Newcomer Update

Two football players who are committed to WVU are playing the waiting game to see when they will enroll in the University.

The first of the two players is defensive back Jermaine Moye, from Rochester High School in Pennsylvania.

Moye told last week that he is set on coming to WVU, and that he expects to enroll in January, 2003.

"I'm taking my test again, so we'll see how it goes," said the athletic Moye. "If everything works out, I could be here in the fall, but if not, I'm definitely coming in January."

Moye (6-2, 180, 4.5), rushed for 1,222 yards and scored 19 touchdowns for the Rams. He led Rochester to the Class A PIAA championship this past season.

Moye is a well rounded athlete who plays on the Rochester basketball team and earned all star accolades on his American Legion baseball team.

Moye believes he will begin on the defensive side of the ball, and likes what the Mountaineers are doing with their defensive scheme.

"This defense lets guys at my position (safety and defensive back) run and get to the ball," said the soft spoken senior. I like that.

"I like everything about football - the contact, hitting making tackles. I just want to be out on the field."

The second is defensive back Ridwan Malik (6-0, 185, 4.5) of Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, South Carolina. Malik could sign his letter of intent as early as today, and would then be officially in the Mountaineer fold. He, like Moye, could defer his enrollment until January depending on how other signees perform in their academic qualifying.

Malik grew up in Flint, Michigan and lived there until he was 14. He then moved to South Carolina, but his ties to Michgan proved to be strong as he committed to Michigan State during the past recruiting season.

Malik did not qualify by signing day, and as a result Michigan State pulled his offer. As often happens, however, Malik later received a qualifying test score, leading him to become an attractive signee for the Mountaineers.

Malik was a first team small school All State selection, of the Associated Press, and also earned All State Class 4A honors as a defensive back. He was also selected to Shrine Bowl, which pits the top North Carolina and South Carolina seniors in an all star contest.

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