MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Former Ohio State defensive back Joshua Norwood, now a three-star prospect at Northwest Mississippi Community College, committed to the Mountaineers on Thursday.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder will have two years’ eligibility remaining when he enrolls in January.

An all-state player after making six interceptions as a senior at Valdosta (Ga.) High, Norwood redshirted for a season with the Buckeyes before appearing in 11 games in 2016, primarily on special teams.

When he did not appear to make a push for a starting role at Ohio State last spring, he transferred to junior college and has made 21 tackles through five games for Northwest Mississippi Community College, which is currently ranked 10th in the NJCAA poll.

Norwood still holds the Valdosta school record in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

“He has filled out since his high school days, when he was 160 pounds,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings. “One thing that stands out is the physical element he brings. Norwood doesn’t shy away in run support and is a good tackler from his safety spot.”

His high school offers included Wisconsin, Minnesota, Duke, Purdue, Cincinnati and Middle Tennessee State. He’s from the same hometown as West Virginia cornerbacks coach Doug Belk.

Norwood’s commitment gives the Mountaineers 18 in the 2018 class, which ranks 32nd nationally according to Rivals:

West Virginia’s commitments for 2018:

Dante Stills (Fairmont, W.Va..)6-4, 265DL4 stars
Leddie Brown (Smyrna, Del.)6-1, 190RB4 stars
Joshua Norwood (Senatobia, Miss)5-11, 185DB3 stars
Charlie Benton (El Dorado, Kan.)6-3, 215LB3 stars
Ralph Davis (Houston, Texas)6-0, 173WR3 stars
Randy Fields (Baltimore, Md.)6-3, 190WR3 stars
Trey Lowe (Bolivar, Tenn.)6-3, 175QB3 stars
Briason Mays (Bolivar, Tenn.)6-4, 290OG3 stars
James Gmiter (Bethel Park, Pa.)6-4, 300DT3 stars
Sam James (Richmond, Hill, Ga.)6-1, 160WR3 stars
Mike O’Laughlin (Oak Park, Ill.)6-5, 215TE3 stars
Tyrese Allen (Paintsville, Ky.)6-3, 290DT3 stars
Josh Chandler (Canton, Ohio)6-0, 220LB2 stars
TJ Ivy (Chicago)6-5, 217TE3 stars
Jayce Rogers (Valdosta, Ga.)5-8, 160CB3 stars
Oyenmwen Uzebu (Alpharetta, Ga.)6-6, 300OT3 stars
Bryce Wheaton (Holly Springs, N.C.)6-3, 200ATH3 stars
Alex Williams (Pickerington, Ohio)6-3, 200OL3 stars

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