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Sean Walters Commits to WVU, Plans Early Enrollment


Sean Walters came to the WVU Coliseum Saturday night knowing that in just over a month, he'll be able to attend Mountaineers games in the student section.

Just before the 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety joined other football recruits to check out Bob Huggins and his team take on Miami, Walters met with Dana Holgorsen to let him know he was committing for the 2012 season.

"I came to Coach Holgorsen after practice and I just told him man to man, face to face that I wanted to commit and I wanted to be one of his guys," says Walters. "It was just a go from there. He was excited and I just can't wait to get there."

Walters is wrapping up work at Hallandale High School in Florida and plans to enroll at West Virginia University in January.

His visit to campus went just as planned with a chance to watch Saturday's practice being the highlight of the trip. It was there that he realized just how much he enjoys the staff and the current roster of players and how well he believes he could fit in as a Mountaineer.

"It was a great experience," says Walters. "I had a great time watching Coach Holgorsen interact with all the players and everything like that. It really showed a lot in why I committed. He can be very demanding at times from his players because he wants the best from them, but at the same time, he's a player's coach and that's something big on my part."

Respecting his head coach is clearly important for Walters, but equally so is his relationship with safeties coach Steve Dunlap. As an early enrollee, Walters hopes to quickly bypass the learning curve that hampers many freshmen and begin working toward having a real role on the team once the season begins.

In talking with Dunlap, he's increasingly confident that he could accomplish just that in his first year with the program if he puts in the time and effort from the moment he joins it.

"He basically told me everything there is to know as far as how their defense works and how the safeties work," says Walters, who believes he will play bandit safety at WVU. "I can play multiple positions. I played it all in high school as far as defense. That's a real big key in my interaction with Coach Dunlap. It gave me an insight on how he wants things done."

Walters says that when he watched practice, WVU junior Terence Garvin was relegated to the sideline recovering from an injury he sustained against South Florida, but he has watched the veteran safety and plans to continue to learn from him in his first season in Morgantown.

Another safety who gives him motivation is Shaq Petteway, a freshman who has seen significant playing time on special teams and has had a role on defense as well in year one with the program. Seeing firsthand that a freshman can get on the field for West Virginia is proof to Walters that the coaches are being straight with him in their high expectations.

Hallandale is about 25 minutes from Miami, where WVU will soon relocate for Orange Bowl preparation at the end of the month. Walters is looking forward to joining his future teammates at practice throughout the week and is excited to have the Mountaineers playing such a big game right around the corner.

"It really benefits a lot since they'll be playing on a big stage," he says. "It's a real step up for the program. I just can't wait to get there." 

Just days after the Mountaineers come to visit his neck of the woods, Walters will turn right back around and move into his new dorm room to begin his freshman season at West Virginia.

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WVU also received a verbal commitment from Kimlon Dillon, a 6-2, 180-pound safety from Apopka, Fla. over the weekend. Dillon is rated the 38th best safety in the nation and was recruited to the Mountaineers by cornerbacks coach Dave Lockwood.

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