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Sidney Glover committed to Indiana in June, but in the back of his mind he felt that more offers might be forthcoming.

"I had still been talking to Coach Tony Gibson at West Virginia all along," Glover said after switching his commitment to the Mountaineers. "It was a late offer, but I though it would eventually come. I felt like whenever I got one I might have to make a decision, and I just ended up with a good feeling about West Virginia."

The strong safety from Warren G. Harding High School (Warren, Oh.) made his official visit to WVU for the Rutgers game, and came away impressed with the facilities.

"West Virginia is a big time school, so I was expecting the facilities to be very good, but the weight room was what really impressed me," he noted. "That was the first time I had been down there, so I took the whole tour. We saw all the facilities, and they talked to us about academics, and all the support they have. We toured the whole campus."

The aggressive safety also liked what he saw of West Virginia's defensive scheme. Declaring himself a "perfect fit" for either the spur or bandit position, the six-foot, 205-pound defender has the size and the speed (4.5) to make an impact at the position. A strong run defender who plays well in traffic and attacks all over the field, Glover hopes to make an early impact at WVU as well.

"I'll actually be there in less than a month," said Glover, who will graduate from Harding in December. "Graduating early has always been a goal of mine, so I took some classes in summer school, and I got it done. I want to be able to play as a freshman, and getting an early start in spring practice should help."

WVU kept an eye on Glover throughout a standout senior season in which he recorded 130 tackles and intercepted three passes. He returned one of those for a score, and also ran back a kick for a touchdown. On offense, he carried the ball 82 times for 527 yards and five touchdowns in part time duty, but it is as a defender where he will make his debut in college.

On the highly competitive Ohio high school scene, Glover earned plenty of honors. He was a first team all-county, all-conference, and all-district performer, and also racked up second team all-Ohio recognition.

NOTES

After playing linebacker and several different spots in the secondary as a junior, Glover settled in at safety as a senior. That helped him be more comfortable on defense, which was reflected in his play.

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Glover wants to work in the pharmacy field, and will likely major in a science that will help him toward that goal. Several family friends work in hospitals, which helped spur his interest in the pharmaceutical field.


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