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Napoleon's WVU Visit Ties Knot on Strong Commitment


A breakfast with the coaches finished off Brandon Napoleon's official visit to WVU on Sunday morning.

Committed since June, Napoleon has come to campus many times in an unofficial capacity, but this weekend everything finally started becoming more real. Glancing around at members of the staff that he'll be playing for in just a few months' time, he felt certain that his decision to join the Mountaineers was the right one.

"I got comfortable with all the coaches the first three times I came up," says Napoleon, a 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back. "These guys are great people and that's what West Virginia produces – great people and great individuals – that's what my family stands for, the morals and all that and they show the same type of morals."

Napoleon, whose father Eugene played for West Virginia in the 80s, has felt a connection with Morgantown for quite some time. In recent months, he's been showing his interest in the program publicly with an occasional tweet about WVU.

As the Mountaineers work to complete their coaching staff, Napoleon kept a close eye on all the latest speculation and developments and expressed his thoughts through the social media platform.

For the entire season, he's paid attention to the football team as though he were already signed and added to the roster. He felt the highs of WVU's successes as well as the sting of any failure, even watching from his hometown of Jersey City, New Jersey where he's rated the state's 26th-best player according to

"It was crazy," he says. "The Pitt game, I almost had a heart attack, me and my dad watching it. It's just like being a player that's not playing, but you know you're still part of the team. You're going to be with those guys next year so you want to see them do well, you want to see them progress."

Hosting Napoleon on his visit was West Virginia freshman cornerback Terrell Chestnut, a highly rated recruit who sat out his first season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Along with Chestnut, Napoleon spent most of his time with running back Andrew Buie, both of whom he was familiar with prior to the weekend from 7-on-7 camps and through other relationships in high school football.

There were also obviously other recruits with him for much of the time and as he and Mountaineer commit J.T. Washington already knew all the reasons why he chose West Virginia University for his college football, he decided to share them with other prospects who hadn't yet made up their minds.

"I was doing that the whole trip. Me and J.T. were trying to get Schyler Miles, the linebacker from Florida, and Clint Heaven, the safety from Florida, to commit the whole time," says Napoleon. "I think we did a good job and hopefully we'll get one of them."

Napoleon says Holgorsen spoke with him about coaching changes being made, but asked him not to share any of the information he was told. Regardless of the coaches, he knows he committed to WVU itself and not one man, so he remains confident that changes he's aware of will work out for the program.

On Tuesday, both Holgorsen and assistant coach Daron Roberts are expected to visit him at his home in New Jersey. Rather than spend time coaxing uncommitted athletes to join the program, they'll be taking time to see one who has remained loyal.

"It means a lot," says Napoleon. "It means I'm an important piece to this project that they're trying to build at West Virginia and as Coach Holgorsen was telling me before, he's happy I've stayed committed. A lot of coaches wouldn't do that."

But Napoleon knows these coaches would, and that in itself is a reason to remain steadfast in his commitment.  

"That's why I committed in the first place is for the school, Coach [Dana] Holgorsen and the tradition. It should be a great four years."

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