So are all of the expected West Virginia University football recruits.
The same cannot be said for basketball.
On Tuesday, freshman Darrien Howard, a beast of a linebacker at 6-2 and 250 pounds out of Dayton, Ohio’s, Chaminade-Julienne High, showed up in the student directory, which would indicate he had obtained clearance to enroll in school.
Howard was the last football recruit expected to enroll, meaning coach Dana Holgorsen landed every one of the members of this year’s recruiting class.
Howard is expected to leave his Dayton home Thursday.
“It’s a big relief. It feels so good to get this over with. The weight was really killing me. Now I actually get a chance to go down there, and it’s a great feeling,” he told WVSports.com
Basketball coach Bob Huggins, however, has two recruits who are not included in the student directory.
It doesn’t mean they won’t be by Friday, which is the final day they can enroll, so they still may be awaiting clearance.
But as of Wednesday afternoon, neither Elijah Macon nor Jonathan Holton was listed as part of the student body.
Macon is becoming basketball’s Tevita Finau, a football player who three times was supposed to enroll at WVU and never did, winding up eventually at Utah and then as a teammate of Geno Smith on the New York Jets.
Macon, a 6-4, 250-pound forward, was originally in Huggins’ 2012 recruiting class but did not qualify, forcing him back to prep school.
At the time he said he would honor the commitment this year and did, but has not yet enrolled.
Holton is the former Rhode Island star who was arrested for posting sex tapes online and then arrested again on a charge of stealing a laptop.
According to the Providence Journal, Holton pleaded no contest to one count of video voyeurism and the robbery charge was thrown out. He was placed on two years probation.
A talented player, Holton led Rhode Island in rebounding as a freshman.
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WVU kicker Molinari ‘All-American boy’
West Virginia kicker Mike Molinari may not be an All-American but he is an All-American boy.
He was honored for that on Wednesday when the Allstate Insurance Company and the American Football Coaches Association announced the West Virginia redshirt senior kicker/punter Michael Molinari is a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team.
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The last thing West Virginia’s struggling football program needed as twilight was setting on Bastille Day in Morgantown was to have one of its own whisked off to the North Central Regional Jail on a fugitive warrant from another state, especially a player who had figured to play a key role in the resurrection of a program gone bad.
WVU player arrested in Delaware case
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WVU hoping to add two non-conference contests
West Virginia is nearing the completion of deals to play football games against long-time rival Virginia Tech, now in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Tennessee of the Southeastern Conference, according to a source close to the negotiations.
An announcement is expected shortly.
HERTZEL COLUMN: MLB All-Star game biggest celebration of top athletes
You will pardon me if I find something else to do when the Pro Bowl rolls around, or if I try to find a “Three Stooges” marathon when it’s time for the NHL All-Star game. As for the NBA All-Star game, I’d rather watch a replay of a four-year-old Uruguay-Ethiopia World Cup soccer match in which I knew the outcome.
Howes learns to ‘never settle’ as WVU administrator
You probably don’t know much about Terri Howes, even though she is a rather high-ranking executive in the West Virginia University athletic department.
“I like it that way,” she said, sitting in a large office at the Coliseum, decorated with pictures and memorabilia, a jar of candy sitting by the door for visitors to dip into.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Rich Rod’s return not impossible
As you may guess, in the wake of LeBron James’ decision to let bygones be millions and return to his rooters in Cleveland, more than once was I approached with someone wanting to know if this opened the door for a return to West Virginia University of their once-reviled coach Rich Rodriguez.
HERTZEL COLUMN: Trickett best option as a leader
In the end, West Virginia University’s decision to place the mantle of starting quarterback upon veteran Clint Trickett was less about quarterback than it was about leadership.
This is not to say that Trickett lacks the talent to succeed as quarterback in coach Dana Holgorsen’s system.
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