Angus also had scholarship offers from Rutgers, Purdue and Temple, but WVU cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell was persistent and convinced Angus and his mother to visit the campus last weekend.
"Big bodies like that are hard to find," Holgorsen said. "He can play both sides of the ball. We've got him slotted on offense right now, but we'll see what happens."
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WVU SIGNED multiple players who are from Florida (five), Pennsylvania (four) and Ohio (two) and one player each who is from West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. The players from Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan and Tennessee played at a junior college in a different state (two in California and Mississippi and one in Kansas) while the player from Oklahoma played in a junior college in the state.
In all, high schools and junior colleges from 11 states are represented in the class.
"I think it's becoming more and more common across the United States," Holgorsen said. "Look where guys are signing and it's becoming more and more common to see guys leaving their home state to go other places. Our philosophy has been the same since I've been here: identify the local talent and do our absolute best to get them, focus hard on the surrounding states and go to the talent-rich areas in North Carolina, Atlanta, Florida, Texas and the junior colleges heading west."
WVU regularly recruits nine states - West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida - and splits the junior colleges into separate categories for the ones in Mississippi and in the Midwest.
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SEIDER SAID running back Dustin Garrison had his application for a medical redshirt approved. Garrison, the team's leading rusher in 2011 who tore an anterior cruciate ligament before the Orange Bowl, played only three games and rushed four times for 19 yards last season before injuring a hamstring. He'll be a fourth-year junior. ... Holgorsen said receiver Dante Campbell, who has endured shoulder injuries and surgeries since his freshman season in 2011, has received a medical hardship waiver. He's done playing with the team, but will remain on scholarship and won't count toward the scholarship limit.
Safeties coach Tony Gibson said safety K.J.Dillon, who missed the final two games after he was hospitalized for severe dehydration following the loss to Texas, is back with the team and participating without limitations. ... Holgorsen said quarterback Clint Trickett, who had shoulder surgery early last month, probably won't be cleared to participate at the start of spring practice. However, WVU's spring break is between the first and second weeks of practice and Holgorsen is hopeful Trickett, who was 2-5 as the starter, will be ready in time for the second week and the final 12 practices.
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