MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia four-star commitment Jovon Durante endured an interesting Easter weekend, reportedly flipping to Alabama and then refuting those reports as inaccurate.

WVU class of 2015 receiver commitment Jovon Durante has offers from Alabama, Florida State, Auburn and numerous other high-profile programs. reported that Durante—a Miami-area receiver who pledged to WVU last July—was among five high-profile 2015 recruits who committed to the Crimson Tide following Saturday’s A-Day spring game. But Durante subsequently denied those reports, though he was on campus in Tuscaloosa and reportedly maintains an interest in Alabama.

Durante’s stock has only risen since Mountaineers assistant JaJaun Seider landed his commitment last summer, part of a 2015 class that some recruiting analysts are projecting as West Virginia’s best ever. Along with Alabama, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Durante holds offers from the likes of Auburn, LSU, Florida State, Florida, Miami and USC.

Another South Florida receiver who joined Durante in Tuscaloosa this weekend, Rivals five-star prospect Calvin Ridley of Pompano Beach, committed to Alabama. That could bode well for WVU, if Durante doesn’t want to join a Crimson Tide class that includes two top receivers and two other highly rated “athletes” who project as possible receivers.

Stay tuned for more updates Durante, who’s among 10 commitments currently on board to sign with the Mountaineers next February.

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  • jwg66

    Other schools are going to try to take our recruits. Truth is they are not WVU players until they sign the LOI & qualify/enroll. Even then one has to hope they are as good as advertised, good citizens, and good students too. The point is, if he flips it is his right to that. Clearly we are getting high caliber athletes to take a hard look at us which is good. It is even better to win some of the battles. Finally, good players come from freshmen (hopefully Durante), transfers (like Hostetler), Juco's (like Bruce Irvin) and even walk on's (like Owen Schmitt). As fans, it is way too early to think any recruit is a lock. We need to let the coaches do their jobs and see what happens in Feb/Aug...

  • Rick55

    I tend to go with the philosophy that some of these commits and decommits, who are middle school and high schoolers in reality, are really in it for the attention and the hype. Lots of them never really add up to much anyway because they're in it for the wrong reasons. I'm not ready to say that Durante is this high schooler; maybe we should take him at his word.

  • Alex

    I wouldn't worry so much about Durante going to Alabama... A four star receiver going to the place where they have already 2 five star receivers.... Keep this in mind these young men who are four and five star players wants to be the top dog in the program... At Alabama it would be difficult at times to be that top player,, but at WVU he could really let his talent be showcased.... Believe me I know that's what they think and what they want.... As for WVU we have a quarterback that will be in on campus as soon as high school is out.... I'm not picking Crest to start the season but don't be surprised if he does come in a game just the way Pat White did and then things really could be a different WVU team.... I really like this kid.... He's got the height, he's got the arm, and he can run.... You who have not seen Crest in action look up his videos...awesome young man....

  • cutty77

    Talk about them all on The First Wed. in February.

    • hailey

      ok... we will not talk recruing at all until February. Sounds like a great idea

      • cutty77

        Why do you continue to talk about things you can't control,its a waste of time. But its your life. Sorry

  • Joel

    Hi Allan,
    if he jumps, OK.
    if he's that good he's going to a great program at Bama.

    Until the Mountaineers prove to be a consistent winner, you'll see more de-commits as these players get more offers...from schools with consistently winning programs.

  • Master of One

    Thank you so much Oliver for giving us winning teams we can cheer for and win championships....

    • ViennaGuy

      And if had been left to Ed Pastilong, we'd still be sitting in a dying conference.

      • Rick S.

        Do you mean the conference that won the men's basketball national championship, the women's basketball national championship, and beat the Big 12 football champion in a BCS bowl?

        • don

          Rick s, you are so right. I'm as big a mountaineer fan as anybody but I have to say I get irritated hearing folks on this site run down the big east just because we now belong to the big 12. Facts are facts, the big east was a power conference in both major sports and wvu was a top contender. At this point we couldn't contend in that conference any more than the big 12. Regrettably, our sports program has taken a turn for the worse. Sure would like to see it turn around.

    • Aaron

      I couldn't agree more. How many Big 12 Championship trophies does WVU now have? 6, 7 or 8? It's hard to keep track of them all.

      • squad

        what is this? the comedy section? weve been in the b12 for now many years?? you all are truly just weak in the head

        • Aaron

          Are you disputing the championships!

      • mad hatter

        mrs. huggins, who really cares who you agree with

        • Aaron

          You do.

  • whatamoroon

    At the end of the day we want kids who want to be a Mountaineer. I think that means high character and loyalty. If he doesn't have it, he can go roll in the tide.

