MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Philadelphia lineman Dontae Angus, a signing day surprise for West Virginia last February, has received NCAA clearance and is expected to be in classes Friday, said a program spokesman.
The arrival of the 6-foot-6, 330-pound Angus means 18 of 21 signees are now on campus. The exceptions are receiver Jacob McCrary (who enrolled this week at Northwest Mississippi Community College) offensive lineman Justin Scott (who has yet to complete junior college coursework) and linebacker Davonte James (who left the program after spring semester).
“Angus continues the trend of WVU commitments that fit the mold for playing nasty,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings of WVSports.com. “He is just a monster rolled inside of a NFL-sized left tackle. And he has the athleticism to play defensive line as well.
“He was a big pickup on signing day after Maryland lineman Jamie Herr elected to reclassify. The fact Angus was able to qualify was a pleasant surprise for WVU, because some believed it wasn’t likely.”
According to Rivals, Angus held scholarship offers from Rutgers, Purdue, UConn, Buffalo, Temple and Eastern Michigan, but he committed to Florida in July 2013—a pledge that turned shaky when Gators offensive line coach Tim Davis was fired in December. Davis had been the lead recruiter for Angus out of Martin Luther King High.
Angus is considered raw, so he likely would not have seen action as a freshman even had he been on hand through summer conditioning and preseason camp.