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Peculiar (Mo.) Raymore safety Zerryn Gines committed to the Hilltoppers on Monday evening

Western Kentucky has added a preferred walk-on for the 2017 class

Western Kentucky picked up another for the 2017 roster on Monday evening with safety Zerryn Gines announcing his intentions to become a Hilltopper.

Gines, a 6-foot, 195-pound athlete will join WKU as a preferred walk-on and will be part of the team's roster this season.

"When I went on my visit i just felt like I had been there already, and I felt at home," he told WKU Insider.  "The atmosphere was perfect and most importantly the team is a family and that's what I'm looking to be apart of."

As a senior at Raymore-Peculiar, Gines totaled 95 tackles, with 54 solo stops, including five sacks.  He also had a pair of interceptions and seven pass breakups.

He received a scholarship offer from Mississippi Valley State and a host of Division II programs in the Mid-America Conference.  The opportunity to play FBS-level ball at WKU is something that he didn't want to pass on and is motivated to prove his value.

"I'm just so glad they did, and I will not let them down," he said.  "I'm gonna work hard in the weight room and on the field to show them that it wasn't a mistake picking me up"

Gines anticipates arriving on The Hill on July 29.

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