Another Ohioan Verbals to Football Program

The Mountaineer football team has picked up another verbal commitment from an Ohio product.

Mike Lorello, a 6-0, 185-pound defensive back from Worthington Kilbourne High in Columbus, has agreed to become a Mountaineer.

A first-team Division I (large school) All-State selection in Ohio this past season, Lorello is an excellent student (3.6 GPA) and solid athlete. But it's his intensity which catches the attention of most football coaches.

"Mike is the type of player whose motor is always running," said Kilbourne head coach Jeff Gafford. "He's intense from the moment he steps on the fields. Not only is he a great competitor, but he's also an excellent athlete. He played lacrosse before giving that up when he injured his knee as a sophomore. He had been a very good basketball player as well, but he's going to concentrate on football this winter. For us in football, we used him not only as a strong safety, but also as a running back, a punter and a kick returner. We also had him kick off the last few games."

Lorello, who helped Kilbourne to an 8-3 record this past season, took visits to Duke, Ohio, Ball State and WVU before picking the Mountaineers. Mike is interested in studying forensic science at West Virginia, a relatively new academic program at WVU that is partially funded with help from the federal government and is quickly becoming nationally known.

"Mike went there first on an unofficial visit, and he was very impressed by what he saw," noted Gafford. "He's a very good student, and academics are important to him. But he's also a dedicated football player, and football has always been important to him, as it has for everyone at Worthington Kilbourne. He found that football is important at West Virginia as well. It was the right mix for him in every area."

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