MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — When WVU landed a commitment from 6-foot-8 offensive lineman Josh Krok, his high school coach said the Mountaineers landed “a loyal person” who won’t play decommitting games.

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Josh Krok’s high school coach said the three-star recruit cancelled four visits to Big Ten and SEC schools upon committing to WVU.

Niles-McKinley (Ohio) High School coach Brian Shaner, speaking with the MetroNews “Sportsline” crew on Thursday night, said Krok “is so West Virginia right now and so glad that this process has come to an end. This is as solid as it can get.”

While Krok had Louisville and Cincinnati top among his finalists, Shaner said higher-profile programs were advancing.

“He turned down four major programs just for visits, knowing he made his mind up,” Shaner said. “Three of them were the top dogs in the Big Ten and the other was one of the major factors in the SEC.”

Shaner praised WVU assistant Tony Gibson for making a strong impression when he extended Krok his first official major-college offer.

“Josh knew from Day 1,” Shaner said. “(WVU) believed in him without an additional workout, without an additional this and that. He’s been a Mountaineer for a while now. He loved the university and he loved Coach Gibson right away.”

Though many offensive linemen recruits typically expend a redshirt season, Shaner predicted Krok would compete for playing time as a true freshman.

“I look for Josh to come in and compete right away,” Shaner said. “He’s not going to go in there with the mentality that ‘I’m second-string.’ He’s going to go in there and say, ‘I’m starting somewhere on that offensive line.’ He loves to compete.”

“He’s got that mean streak that you like in a lineman. He’s got a big wingspan and great feet. And coaches are supposed to say (their players) have great feet. But (when) we do feet drills and agilities, he doesn’t work out with our linemen. He does it with our wide receivers because his feet are that good. He’s the real deal.”

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  • Okey Robinson

    Wow ! He does foot drills with the wideouts ! I don't know anything about his coach, but that's some awfully high praise to think he might win a starting job as a freshman on the O-line.

  • Tim C

    Welcome aboard Josh....you will fit in nicely here.

  • Bob Straface

    Congratulations, Josh and welcome to Mountaineer Nation. Be great on and off the f-ball field.

  • big tom

    seems like a class act, maybe he should tryout for the BB team,,,he would be a starter and by the looks of it, we'll have several scholarships to give out because hardly anyone can qualify that huggie recruits

    • rtdeco

      i looked for any semblance of relevance in your post to the article and found none. i would like to have the 20 seconds of my life back that i spent reading your spewing. here's a suggestion for you...long walk..short pier.

      • Joe Crack the Don

        While I agree with your sentiment, I LOL that it took you 20 seconds to read his post.

  • Helen5844

    So excited to get him in Morgantown. Great find.

  • Kevin

    I have a friend in Niles who says this kid is a stud and a true gentleman.

  • Allan

    Welcome to Morgantown Josh! We will need your abilities on the O line cause our QB's will need some time to adjust and improve.

  • Protechcpa

    Fantastic. Now we need a defensive lineman with matching credentials. A 6' 8" DE with great feet and speed would be great.

  • Greg

    Welcome aboard young man.