"It's A Big Time School"

It wasn't hard to figure out the reasons that wide receiver Dante Campbell committed to West Virginia on Tuesday.

Diondrae Campbell, Dante's father, spoke with BlueGoldNews.com as the pair left West Virginia's campus on Tuesday afternoon, and listed some of the things that led to his son's verbal commitment.

"The number one thing is the school itself," Diondrae said. "It's a big time school, a big time program with big time academics. They have great facilities and awesome coaches.

"Next is the coaching staff. We have a great relationship with his recruiting coach, David Lockwood, and with receivers coach Lonnie Galloway. We listened very closely to what they had to say, and we think they are great coaches. We discussed it, Dante, his mother and I, and we all felt in our hearts that this was the place for Dante."

In an elegant bit of synergy, Dante ended up committing to a school fairly close to his father's childhood home. He was raised in Sharon, Penn., and played football at Sharon High School. Dante's grandparents and other family members still reside there.

"With his grandma and grandpa still here, that will make it much easier for me to come see him, and it made it easier for him to commit here," said Diandre, noting that his son always eyed a return "up north" to play his college football. "I can come in and see him play, and they can too.

"I know all about West Virginia growing up, so it was a little strange when they started recruiting him down in Florida. To be honest, I had kind of hoped that he might go to school somewhere in between [Pennsylvania and Florida] or maybe play in Florida, but I also believe there's a purpose and a destiny to everything. So when West Virginia recruited him and offered him, it was like a dream come true."

Diandre is certainly happy with his son's commitment to WVU for those reasons, but he's just as emphatic in his observations about WVU head coach Bill Stewart.

"Coach Stewart is an awesome man of faith. He's very personable. All of the coaches were very strong, and we think they are great. We are very happy with his commitment."

The elder Campbell also noted that his son was promised a chance to compete for early playing time, but wasn't guaranteed anything. That's one of the other things he liked about the Mountaineer staff.

"The bottom line is they believe he can come in and contribute if he works hard, but it's not a guarantee. If if he works hard and does it he might get some playing time as a freshman, but he has to get it done."

BlueGoldNews.com will have more on Dante Campbell's commitment soon.

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