2003 Verbal Says WVU Is "Perfect Fit"

Chris Malamet, a 6-4, 265 defensive lineman/tight end from Frederick, Maryland, is WVU's first verbal for the 2003 football recruiting season.

Malamet, who played for the Frederick High School Cadets in the Central Maryland Conference, suffered a knee injury last season, which caused schools such as Maryland to hold up on a formal offer. However, West Virginia made an offer to Malamet after his visit to WVU's campus on junior day, and he recently accepted.

"WVU kept sending me letters, so I went down on junior day and took my tapes," said the well-spoken junior. "The looked at them and we talked, and after a couple of days they called me and offered me a scholarship. I thought it over and accepted a couple of days ago.

"West Virginia was a perfect fit for me. I visited a couple of other schools, but WVU was the best. "The location is good, and the type of offense and defense they run were attractive to me. Wherever they choose to put me I think I will fit in well."

Several other schools were interested in Malamet, including Big East foes Miami, Syracuse, Virginia Tech. Malamet impressed with the quality of the play in the conference, and cited that as another reason WVU drew his attention. However, only WVU made an early offer.

"Several other schools said they wanted to see me in action at their camp before they offered me, because of my knee injury, but West Virginia said it wasn't a problem. I appreciate getting the offer from West Virginia."

As for the knee, Malamet says it is reconstructed and almost back to 100%.

Malamet spoke with current WVU running back Avon Cobourne about the similar circumstances surrounding their high school careers and recruitment. Like Malamet, Cobourne sustained a serious knee injury during his high school career, which caused several high profile schools to rescind their scholarship offers.

"I talked with Avon about that," Malamet noted. "He said WVU stuck with him, and that was was another big point. He said they won't quit on you if you get hurt."

Now that the verbal is out of the way, Malamet plans to concentrate on completing his high school career. But unlike many early commitments who still take visits to other schools and camps, Malamet says he is finished with the recruiting process.

"I'm glad to get it over with. It was getting a little stressful. This summer I will attend camp at WVU, and work on my speed and weight training. I won't attend any other camps.

"I enjoyed visiting other colleges and meeting other coaches, but I'm a Mountaineer now."

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