Latest Commit Ready to Make A Defensive Impact

WVU's latest football verbal commitment has been keeping his eye on the Mountaineers all season.

"I've been watching West Virginia all year," defensive back Michael Meggett said after verbally committing to the Mountaineer program on Wedensday. "I've seen how good they are doing.

"I know that other New York guys like Angel Estrada and Cassel Smith are down there, and they've been doing well. I think I'm going to fit in well at WVU."

Meggett, who has been racking up honors for Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn almost from the moment he stepped on the field, is quiet and well-spoken off the field. On the gridiron, however, he turns into a big hitter with a nose for the football. Those qualities, plus WVU's defesnive scheme, have him thinking he'll start out on the defensive side of the ball.

"The coaches told me about the defense, and I've watched it some. There are three safeties in there, and it looks like there will be a chance to get some playing time. I think the defense suits my abilities, so I'm pretty sure I'll start out at one of those positions."

Meggett, who is already qualified, has already visited Vanderbilt, and had a couple of other visits scheduled, including one for West Virginia on January 10. However, after taking the Vandy trip and thinking over his options, he decided to go ahead and commit to WVU.

"Vanderbilt was really the only other school I was considering," Meggett explained. "I liked my trip there, and had a good time, but WVU is a step above them in terms of their football program."

West Virginia also has the added advantage of a new field of study that's right up Meggett's alley. He plans to major in sociology, with an eye toward entering West Virginia's nationally acclaimed forensic science program.

With the biggest decision of his high school life now behind him, Meggett only has one more unpleasant task to complete. He won't take any more visits, but will contact the coaches of the other schools that were recruiting him to tell them he's made his choice.

"That will be a little tough, but I will call them and let them know that I'm going to WVU. I've made my decision, and I need to get that taken care of."

That kind of responsibility is rare in a hgih school player, but it comes as no surprise to Meggett's head coach Vince Laino.

"We're all very proud of Michael. He's gotten it done on both counts, on the field and in the classroom. He's just a very good kid."

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