The Freeport, Pa., class of 2016 middle linebacker has always been a fan of the program, and quickly connected with associate head coach Tom Bradley. If the junior needed anything else to know West Virginia was the right place for him, he got it when he saw its Morgantown, W.Va., campus for the first time.
Thimons verbally committed to the Mountaineers Saturday afternoon, saying he saw no reason to wait any longer before making his pledge. The linebacker is the program’s first class of 2016 commitment.
“Prior to getting the offer, I knew West Virginia had been my number one choice,” Thimons said. “It’s always been my number one choice, and it’s a dream come true.
“They were my number one school, and I might as well commit and focus on my education and becoming the best player I can the next two years.”
West Virginia saw all it needed from the 6-foot-2, 210 pound linebacker after two camps this summer, one a three-day and the other a one day event. That’s where Thimons got to know Bradley, and the first-year Mountaineer coach also was the one who Thimons called to deliver the good news.
“I knew he was a great guy, and I got to spend some time with him and see how he interacted,” Thimons said of Bradley. “Everywhere he went, he was a great guy to be around and brought a good feel to every room he went to.
“He was so welcoming,” Thimons continued. “My mom got the first chance to meet him at the second camp, and a lot of high school coaches in the area like him.”
The Mountaineers’ facilities stood out too, as did the West Virginia community.
“The facilities are amazing,” Thimons said. “I just love the area and how involved everyone is with the football team and how they take care of each other.
“Everyone is supportive of their Mountaineers, and I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of. I love that.”
Thimons will focus his time now on doing everything he can to lead his Freeport team to a title while readying for life as a Mountaineer.
It’s a dream come true, he said, and now he wants to build on it.
“It’s a big kick in the butt because I’m officially going to be a part of a top Division I program,” Thimons said. “I have to crank up two notches and crank my training up because it’s a complete different game.
“I have to put my heart into every snap and prove I’m capable of playing in that level. I also want my high school and teammates to know my devotion to them.”