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  Last week, linebacker Tirek Austin-Cave revealed his intention to transfer from Miami (Florida) to West Virginia. On Monday, WVU confirmed the official signing of the 6-foot-1, 225-pound sophomore. A native of Pennsauken, New Jersey, Austin-Cave is the ninth transfer from a Division I college to sign with the Mountaineers as part of their class of 2022. Running back Lyn-J Dixon (Clemson), defensive back Marcis Floyd (Murray State), placekicker Parker Grothaus (Florida State), defensive lineman Zeiqui Lawton (Cincinnati) and tight end Brian Polendey all enrolled at WVU in January and went through spring practice with coach Neal Brown's program.

A three-star prospect coming out of Camden (New Jersey) High School, Austin-Cave picked Miami over an offer list that also included West Virginia, Baylor, Minnesota, Rutgers, Pitt, Syracuse, Nebraska and others. He had 148 tackles, 11 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and a blocked punt as a senior in high school in 2019, leading Camden to the New Jersey Central Group 2 championship game. The inside linebacker earned first-team all-conference, first-team All-South Jersey and first-team all-state honors in his senior season. Austin-Cave is expected to be used at middle linebacker by the Mountaineers, where he'll compete for playing time with Lee Kpogba, a junior college transfer who enrolled at WVU in January. - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2025 OLB Tirek Austin-CaveWest Virginia
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  05/13/22 - Dante StillsrJr/2024, West Virginia, 6-2, 280 (DS#13 DT) + More +

  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Defensive tackle Dante Stills is looking to mirror a 2021 season in which he was named to the All-Big 12 first team with seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss. The 6-4, 280-pound senior's presence takes on added importance this season after the transfers of several key players, including nose guard Akheem Mesidor, cornerback Nicktroy Fortune and linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo, the team's leading tackler. - AP College Football

(DS#13 DT) rJr/2024 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  West Virginia tight end Brian Polendey should try to work out a name, image and likeness deal with Greyhound bus lines, because he truly has traveled the USA from coast to coast. Some of Polendey's moves came because of his father's job - he was a manager for UPS - and others came because Brian was looking for better football opportunities. That search has led him to West Virginia, where he hopes to cap his final collegiate season with a productive campaign at tight end. "I played my first season of high school football in the state of Washington, but then halfway through my freshman year we moved to the state of Texas," explained Polendey, who developed into a three-star tight end at Guyer High School, which is in the northeast corner of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. He signed with Miami (Fla.) "I spent three seasons there, and then I played two seasons at Colorado State, and then I transferred here in January."

Now a super senior, the 6-foot-4, 252-pound Polendey has been known for his blocking in his previous stops. He's caught just one pass in a regular-season game to this point in his college career, that coming during his sophomore season at Miami, which was cut short because of a knee injury. West Virginia's coaches saw an excellent blocker in Polendey, and that analysis played out through spring practice, where the tight end lived up to his physical reputation. But the Mountaineers also saw a better pass catcher than they anticipated - Polendey pulled in a reception for 10 yards in the Gold-Blue game while showing the ability to be a consistent receiver throughout spring practice. - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#999 TE) rSr/2023 TE Brian PolendeyWest Virginia
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  It took a bit longer than West Virginia had originally hoped, but linebacker Tirek Austin-Cave is a Mountaineer. Originally recruited by Neal Brown's first WVU staff in 2019 out of Camden High School in New Jersey, Austin-Cave committed to the University of Miami, where he saw action on special teams as a true freshman in 2020 and spot duty as a backup linebacker in 2021. He also had offers from Power Five schools Baylor, Kansas State, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Rutgers and Syracuse. With three years of eligibility remaining, Austin-Cave has plenty of time to work his way into the rotation at WVU.

He will be joining the competition for time behind expected starters Lee Kpogba and Lance Dixon at the mike and will positions, where Exree Loe, who missed all of spring with an injury, and young Ja'Corey Hammett are currently spotted as backups. With his size and strength, Austin-Cave could also slot in as a bandit if the need arises, or if his skill set proves more suited to that position. - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#999 OLB) rSo/2025 OLB Tirek Austin-CaveWest Virginia
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  05/07/22 - Jasir CoxrSr/2023, West Virginia, 6-0, 209 (DS#999 OLB) + More +

  West Virginia University has confirmed that Jasir Cox, a 6-foot-1, 209-pound fifth-year senior from Kansas City, Missouri, has signed a grant-in-aid and will transfer to WVU from North Dakota State. He will be used on the defensive side of the ball. A four-year veteran of the Bison program, Cox earned second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 2021 on the strength of 58 tackles, including three for losses and 1.5 sacks.

