Florida Defender May Be A Mountaineer

All indications are that a talented pass-rushing defender will enroll at West Virginia University for the current semester.

Johnny Dingle, a pass rushing linebacker/defensive end who pile up almost two sacks per game during his high school senior season of 2002, has visited West Virginia this week and appears set enroll for the spring semester.

While the enrollment is not yet complete, Dingle, after a return trip home to Miami, is expected to be back in Morgantown this weekend and begin taking classes this spring.

Dingle, who considered West Virginia last year before signing with Florida, was apparently qualified. However, he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA Clearinghouse while participating in fall practice, and thus never took a class in Gainesville.

Johnny Dingle
At the time, expectations were that Dingle would enroll at Florida in January, but he never returned to the school, and now appears set to make West Virginia his school of choice.

Dingle would not be eligible to play during the 2004 season, but would be eligible to practice with the team once the fall 2004 semester is completed. He would then be eligible to practice during the spring of 2005 and play the following fall.

The Miami native is an excellent pass rusher who was the Dade County Defensive Player of the Year as a high school senior in 2002. He participated in the Dade Howard counties All-Star game after his senior year, where he recorded four tackles and two sacks.

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