MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Martinsburg High rising senior Deamonte Lindsay committed to West Virginia this weekend after being extended an offer from Mountaineers coaches durig a camp in Morgantown.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Lindsay finished the 2013 campaign with 1,200 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns, helping lead the Bulldogs to their fourth straight Class AAA state championship. Lindsay currently holds one other FBS offer from Toledo.

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Lindsay’s stock continued to rise through his junior season as he helped lead Martinsburg to its fourth straight Class AAA title.

“The sky is the limit for him,” Martinsburg coach Dave Walker said this summer. “He has a great frame, he’s fast, very smart and has kind of flown under the radar because of some of the other kids we have had. He has a lot of potential and I think he will get a lot of attention this year.”

Lindsay is expected to have a role defensively for West Virginia as either a defensive back or at linebacker.

“Lindsay is a versatile athlete who can play multiple positions along both sides of the ball,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings, who reported the commitment for “Most of his high school film shows the Martinsburg standout on offense, but the Mountaineers staff is eying him to make the full-time move to the defensive side of the ball. His size and speed would fit perfectly at Spur.”

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  • Loyal Mountaineer

    Always great to see instate kids with ability in the Old Gold and Blue. I wish this kid nothing but the best and look forward to seeing him at Mountaineer Field.

  • Dogsfan

    This is a kid who easily has the frame to put on another 20 lbs and play outside lb at the next level.

  • Mburg

    I am very glad to see that the coaches of the WVU football time finally came to their collective senses and started looking at Martinsburg for some players. I am happy for Deamonte and hope that some of the others are look at as well. I often wonder how HD Woodson can come to Martinsburg every year with 5 or 6 D1 players and get beat - and no player from Martinburg is D1? I know coach Walker is good and I definately respect his coaching ability but a workman is only as good as his tools. He has some very good tools to work with and has had some over the years. Good luck again to Deamonte and hopefully others from this years group... Study often and play hard because we understand that you guys are student/athletes... Good luck during this upcoming season...

    • Renee

      The reason why is that most of the Martinsburg players could not pass the NCAA eligibility requirements. I hope and pray that the parents of Deamonte are keeping up with his grades and what is needed for college requirements. If he's not taking Honor and AP classes at this point in time, don't look for him to be on the field for the Mountaineers!

      • Mburg

        Renee - I decided to look at the NCAA requirements, I already had some idea about it, and it does not require students/athletes to take Honors or AP courses. I suppose it would be a plus. Please see requirements here:

      • EP_Haters

        Renee you have no idea what you're talking about. Martinsburg's football program has one of the highest avg GPAs per sports program every year. Stop leaves a bad taste on your tongue

        • Renee

's easy to have a high GPA when you are taking BASIC courses. I want these guys to excel in college.....not just graduate. I know of a few students from all sports, not just football that weren't able to pass the SATs and ACTs and had to take remedial classes in college. So, please don't call me a hater....I want his parents to get a jump on this before it bites him in the azz later in college. Remember Brandon Barrett? How about the two QB's that got into trouble the past few years. Nate Sowers had his head on straight and he did well.

      • Stacy

        Wow! That's a broad statement. I guess Martinsburg just happens to be the only school in WV who has students who don't meet those requirements. Get a grip. I'm sure you're gonna personally lose sleep over it.

      • Mburg

        I believe your comment is an overgeneralization and stereotyping. What would make players from other parts of the state and from other states able to gain the NCAA standards but eludes players from Martinsburg? Actually, I believe Mburg has a number of players who meets all the standards - the coaches just never give them a fair look. Note the Deamonte had to show up at a few camps where they we able to see him. What about the players who did not make it to the camps. My original point was that a coach or scout should come to the Eastern Panhandle and check the players out...

      • Dogsfan

        You know this information how I ask o let me guess you must be a disgruntled fan that hates Martinsburg.

  • Joel

    nice to see wvu investing in a few home state boys. Congratulations.

  • Fred

    How much are we paying him?

    • StarInWV

      ...the same amount 'we' are paying you.

  • rick estep

    Congrats to him! I graduated from MHS in 1986 and had never had a state championship before coach Walker showed up on the scene. I hope he has an awesome season this year with a 5th state championship in hand and follows up next season with the Mountaineers! I look forward to watching him in the blue and gold of WVU! Best of luck my friend!!!

  • Dogsfan

    Congratulations to Monte amazing young man and one of these hardest working kid you could come across congrats a good luck on your up coming senior season.

  • DWM

    West Virginians are going to be ticked when the Bulldogs win a 5th straight AAA State Football Championship.

    I think all the other schools and their fans should get prepared for it now. Let's get all the whining and complaining out now so that come early December the foregone conclusion does not ruin your post Thanksgiving and Holiday Season.

  • James

    Congrats to the young man, will be a good addition to the Mountaineer Nation, also a young man is back at Martinsburg by the name of Trey Boyd, you may remember he rushed for 180 yards his sophomore year in the state championship game, he also may become a mountaineer, the Bulldogs will have 2 D1, and a possible D2 running backs, offense will be explosive this year

    • ryan

      So who gave his daddy a job this time. For services?

      • matt Robinson

        Your talking about my nephew. WATCH YOUR MOUTH!!!!!!

      • Stacy

        Your mom?

  • any major dude

    Welcome to the team, young man. Have a great senior season at MHS
    and show up ready to study and play hard!

  • TruthTeller

    Maybe another Steve Slaton? I also like to see more in state athletes on the team. Most kids don't get the pride of West Virginia thing until their last two years. Welcome aboard true Mountaineer.

  • Bulldog Dad

    Awesome for Deamonte! Should be another fun season. Don't have a dog in the fight this year, son graduated, but still a fan!

  • J the C

    exciting kid to watch. Welcome!

  • uncle phil

    I don't get all carried away like others do about the lack of in-state recruits we have, but it is nice to see fellow West Virginians commit to WVU.

    As a fellow West Virginian, I can say I'm proud of you Deamonte! Looking forward to cheering you on! Congrats!

    • Diaspora

      Actually, there are quite a few in-state kids on the roster, which indicated the coaching staff is making a genuine effort to address this. Relatively speaking, considering the size of the state, I think the total of WVa kids on the roster is a good representation of the states top tier athletes. Check out and drill down to the football roster.

      • Rick S.

        According to that roster, there are 19 West Virginia kids on the roster. Twelve of them are either true freshmen or redshirt freshmen.

    • Art in Ohioa

      I like his size and speed as a safety or D back. No stars but I believe this is a good offer. Welcome to the Mountaineer family.