MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Four-star basketball recruit Elijah Macon told MetroNews he’s packed and headed to WVU, some 21 months after initially signing with the Mountaineers.

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Elijah Macon

Macon had not yet appeared in the university’s student directory Friday, the final day to enroll for fall semester classes, but the power forward was admitted to school and said he planned to start classes Monday.

However, his enrollment is not tantamount to NCAA clearance, so his eligibility for the upcoming season still must be verified.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Macon originally signed with Bob Huggins in November 2011 as a senior at Huntington Prep, choosing West Virginia over Cincinnati, USC and Pitt. But he failed to qualify last fall and spent the season at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H.

At 6-foot-9, Macon has the build and the athleticism to be an instant contributor for the Mountaineers, who lost three of their top four post players from last season.

Macon is the fifth of six signees from WVU’s 2013 recruiting class to enroll. Forward Jonathan Holton, who left Rhode Island amid legal issues and spent last season at Palm Beach (Fla.) Community College, has yet to enroll.

Huggins said this summer he anticipated all six signees being cleared to play.

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  • richard

    WHY should he get a second chance? i'll tell you why. i have a nephew who was nothing but trouble through high school. he was arrested 3 times after he got out of high school and was sent to jail the third time for 2 months from the judge. he got out and still caused trouble but didn't go back to jail. then out of the blue, he was a changed person because someone took the time to take him under their wing and was a person to look up to. today, my nephew is a youth pastor for his church and helps local kids stay on the straight and narrow. what would have happened to him if he was not given that 3rd chance? probably dead or in jail. that sir, is why you give 2nd, 3rd and other chances to prove yourself. you won't meet a finer person than my nephew michael.

    • Barry

      Nice story and I totally agree with multiple chances. I had multiple chances, but there is a difference between a church and WVU. There had to be a young man out there that was more deserving of a scholarship than Holton. Your nephew sounds like a new person who turned from their path and like you said "helps local kids stay on the straight and narrow". In my opinion Holton's motivation is without a doubt different than your nephews, and WVU shouldn't be a rewarder of bad behavior when there are other kids out there who worked hard, made good grades and stayed out of trouble. This is not about charity or second chances. This is about Huggins not being able to recuit good basketball players and good kids. This is about trying to win basketball games at whatever the cost.

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  • keno bill

    Good for Macon. Now who is the PG coming for visit at the end of the Month?

  • Dave

    Welcome to Morgantown Mr. Macon. Congrats on staying true to your commit to WVU and doing the things you had to do to make it. Good luck with with your classes and the basketball court. Can't wait to see you in action on the hardwood.

  • chasmo

    already MISSED classes ALL WEEK ???- must be either a SPEED READER / STUDENT or has 15 hrs of ????????????? Reason for " 15 " he can drop one 3 hr class and still be eligible

  • richard

    hey realitybites, i need to know how it feels to be spotless and going through life without messing up as you have done. when do you get your saint promotion?

    • big tom

      everyone should get a second chance once he has paid for his crimes,, but not the second time,,, the second time ,too bad ,, lots of good people out there who live life the right way,,,, why shouldn't he be held accountable

  • RealityBites

    Chalk one up for "The Cleaner". However, The Cleaner, Mr. Clean, a gallon of bleach and a power washer won't get the stench off of The Felon, Holton.

    • Shadow

      Is what he did worse than what President Clinton did in the Oval Office and we still love him. At least, the Left still does and his compatriots wouldn't impeach him.

  • big tom

    someone please tell me if he can't play this fall or is just enrolled and waiting on further clarification on his status.

  • richard

    well, one thing you can say for the young man---he has determination. he could have just given up on coming to WVU. but he has fought through this for 21 months. that PGHMOUNTAINEER, tells me that yes, he can keep his head on straight and do what it takes to stay in school!! this guy has never been a troubled player. he just had to work extra hard to get in school. does that make him a bad person? why say that? welcome to WVU mr. macon. as an alumni, i hope you have a great career and graduate with your diploma!!

    • Debra

      Thank you Richard, well said. Good luck young man.

  • Don

    Allan Taylor: I thought WVU had 7 recruits not 6. The 7th was a SG named Daxter Miles. What happened to him?

    • Allan Taylor

      Miles was a commitment, not a signee.

  • pghmountaineer

    What has this program come to where we all have to keep our fingrs crossed to see if some of the so called"prized " recruits are able to make the grade so they can get into school.
    I hope that he can keep his head on straight and do what it takes to stay in school.

    • big tom

      make the grade or avoid criminal charges being dropped.

    • JECO

      It's called BIG TIME SPORTS!!!!!!

  • chasmo

    when will we know about being eligible ???

  • Debra

    Big Ton I think you might be confused and be talking about ghe wrong player.

    • Debra

      Oh, sorry I made a mistake on that. I retread your post Big Ton.

  • Chet Ubetcha

    "You will never see Macon at WVU...mark my words" well sirs we marked your words, feel free to eat as much crow as you can stomach

    • tony

      yes he did say that

  • big tom

    this is very unclear,,, can he play or can't he/

    Holton, I'd rather he didn't come,,, what two felonies,,,,can't believe we want that type on our campus/.

    • mauldawg

      big tom, Not quit as smart as you think you are. Go back to the MU side,your missing nap time.

      • Barry

        Nice one mauldawg, I didn't see that MU reference coming! I mean you only say that every time you post something.

  • Debra

    Is he a partial qualifier or will he be eligible to play this year?