He showed his ability to play in space with three pass interceptions and two pass breakups. That backed up an excellent 2020 season in which he had 10 tackles, including 2.5 for losses and a sack. He also appeared in 23 combined games in 2018 and 2019, and totaled 124 tackles, eight TFLs, 10 pass breakups and two forced fumbles during his four years and 47 games at NDSU. Cox will be immediately eligible for WVU. Cox follows the career trajectory of his brother, Jabril Cox, who also started his career at North Dakota State before transferring to LSU. Jabril is now a linebacker for the NFL Dallas Cowboys. - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#999 OLB) rSr/2023 OLB Jasir CoxWest Virginia
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  05/06/22 - JT DanielsrSr/2023, West Virginia, 6-3, 210 (DS#12 QB) + More +

  WVU officially adds Georgia quarterback transfer JT Daniels: WVU coach Neal Brown announced JT Daniels, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound redshirt senior quarterback from Irvine, Calif., signed a grant-in-aid and will transfer to WVU from Georgia. Though he is listed as a senior, Daniels has two years of eligibility remaining due to the free COVID year granted by the NCAA. Daniels is a former 5-star prospect, reuniting with Graham Harrell, who served as his offensive coordinator at USC in 2019. Harrell now holds the same position with the Mountaineers. Injuries have derailed Daniels' time at his previous two stops.

After being named the starting QB at USC in 2018, where he started 11 games as a true freshman, an ACL injury the following season forced him to the bench. Kedon Slovis, who is now projected to be the starter at Pitt, took over and played well, forcing Daniels to hit the transfer portal. Daniels and Slovis could meet head-to-head Sept. 1 when the Backyard Brawl resumes at Heinz Field. Daniels, at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, transferred to Georgia, but his recovery caused him to miss the early part of the 2020 season, but he did start the final four games, including a Peach Bowl victory over Cincinnati. - Dominion Post


(DS#12 QB) rSr/2023 QB JT DanielsWest Virginia
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  05/05/22 - Dante StillsrJr/2024, West Virginia, 6-2, 280 (DS#13 DT) + More +

  Now entering his fifth season with West Virginia, defensive lineman and former Fairmont Senior standout Dante Stills knows he's the old man when it comes to the Mountaineer roster. And after 15 spring practices, even he admitted he was feeling as such. "It was practice nine or 10 you really start to feel it on your body," Stills said after Saturday's Gold-Blue Game. "Your hands, your fingers start to hurt - your feet, your knees … I feel old, but I'm not." Perhaps not in terms of his age, but from the perspective of playing experience, Stills is about as old as a college football player can be. A freshman All-American according to The Athletic and ESPN.com all the way back in 2018, Stills has been a constant contributor to the WVU defense in each of his four seasons.

But after mulling over leaving to enter the NFL Draft, Stills saw enough holes in his game via film to realize that he needed to return. Some of what he saw boiled down solely to effort. Lack of consistency also stuck out to him. He reiterated that those were the targets when it came to his spring work. "What I wanted to work on was consistency running to the ball," Stills said. "There were plays last year where if I saw the ball across the field, for some reason I didn't try to go get him and show some effort. So, that was my main thing this year was to run to the ball, be around the ball. That was my thing." - Charleston Gazette-Mail


(DS#13 DT) rJr/2024 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  West Virginia filled one of its needs for the 2022 football season with the addition of transfer defensive lineman Mike Lockhart. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder could play either nose or tackle for the Mountaineers this year, and provides another depth element for a WVU defense that has been heavily rebuilt on the back end but needed one additional piece up front to give it the flexibility it had a season ago. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Lockhart played three seasons for Georgia Tech, appearing in 25 games from 2019-21 and starting seven. He recorded 28 tackles (3.5 for losses) before entering the transfer portal prior to the Yellow Jackets' spring practice this year. - Charleston Gazette-Mail

