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West Virginia's history of outstanding running backs was a big factor in Jermichael Selders' commitment to the Mountaineer football program.

"When West Virginia started recruiting me, I just fell in love with them," Cypress Creek's Jermichael Selders said after committing to WVU. "I looked at who came out of there. Steve Slaton, and Noel Devine now, they have a lot of running backs. It's a running back school I thought that was a good fit for me."

Selders, who rushed for more than 1,500 yards and scored 23 touchdowns as a junior, hasn't visited West Virginia yet, which is out of the norm for WVU's recruiting class this year. However, Selders said he had discussed that with West Virginia's coaches.

"They knew I wouldn't be able to visit for awhile, because I have to work that out with my football schedule and my family," Selders said. "We do have three Thursday games this year, so I will try to leave after one of those games and get there for a visit."

Selders first began receiving serious notice from West Virginia at the end of his junior season. His recruiting coach, Chris Beatty, was instrumental in building the bridge that led Selders to WVU.

"He is a cool guy," Selders said of WVU's running backs coach. "He tells me the truth, no matter what we are talking about. We have been building a relationship ever since he first came here."

The Cypress Creek standout, who has been timed at 4.4 seconds in his last two tries at the 40-yard dash, wants to play early, but knows that nothing will be handed to him.

"I want to go there and work for my spot," Selders said. "I've watched West Virginia on TV, and I know they have the good running backs."

A versatile runner, with some power to go along with good footwork, Selders measures in at five feet, 11 inches and 185 pounds.

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