 9.5 sacks, one interception and three pass breakups while leading the team with 16.5 tackles for loss and 20 quarterback hurries. Helped Northwest to its first junior college national championship since 1992 and an 11-1 record in 2015. Played in 12 games, leading the team in tackles for loss (16.5), sacks (10), quarterback hurries (13) and ranking third in tackles (67). All-Mississippi Associations of Community & Junior Colleges Second Team (2016). Four-star recruit by Scout.com. No. 27 junior college player according to Scout.com. 2016 Super Sophomore by Sporting News. Played for head coach Joe Spatafora at Union Parish High. Helped the Farmers to an 11-2 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the Class 3A state playoffs in 2014. Collected 84 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks as a senior. Was part of the 2013 state championship team and was an all-state selection that season.

Played for coach Buddy Stephens at East Mississippi Community College. Helped team to a combined 19-2 record during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, a 2016 MACJC Championship and a win in the 2016 Mississippi Bowl. Finished sophomore (2016) season with 35 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 10 games. Played in eight games as a freshman (2015), making nine tackles with two pass breakups. Played for coach Henry Johnson at Clarksdale High. Made 51 tackles with 11 tackles for loss, five sacks and nine quarterback hurries as a senior. Collected 17 tackles and one sack as a junior.

Returns to West Virginia after playing one season for coach Gifford Lindheim at El Camino College. Completed 127-of-237 passes for 1,636 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2016. Rushed for 258 yards on 96 carries with five touchdowns. Went 20-of-29 for 248 passing yards and four touchdowns against Bakersfield. Southern California Football Association All-Central League Second Team (2016). Became a key member of the receiving corps in the second half of his freshman season at West Virginia in 2015. Finished with seven catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns in seven games Caught the game-winning touchdown on a 15-yard reception with 2:19 remaining against Arizona State in the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl. Previously coached by Dwayne Thomas at Eastern Christian Academy. Played three games in 2014 before breaking his ankle and missing the remainder of the season. Completed 38-of-74 passes for 594 yards and seven touchdowns. Ran for 203 yards on 34 carries and six touchdowns. Maryland Consensus All-State (2013) Maryland Private School All-State First Team (2013). Completed 202-of-318 passes for 2,688 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2013. Also rushed for 672 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Played one season for coach Steve Buckley at Jones County Junior College, helping the team to a 6-3 record. Paved the way for the offense to average 238.6 yards per game on the ground, including 326 yards per game in the final three contests. NJCAA All-Region 23 First Team (2016) All-Mississippi Associations of Community & Junior Colleges First Team (2016). Three-star recruit by Scout.com. Also offered by Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and TCU. Redshirted as a freshman at UT-San Antonio (2015) Previously played for coach Tucker Barnard at Stillwater High. Allowed just one sack during his career As a senior, Stillwater averaged almost 200 yards per game rushing, 5.4 yards per carry and more than 350 yards of total offense. Class 6A East All-Star (2014) All-District 6A-1 (2014). Father, Joe, is the offensive coordinator/tight ends-fullbacks coach at West Virginia.


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