  • mad hatter

    i partially recall a story on him not too long ago, where he allegedly said he wasn't going to wvu and would flip sometime along the way.
    It is still up in the air i suppose,, and if we never get a div 1 qb, most receivers won't be headed to wvu..
    We need that top flight qb, why can't holgorsen and dawson get one, they have failed so far. they just can't seem to recognize talent... now hopefully, crest will turn this around,,, but who knows dawson as the qb coach and holgie asthe hc.

    • Aaron

      'i partially recall...'

      Yes you do.

  • Rich

    I will be very surprised if this kid honors his commitment to us. That being said are we looking to give JuJuan Seider a raise and/or a promotion because it looks like he's going to be a Doc Holliday type recruiter in FLA, it's just a matter of time before we may lose him as well

  • Rick55

    Next February? A lot can happen in college football recruiting in nine months!
    I'm going to take the same attitude about this that I take about most things in my life: expect the worst and hope for the best.......sorry for the cliche but IIWII It Is What It Is.

  • Holgie

    Game over. He's gone!

  • Frank/Moundsville

    "some recruiting analysts are projecting as West Virginia’s best ever".................This same old crap gets bandied about every me some results on the field.

    • Holgie

      Frank, I couldn't agree with you more.

  • Aaron

    Competing against Alabama, LSU, Miami, Florida State and Florida for players seems a bit odd given the current coaching staff can't recruit and has ruined the program.

    Talk surrounding the current staff reminds me of the idiots and imps in and around Blacksburg who were calling for Frank Beamer's head after 3 seasons when his record stood at 11-21-1.

    • J the C

      Aaron, you're such an expert.
      Apparently, they can recruit. Frackin' Marshall fan.

      • Aaron

        Who can't recruit, Dana Holgorsen or Frank Beamer of Mad Hatter?

    • mad hatter

      so what's so bad about a 11-21-1 record? At wvu , it's now the standard. We simply love holgorsen and love mediocrity.. As long as we aren't at the very bottom in FB, what's so bad about that.,,, and look at all the money we get,,,, bet the big 12 wishes they would have asked louisville instead of us...

      • Aaron

        Since then, Beamer is 213-88-1 and has played in 1 National Championship game and 6 other BCS games. The moral of the story is, had VA Tech Administrators listened to the 'average' supporters, a Hall of Fame Coach would have never developed.

        I'm not the least bit surprised that you missed that.

        • mad hatter

          does us all a favor and move to blacksburg

          • Aaron

            Why, do they not have internet in Blacksburg?

      • J the C

        Mad, you are mad, and a real creep!

  • FNP

    I have to say, WVWho may have called it. Once he started becoming known, he started getting looks. When WVU offered, Marshall, Cincy, etc were looking at him.


    Doubt he ever makes it campus. Early offer sheets from Bama and backyard Miami. will be interesting when he gets offers from Florida & FSU

    • WvWho

      Thanks for the shoutout and nice recollection. He's starting to see the big time camp invites and the offers will continue rolling in. IF he stays committed to WVU he is their best player book it, but if Bama lights it up opening weekend he may get cold feet.

  • FNP

    This is why some coaches are for rule changes. They want kids to be held to their commitment and i'm not real sure how that would work.

    IMO, I think if you make a decision then you need to stick with it. A lot of kids use schools as a spring board to get other schools interested. Eron Harris is a good example of this. He didn't get any big time offers out of high school and then once he become known, he bolted.

    It happens all the time and their is no such thing as a committed player anymore.

    • Oh Did Ya?

      Coaches can change but kids can't? That makes no sense - the kid needs to do the best for their situation. Things change - coaches, schemes, conferences, other players school choices affecting their playing time at a school, family situations, the list goes on and on. The kids have every right to change their mind. That said I'd love to see this young man in blue and gold. He and William Crest could be the next Geno/Tavon or Stedman combo.

    • mad hatter

      what's good about America, you can change your mind.
      who wants a player who really wants to be someplace else.
      I have changed my mind a million times,, thank goodness , i hadn't signed a contract before hand.
      Many things can change one's mind, so if i'm 17 yrs. old, there's a good chance i might just do it.
      i see nothing wrong.

      • Aaron

        I'll give you consistency hatter. Even though you claim you've changed your mind numerous times in your short 17 years, in your post you are seldom correct. You keep posting though, even a broken clock's right twice a day.

        Cheers son.

        • mad hatter

          mrs. huggins, i have yet to hear you speak the truth.

          • Aaron

            That's because this is print media and you are reading.

    • Greg

      Erin Harris turned out to be a basket case it appears. Until he gets some help with his emotional issues he's going to struggle at whatever he does be it basketball or the real world. Don't think he used WV as a spring board to anything.

      • vandalia

        Greg, you are right. I've been sitting close to WV bench since Huggs was a senior and Erin couldn't handle being guarded closely. His ball handling skills left him frustrated at times and he didn't have the physical strength to guard strong talented scorers. He got very frustrated but I never faulted him for lack of effort and desire. I wish him well.