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2025 DT Mike LockhartWest Virginia
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  12/29/22 - Casey LeggrSr/2023, West Virginia, 6-3, 213 (DS#4 K) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Casey Legg (PK, STPoY),...The Big 12 Conference has announced its annual All-Big 12 Conference teams and individual awards, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention were Alonzo Addae (DB), Leddie Brown (RB), Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WR), James Gmiter (OL), Casey Legg (PK), Sean Mahone (DB), Akheem Mesidor (DL), Wyatt Milum (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P) and Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR). - West Virginia Football

(DS#4 K) rSr/2023 K Casey LeggWest Virginia
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  12/29/22 - Tyler SumpterrSr/2022, West Virginia, 5-09, 220 (DS#32 P) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Tyler Sumpter (P),...The Big 12 Conference has announced its annual All-Big 12 Conference teams and individual awards, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention were Alonzo Addae (DB), Leddie Brown (RB), Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WR), James Gmiter (OL), Casey Legg (PK), Sean Mahone (DB), Akheem Mesidor (DL), Wyatt Milum (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P) and Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR). - West Virginia Football

(DS#32 P) rSr/2022 P Tyler SumpterWest Virginia
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  12/29/22 - Dante StillsrJr/2024, West Virginia, 6-2, 280 (DS#13 DT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Dante Stills (DLoY),...Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention were Alonzo Addae (DB), Leddie Brown (RB), Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WR), James Gmiter (OL), Casey Legg (PK), Sean Mahone (DB), Akheem Mesidor (DL), Wyatt Milum (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P) and Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR). - West Virginia Football

(DS#13 DT) rJr/2024 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  12/29/22 - Wyatt MilumSo/2025, West Virginia, 6-5, 291 (DS#4 OT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Wyatt Milum (OL, OFoY),...The Big 12 Conference has announced its annual All-Big 12 Conference teams and individual awards, as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention were Alonzo Addae (DB), Leddie Brown (RB), Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WR), James Gmiter (OL), Casey Legg (PK), Sean Mahone (DB), Akheem Mesidor (DL), Wyatt Milum (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P) and Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR). - West Virginia Football

(DS#4 OT) So/2025 OT Wyatt MilumWest Virginia
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  12/29/22 - Sean MahonerSr/2022, West Virginia, 5-11, 203 (DS#35 SS) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Sean Mahone (DB),...Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention were Alonzo Addae (DB), Leddie Brown (RB), Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WR), James Gmiter (OL), Casey Legg (PK), Sean Mahone (DB), Akheem Mesidor (DL), Wyatt Milum (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P) and Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR). - West Virginia Football

(DS#35 SS) rSr/2022 SS Sean MahoneWest Virginia
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  12/27/21 - Dante StillsrJr/2024, West Virginia, 6-2, 280 (DS#13 DT) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DL Dante Stills, West Virginia, Sr.,...Defensive lineman Dante Stills earned a spot on the first-team defense. He started all 12 games and finished with 32 tackles, including 25 solo stops, a team-leading six sacks and team-leading 13 tackles for loss. He also had six quarterback hurries, forced a fumble and had an interception. During his career, Stills has registered 107 tackles, including 67 solo stops, 41½ tackles for loss, 18 sacks and four forced fumbles. He is third on WVU's career tackle for loss list and is No. 8 on the all-time sack list. - West Virginia Football

(DS#13 DT) rJr/2024 DT Dante StillsWest Virginia
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  12/27/21 - James GmiterrSr/2023, West Virginia, 6-3, 298 (DS#45 OG) + More +

  2021 ALL-BIG 12 HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): James Gmiter (OL),...Earning All-Big 12 honorable mention were Alonzo Addae (DB), Leddie Brown (RB), Josh Chandler-Semedo (LB), Bryce Ford-Wheaton (WR), James Gmiter (OL), Casey Legg (PK), Sean Mahone (DB), Akheem Mesidor (DL), Wyatt Milum (OL), Tyler Sumpter (P) and Winston Wright Jr. (KR/PR, WR). - West Virginia Football

(DS#45 OG) rSr/2023 OG James GmiterWest Virginia
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