West Virginia University’s nose guard vacancy may be filled by the man most likely to fill it all along, according to published reports out of the Big East Media Day in Newport, R.I., on Wednesday.
Jorge Wright, who was at the top of the depth chart at the end of spring practice but fell from grace when arrested for having a small amount of marijuana and a gun in his car the night before the spring game, has been with the team during summer workouts and is anticipated being there when coach Dana Holgorsen opens his first camp on Friday.
Wright’s arrest came on coach Bill Stewart’s watch, and he was suspended from the team at that time.
Holgorsen, however, apparently cleared him to work out shortly after taking over as head coach.
“I’m comfortable with where he’s at,’’ Holgorsen was quoted as saying by the Charleston Gazette. “I’ve talked to a lot of people involved on it and I’m OK with him proceeding as a football player. If anything changes from a legal aspect we’ll handle it then.’’
The case is still pending, but you suspect that some kind of deal will be worked out that either clears Wright or keeps him enrolled in school and from serving any jail time.
Wright is a 6-foot-2, 281-pound junior from Miami, whose presence is significant because of the loss of veteran nose guard Chris Neild to the NFL.
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WVU added its 18th commitment on Wednesday when Korey Harris announced he would attend the school, according to Rivals.com.
Harris is the third defensive end in the class.
A three-star prospect, Harris is a 6-4, 230-pounder out of Bertram High in Florida.
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West Virginia’s men’s soccer team was ranked No. 22 nationally by College Soccer News and No. 24 by Goal.com.