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2015 Commit Shriner Brings Selflessness to WVU DL

 Alec Shriner isn’t worried about his own statistics or any of his own accolades. The only stat that he bothers to take interest in is his team’s overall record.

As a nose tackle for Oviedo (Fla.) High School, that mentality has worked well for him and it will continue to serve him as he transitions into the college game following his senior season in the fall.

Shriner committed to West Virginia University last week, adding his name to a recruiting class that continues to grow as one of the nation’s top 20 efforts according to Rivals.com. At 6-foot-3, 281 pounds, many of the programs that showed interest in Shriner preferred him to play on the interior of their offensive line, but the Mountaineers saw him better suited for the other side of the trenches.

“There’s no big preference for either side of the ball, but I love playing nose tackle,” Shriner said over the weekend. “I’m looking forward to getting after it in the trenches.”

Following in the footsteps of former WVU defenders like Chris Neild and Shaq Rowell, Shriner has prepared himself for a position that is thankless, but also the tone-setter for the rest of the unit. He understands that while he takes on multiple blockers, his teammates will be the ones collecting tackles and sacks and roars of applause from the home crowd, but that doesn’t concern him.

His job is to play his role.

“I’m not a selfish guy. I can just go out there and I can play football,” Shriner said. “As long as I’m playing football and having fun, I don’t need any glory or anything.”

Morgantown High School’s Stone Wolfley is the only other defensive lineman currently committed for the 2015 class, as he and Shriner look forward to the opportunity to work under WVU DL Coach Tom Bradley. Knowing Bradley’s credentials from his time at Penn State has given Shriner even more interest in the Mountaineers, and ranks as his top reason for choosing to commit ahead of his senior season.

“No. 1 is probably the coaches, No. 2 is the program and No. 3 is the facilities. It’s just an all-around good fit for me,” Shriner said. “With all the technique that [Coach Bradley] has and all those years of experience in coaching, he’s a great guy and he’s a great coach and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”

For Shriner, the family atmosphere he felt when he visited Morgantown helped push him toward his decision. He isn’t only growing close with Coach Bradley and his recruiting coach, Joe DeForest, but he also has close ties with his former high school teammates Tyree Owens, a member of WVU’s 2014 recruiting class.

“It’s a great leg up to have Tyree up there. I’ll already have that brotherhood connection,” Shriner said of the 6-foot-3, 236-pound defensive end. “I know the workouts are a little tough for him, but I know he’s ready for the challenge and he’s been getting after it.”

Now that he is committed, Shriner says he will have a different experience this fall when he watches college football. He now has a real rooting interest in his future teammates and the program that he’ll identify himself with from now until he graduates from WVU.

He wants other Florida kids to have the same feeling, so he’s already begun talking to some other Sunshine State prospects to get them even more interested in the Mountaineers.

“I’m actually trying to get some of the guys that I know from down here who have offers from West Virginia up there,” Shriner said. “I’m trying to get them all to commit because it’s a beautiful place and I know that it’s an honor for me to be able to play up there.” 

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