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Morgantown High's Amanii Brown to WVU a "No-Brainer"


West Virginia's latest football commitment came from just down the road in the University City.

On Tuesday, Morgantown High School offensive lineman Amanii Brown verbally committed to the WVU staff for the 2014 season, ending a recruiting process that he always hoped would result in becoming a Mountaineer.

"It's been a no-brainer for me," says Brown. "Ever since I was young, I've always known I wanted to go to WVU. I've always been a fan, ever since I actually started to like football."

Brown, listed at 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, has played for Coach John Bowers since his sophomore season. Heading into his junior campaign, he is practicing as a tackle, but his versatility has allowed him to see action at multiple positions along the line throughout his high school career.

"I'm very versatile. I've played center, guard and tackle throughout my whole career. I've also long snapped, PAT snapped, everything," Brown says. "They haven't really informed me of what I'm playing, but I hope to get on the offensive line and not just a special teams player. I'm fine with being a special teams player, but to actually be on the offensive line, blocking for the quarterback – I think it'll be Clint Trickett this year – just blocking for the quarterback and the running backs would be great."

There you have Brown's assessment of the quarterback battle that will go a long way in defining the season before he arrives at WVU.

In truth, his is a good brain to pick when it comes to information regarding the program. He's only been watching it for as long as he can remember.

"I've toured the facilities many times and every time I tour the facilities and watch the videos, I'm like, ‘Man, I want to be a part of this so bad.' Now I get to be a part of it," he says. "Even if it's just practice squad the first couple of years, I'm fine with that, I'm just excited to be part of it."

Bowers touts his senior lineman for what he is capable of on the field and the work he has put in to help the program find success in recent years, but he also lauds Brown for the person he is when the pads are off and the game is over.

"He's got so much of an upside as a football player," says Brown. "He's a great person. I'd let him babysit my own children in a heartbeat. That tells you a lot about what kind of kid he is."

Former WVU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh initially handled Brown's recruiting before he left the program for Oklahoma earlier this offseason. The next coach to take over was new Mountaineers safety coach Tony Gibson and ultimately Ron Crook, Bedenbaugh's replacement.

Brown says he developed a close bond with each of the coaches and considers Coach Gibson a good friend.

"As soon as Tony got back into town, all of the high school coaches in West Virginia were very, very excited," Coach Bowers says of Gibson. "Tony Gibson's a great person, he's a West Virginia guy, he loves West Virginia and if there's a kid in West Virginia, he's going to get him. He's an exceptional recruiter, he's honest, he's forthright."

Brown calls his commitment a relief, knowing that he is locked in with the Mountaineers and will be able to attend college with a full scholarship, an opportunity that he says will give him an "unlimited" future once his playing days are over.

For now, his focus is on his senior season at MHS and what he will do to prepare for the start of his career at the next level.
"Coach Crook is a very good coach, he knows what he's talking about," says Brown. "WVU is a passing offense, the Air Raid, as people call it. Pass blocking is my specialty, so I feel like I fit in with that." 

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