Offensive Line Pair Commits

A north-south pair of offensive linemen have added their names to WVU's football verbal commitment list.

Mississippi offensive lineman Zach Napier has joined Pennsylvania tackle Devin Kirkland in the Mountaineer fold.

Napier (6-3, 280) is a quick tackle whose quickness is his best asset, according to his former coach Jack Thompson.

"His feet are very good, and his quickness is probably his strength," said Thompson, who coached Napier at South Jones High School in Ellisville, Mississippi, last year.

"Like most linemen making the move to college, he needs to work on his strength, but he has a real desire to play. He's just a good kid who will work hard."

Napier should fit in well with the blue collar ethic of West Virginia's offensive line. That identity starts with line coach Rick Trickett, who impresses Thompson with his recruiting ways.

"I've known coach Trickett for a long time. He's a good coach and an excellent recruiter. He's upfront with all the kids, and he's honest with them, which is important."

Napier played offensive tackle at South Jones, which is also the alma mater of current WVU quarterback Charles Hales. Napier could play either guard or tackle at West Virginia.

Also committing during his weekend visit was Aliquippa offensive tackle Devin Kirkland (6-7, 320). Kirkland had earlier been said to be attending Maryland, but has now chosen to cast his lot with the Mountaineers.

Kirkland was a two way lineman for the Quips, but will be an offensive lineman in college.

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