Big Plans

One WVU standout already has his plans mapped out for life after football.

As he closes out his collegiate career at West Virginia, senior wide receiver Dorrell Jalloh has certainly made a name for himself in recent weeks. Head coach Bill Stewart and offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen have committed themselves to keeping defenses honest with the addition of a more diverse passing game when the opportunity presents itself.

Lately, the biggest benefit of that commitment has been Jalloh, who has hauled in nine catches for 126 yards and two touchdowns in the two most recent West Virginia wins (Auburn and Connecticut).

When Jalloh's collegiate career reaches its conclusion over the next two months, his immediate post-WVU plans will center around doing everything he can to get a playing opportunity at the professional level.

"After I'm done with my college career, I'd like to pursue the NFL and trying to do as well as I possibly can," Hopefully that works out, but I always want to have plenty of options. I want to have a plan A, plan B, plan C, plan D and so on and so forth."

For Jalloh, those plans include staying around the game that he loves, albeit in a different way than you might think.

"I would like to do broadcasting," he said. "I would like to be in front of the camera on TV, something like ESPN preferably."

Listen to the Greensboro, N.C. native talk for just a couple of minutes and it becomes quite clear that his physical gifts and talents are not just limited to the football field. An articulate speaker, Jalloh has long been one of the better interviews on the West Virginia team.

For many, public speaking is an admitted fear. For Jalloh, it's a moment he thrives in.

"It's something that I've always wanted to do," he explained. "For whatever reason, I've always been very comfortable in front of the camera. I'm not sure why, but I've never been shy or gotten jittery. I don't start to sweat (with cameras on) or anything like that, those certain things and tendencies that you see with some people. I just stay cool, calm and collected when I'm in front of the camera."

Jalloh graduated from WVU's Eberly College of Arts & Sciences last May with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Currently, he is enrolled in WVU's widely-acclaimed Sport Management graduate program. Combining his education, natural communication abilities and playing career would seem to be the perfect recipe for a budding broadcasting career.

Obviously, Jalloh isn't the first player to take this route. Turn on your TV set and you're sure to find a host of former players analyzing the game from the studio or stadium. Few, though, have laid the educational groundwork that Jalloh has.

As for those current commentators, is there one who stands out above the rest to WVU's senior receiver?

"Deion Sanders, I like his style," Jalloh said of the future Hall of Famer and current NFL Network analyst. "Most people believe what he says because he has that credibility. The credibility is something that you have to possess and gain as a football player or former football player."

While Jalloh will undoubtedly make a great broadcaster if and when he enters the booth for the first time, he doesn't intend on stopping there.

"I want to do more than football. I want to do more TV. I want to do movies, but you've got to start somewhere," he explained. "You've got to set your goals very, very high. Reach for the stars. Even if you don't get there, you're still higher than a lot of other people."

"I see Jello being a football commentator," said senior quarterback Pat White. "I see Jello in the entertainment business, in Hollywood. Jello is a character.

"It would be fun to see."

So the next time you see or hear Jalloh giving his insight on the Mountaineers, keep in mind that he is not simply fulfilling an interview requests.

He is also practicing.

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