The Times West Virginian

August 22, 2013

All expected WVU football recruits in

By Bob Hertzel
For the Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — School’s in.

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

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.


West Virginia University women’s soccer forward Frances Silva has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.

The award recognizes student-athletes that have excelled in four areas - classroom, character, community and competition.

“When you have an athlete represent our university and our women’s soccer program with an award that recognizes excellence in the classroom and on the field, the only thing that comes to mind is how proud I am,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “It is a huge reflection of Frances’ character, excelling both in the classroom and on the playing field. All her hard work has paid off, and it is a tremendous award for her to be nominated for.”

Silva graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism, while maintaining a 3.97 cumulative grade-point average. In 2013, she received the Jerry P. Wilkins Scholarship and was the Dr. Gerald Lage Award winner, the highest academic honor given by the Big 12 Conference. Silva is currently a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in sport management.

In the community, Silva has been involved in numerous youth camps and clinics to help teach the game of soccer. She also has been active, along with her teammates, in raising money to fund research for a cure for breast cancer. The women’s soccer program has raised more than $100,000 for the cause.

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