News spread around the halls of Morgantown High School quickly on Friday. Nathan Adrian's commitment to WVU was no secret and it didn't take long for his peers to acknowledge it.
"People are proud of me," says Adrian. "They're telling me congratulations. I've got a lot of support."
A West Virginian playing under scholarship at WVU hasn't happened in quite a few years and the importance of such a feat is not lost on Adrian or his head coach, Tom Yester.
"I don't know how much Nathan realizes this, but he'll be a fan darling if he'll go in and do his job and work because they'll obviously gravitate to him being a local guy and a state guy and in town especially," says Yester.
"It's very important to me because I know I've got a lot of people expecting stuff from me, so I want to make them proud," says Adrian.
Before he gets his chance to make them proud, he still has two seasons left in high school. He says he didn't hesitate to commit early because he's always known he wanted to attend WVU and now that the decision is behind him, he can focus solely on his current team and not any potential future one.
"If a coach comes to my game, I don't have to worry about it as much because I already know where I want to be and I know where I'm going to be," says Adrian.
Adrian came into Coach Bob Huggins' office Thursday night to tell him and assistant coach Larry Harrison the good news and he says both were excited to hear he had made up his mind in their favor.
One bonus he sees from committing so early is that in the coming seasons he can work to mold himself the way the WVU staff wants him to be. The biggest thing he needs to work on right now is taking his 6-foot-9, 195-pound frame and adding some beef to it.
"They want me to get a little bit stronger, a little bit bigger to be able to compete with being in the Big East because it's a big conference," he says. "Other than that, they like how I can shoot and be able to extend the floor."
Adrian's goal is to reach about 225 pounds before he begins his collegiate career.
In order to do so, he's putting in extra work with a local trainer and increasing his food intake tenfold and he believes he's making progress.
He's still got two years to get exactly where he'd like to be.