West Virginia received a couple of nice surprises on Wednesday’s signing day when junior college players Brandon Golson (linebacker) and Mario Alford (receiver) switched from Arizona to West Virginia, following new WVU assistant Tony Gibson.

Golson and Alford’s head coach at Georgia Military College, Bert Williams, was a guest on Friday’s MetroNews Statewide Sportsline.

Brandon Golson

“The relationship they had built with Tony (Gibson) was the biggest thing,” Williams said. “It’s a great program, obviously. Our guys know about the quality of that program and they knew Tony. He got them to come visit and it’s hard not to like what you all have going up there in Morgantown.”

Of the two, the decision to flip to West Virginia was a little more weighing on Alford.

“I think Mario (Alford) warred with it up until the last day or two before (signing day),” Williams said. “When it all came down to it, I think it was a little bit easier for his mom to get up to (Morgantown) and that kind of pushed him over the edge.”

While Golson and Alford will be playing on opposite sides of the ball at WVU, speed is a common attribute they’ll both bring to the field.

Mario Alford

“I think Mario would be one of the fastest guys, I would think, in college football,” Williams said. “He is a true 4.3-flat guy – a lot of people say it, but not many are. I mean he can really go and he goes from whoa to go in a heartbeat. It doesn’t take him a long time to get to that top speed and he’s shown that time and time again.

“Really, Brandon is the same way,” Williams continued. “Most of the time he would run with our secondary when we would do conditioning drills and things of that nature. He truly has DB speed in a linebacker body and he’s good when the ball is coming at him. On the back side, he’s going to cover ground a lot faster than people are going to expect when they see him out there.”

You can watch the complete interview with Williams above.


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  • Rick 82

    There are people who have done great things which led to a base of trust for an organization. However, all of that trust can be eroded when that same person does something so bad that it causes enormous harm to the overall organization. WVU was, perhaps, slated to be ranked No. 1, and all that went it. That was taken, abused, and destroyed by a selfish person in the organization. No one could blame RR for taking a route that would have provided huge gains for him and his family, but the manner in which he took that opportunity harmed the organization so badly that it may take years for the State to ever trust that much in another person, be it coach, representative, governor, etc. There were avenues available to him that he did not have to go the way he did. Remember, Michigan was not the first time or team to put the wedge between the WVU and the coach.

    We admire RR for what he has accomplished on and off of the gridiron, but, do we really want to allow him to get that close again?

  • Stuart. Pauley

    I'll agree with everyone Except Nancy, When RR left Wvu we all hated him, but as he stated. He should have stated at Wvu. WELL I SAY HE SHOULD HAVE NEVER THROWN THE PITT GAME. Now I have a harder time forgiving him for that game, then I do for Him leaving Wvu.

  • Nancy

    High road schmigh road. I will never take any road that concerns Rich Rod. Yes, he's a very good coach; he took WVU to a new level. However, he sleazed out of here, because he and Ed Pastilong had a lovers' quarrel. We suffered because of it, too. I've moved beyond the bitterness, but I am not taking any road where RR is concerned.

  • pghmountaineer

    Tony, well said. I know that most WVU fans hate Rich Rod but I don't feel that way about him. I belive that after his Michigan experiment he made the comment that in hind sight he shouls have stayed at WVU. I know this sounds crazy to most WVU people but I beleive that we'll see Rich Rod back on the sideline some day. Obviuosly not in the near future but I have this feeling that he believs he has some unfinished business here and would like to have another shot at it when the timing is right.
    Just my opinion, and I'm sticking to it. :)

  • NOEL (2 WVU degrees)

    I'm with TONY, all the way!

    RR did a fantastic job for WVU, and Mountaineers should take the "High Road", not only because it's higher, but also because it's BETTER!

    ...After all, we are proud to be "Always Free", and RichRod is, too!

  • tony

    no man i dont feel that way anymore about roots, how can you?
    we need to kinda be the bigger guy here..everyone knows what he did-it speaks for itself and we've been ok since and now are competing in a better league...
    lets all realize that RR lifted our program up another notch while he was here. he was an innovative coach and despite his methods personal quirks style etc, he was damned good for us here at wv.........no one can forgive the way he went..but we can put it in perspective that he thougt he had bigger fish to fry and he lost that bet. so on the face of that, i dont see how remaining spurned years later does anything except say a lot about US, the fans and our propensity to live in the past and never forgive..both of which suck..
    undeneath it ll, we can have a grudge. we can have the scars. but looking at the whole of what wv football is andthe act that it is way bigger than any one person (even Don Nehlen but thats debatable in my mind)..i make a motion to consider welcoming its home a wayward son home. this is a chance for US to be the bigger one. Of course, he will be recalcitrant from what he has done, he will cop to it and that it was wrong...everyone knows that.....
    but-above and beyond that.. its time to recognize what he did for us and that was one hell of a good job as the WVU football coach. my vote is that we seize the opportunity and the higher ground while we have this opportunity. i say its time to get beyond all of this. lets honor rich rod at some point some time soon. we should. i know the loudmouths will go into a coromary on my notion, but it would speak volumes about who the majority of us really are.

    • Nels

      I wholeheartedly agree!! Smart folks and people who know football know that Rich Rodriquez put WV football on the national map. We owe him a debt of gratitude. As all successful coaches do he left for a better job! But only after the previous AD and administration screwed with him.

    • Calvin D

      I totally agree with tony on this one. I think it would definitely show us to be the bigger people here and I think it would be a nice gesture to bury the hatchet so to speak and honor RR sometime soon. I like where we are and where we're going in the Big XII

  • mark

    I hope both men are ultra-successful and that the traitor coach from Arizona feels the loss in some way. Perhaps it will raise his blood pressure.

    • Shadow

      I find it hard to believe that RR would be offended by a player doing what he feels is better for him. RR problems at WVU were caused by his desire for better salaries for his coaches and facilities for his team. His problems with the Administration did not relate to his personal needs. He was a "doer" in with a bunch of political academians.

      • Robert

        Rich Rod can go to hell. What he did destroys any positive note that he may of been part of when he was with WVU. The way he left will never be forgotten. High road? You people are fruit loops.

  • Wemakerain

    That's what I like to hear, size and speed can't be taught, so the rest can be learned with the coaching they will get. Welcome again to Touchdown City