Western Kentucky added another to its strong 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday evening.
Tight end Steven Witchoskey of Plant City (Fla.) Durant announced his commitment to the Hilltoppers via the social media platform Twitter and spoke with WKU Insider shortly after. The 6-foot-4, 238-pound Witchoskey collected a number of scholarships, but eventually chose WKU over Marshall and South Florida. Central Michigan, FIU, South Alabama and Troy were among the others to extend a scholarship offer.
A strong relationship with the coaching staff and continual attention helped proved the difference.
"They recruited me the hardest out of all the schools," he said. "A big thing was that Saturday morning I got letters from every single coach there, 11 personal letters, so that was a big thing."
"I just really felt that I was apart of the family while I was on an unofficial visit there over the summer."
WKU wide receivers coach Bryan Ellis was the first to reach out Witchoseky and tight ends coach Tony Levine was also quick to build a relationship.
"He really made it personal and I like that," he said. "He told me exactly what I needed to hear and was very blunt and I respected that."
Witchoskey listed a number of positives from his trip to Bowling Green and time on The Hill, including its proximity to Nashville and Louisville, the history and tradition of WKU, along with the program's impressive facilities.
"The buildings are really cool and when I went to the dorms my jaw dropped because they were so nice," he said. "The football facilities and the field remind of a Power 5 school and I really think they are going to do big things over the next couple years."
Witchoskey is WKU's fifth commitment for the class of 2017 from the Sunshine State.