Defensive Line Commitment 'Comfortable' At WVU

Mt. Lebanon's Doug Slavonic has the big frame to be a solid player on the edge of the line at West Virginia.

At six feet six inches and 230 pounds, the Mt. Lebanon lineman might look more like a tight end than a defensive lineman. However, with his 4.8 speed, and plenty of room to fill out, Slavonic figures to be an edge lineman at WVU.

"I'll probably begin at defensive end," Slavonic told BlueGold News. "I'm good at finding the ball and getting off blocks."

Slavonic first got the attention of WVU last year, and a number of factors fell into place to make him a Mountaineer verbal commitment.

"Last May, when the recruiting process started, was when I first started looking at West Virginia. Coach Gibson visited me. He's a nice guy, and just very friendly. I just felt like I was at home around [the WVU coaches].

"My coach, Chris Haering, played at WVU, and I figured if he told me it was a good place to go, then it would be ok. He knows the coaches down there."

Slavonic knows that he will have a lot of work to do in order to reach an effective playing weight for the Division 1 level, and also cites "improving my speed" as another big goal. However, with his current physical characteristics, he certainly has a solid base to build from.

Slavonic received offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron, and had serious interest from most of the Big East schools as well as Maryland.

Before heading for WVU, Slavonic will be shooting for the Class AAAA playoffs at Mt. Lebanon, which dropped a tough three overtime decision last week.

"We went for a two point conversion to win the game, and just came up short," Slavonic said. But we should be ok."

Slavonic previously played baseball, but gave it up to concentrate on the gridiron.

"That makes football much easier," Slavonic said of working year round at one sport rather than playing others."

Slavonic plays defensive end and offensive tackle for the Blue Devils.

Slavonic is undecided on a major, but already has qualifying well in hand with a 3.5 GPA and a 1000 SAT score.


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