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Mountaineers OL Adds Quality, Quantity


As soon as 7 a.m. rolled around Wednesday morning, the fax machine at West Virginia University's football facility was in constant use.

The program first announced the players who had already enrolled in classes before sending out releases with biographies of all of the most recent additions to the 2014 signing class. Many were familiar names as they had been recruited and previously committed to the Mountaineers, but one had yet to give his word – publicly, at least – to the WVU football staff.

He's a tough one to miss, too.

Dontae Angus, a young man whose last name is fitting of his size and his position, signed with West Virginia in a move that completed his decommitment from the University of Florida.

Listed at 6-foot-6, 330 pounds, Angus is a grown man playing high school football. He is now a member of the Mountaineers after staying in contact with WVU cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell despite his commitment to the Gators.

"The relationship I had with the young man that I started early on in the process paid dividends with us the past couple of weeks," Mitchell said of Angus while appearing on WVU's official signing day coverage. "He's a young man that I think has a tremendous future. I think his upside is just unbelievable."

Mitchell proceeded to rattle off a list of the natural abilities Angus possesses, including size, quickness and the ability to bend. He does note that these natural abilities have not necessarily translated into the young man reaching his potential as a football player, but the tools are in place to make considerable strides once he arrives in Morgantown.

"Boy, he is raw, but you see all the talent, you see a young man that wants to be great," said Mitchell.

Hailing from Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia, Angus is a major piece of the puzzle that the West Virginia staff set out to complete with the 2014 class.

Recruiting coordinator Ryan Dorchester says there was a real effort on the coaches' part to bring in the quality and quantity of offensive linemen that could help the Mountaineers not only in the coming season, but for years to come.

"We're going to have more guys on scholarship on the offensive line than we've had since I've been here," said Dorchester. "You hear coaches say it all the time, it all starts up front. You need to have bodies, which breeds competition, which hopefully brings out the best in the kids that you've recruited. That was an area that we targeted."

Apparently that is precisely the approach offensive line coach Ron Crook wants the staff to take when it comes to recruiting his position. He wants bodies and he wants men who will compete for a job. Beyond that, he can handle turning them into the player WVU needs them to be on game day.

"He's not a guy that gets caught up in a whole lot of this or that," Dorchester said of Crook. "He's just says give me some guys and let me develop them."

In addition to Angus, the Mountaineers announced the signing of three other offensive linemen, including one from just down the road in Morgantown High School's Amanii Brown. A 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect, Brown called his commitment a no-brainer when he initially decided he would become a Mountaineer.

Also on the list are Sylvester Townes (6-foot-6, 285 pounds), Justin Scott (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) and Walter Rauterkus (6-foot-6, 286 pounds). 

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