West Virginia can chalk up its latest commitment — two-star junior college defensive end Dontrill Hyman — to the recent addition of assistant coach Brian Mitchell.

Mitchell recruited Hyman to East Carolina two years ago, and subsequently steered the defensive end to Hinds (Miss.) Community College after he failed to qualify.

“Things with Hyman moved rather quickly with West Virginia in the last week,” said Keenan Cummings, senior writer with WVSports.com of the Rivals network. “Although he had been on the radar, an in-home visit with Dana Holgorsen, Erik Slaughter and Brian Mitchell convinced him to take an official visit to Morgantown last weekend, and he had pulled the trigger in the Mountaineers’ favor by weekend’s end.”

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Dontroll Hyman made 7.5 sacks and 61 total tackles as a junior college sophomore.

Hyman, who said he’s in good academic standing now, registered 7.5 sacks last season and finished third on the Hinds defense with 61 tackles. He also fielded offers from LSU, Mississippi State and ECU.

“Hyman is a pass rusher with explosiveness off the edge, but will need to add a little more weight to his frame once he arrives in Morgantown,” Cummings said. “His addition definitely will improve the Mountaineers ability to get after the passer, but Hyman also isn’t afraid to be active in the run game.

“It’s too early to tell about the possibility of moving around to other positions on the defensive line until he’s in the weightroom, but it was a position that West Virginia needed to address with some of the remaining spots in this class.”

Hyman will have three years to play two at WVU.

National Signing Day is Wednesday.

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  • Lamar

    He is a beast on the field but man does he have issues. Not sure if he can handle WVU...he barely could handle hinds with help. Look at his background...ECU. He has problems with his grades always been that way.

  • wvufan

    How do you know this info??

    • wvufan

      I played with him for a year and we have mutual friends.

  • Lamar

    Hyman may not be making it to WVU. The word around HindsCC football team is his girlfriend of 2years was helping him with his work (more like doing his work) this past spring so he could come to WVU and soon as he passed he dumped her. He told her thank you for getting him get to WVU but bye. Said he would find better lmao! She was supposed to attend WVU with him so she stayed by his side through all his issues and was with him when he didn't even have money to eat at night and borrowing our teammates shoes. Hell I'll take her. biggrin

    Its rumors he paid off a teacher to pass him also. I believe Hinds is investigating it now because the same teacher offered that deal to another player currently on the team. Hyman has the wrong ppl in his ear and he is taking it all in and enjoying the ride. But Coach say he is failing all his summer classes and wants to take his scholarship. This man is trouble...paying off teachers, taking money from recruits and has a record. He stole so much of his teammates belongings its crazy. Ask any of his old teammates...He is shady. I heard the WVU staff hired someone to take some of his classes for him because they needed him so bad. But that's Just a little current fyi.noidea

  • Shawn

    This kid will be a lights out player. The coaching staff has really went after some kids who fit both the offensive and defensive systems. This will be a semi rebuilding year and I think the 2014 team will be one of the best we've seen in a long time.

  • Hop'sHip

    I'm looking at BlueGoldNews.com and they have him starless. Can't we recruit somebody who at least has an asterisk*?

  • Wemakerain

    So what's with the discrepancy on this guy? He is a 4 star on 24/7 a 3 star on espn and then also a 2 star? He got offers from Alabama, Miss State, and ECU too so he is definitely a solid get.

  • Shawn


    Do you have any information on any of the current recruits? How about Dreamius Smith?

  • Shawn

    Another good pickup is gonna be Dreamius Smith and Kevin White. Both will see action this fall.

  • Shawn

    I'll take a 6'4 265 lb DE....good pick up for WVU. They are focusing on JC players and I think you definitely need a few kids who can step right in and make an impact. They have a few more on the radar on both the Offensive and Defensive sides of the ball.