Gwaltney chooses West Virginia

Wisconsin was one of many teams in pursuit of star running back

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The recruiting process did not last long for Jason Gwaltney, one of the top junior class prospects in the country. Gwaltney, from North Babylon, N.Y., gave a verbal commitment to West Virginia Monday following an unofficial visit to Morgantown, according to


"I hadn't planned on committing so soon, but I wanted to get the pressure off so I could concentrate on my senior season," Gwaltney said. "I want to be able to focus on winning another championship, and my dad thought it was a good idea to go ahead and get it out of the way."


"I just liked the surroundings and everything about (West Virginia)," he added. "The facilities were great.


"It's in a nice quiet town, and the campus was beautiful. Really, everything about it was beautiful. I just liked it all."


Joining Gwaltney in making a commitment to the Mountaineers Monday was his half-brother Scooter Berry, who has paved Gwaltney's way as a fullback at North Babylon High School.


Gwaltney ran for 2,601 yards, 45 touchdowns and eight 200-yard rushing games as a junior. With 5,112 career rushing yards he is only 729 yards shy of former Wisconsin running back Jerone Pettus' Long Island record.


Many schools were recruiting Gwaltney including USC, Michigan, Penn Sate, Boston College, Wisconsin, Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Maryland. All but the Trojans and Wolverines had offered a scholarship.


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