MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Martinsburg senior defensive lineman Tavis Lee became the second in-state pledge to WVU’s 2018 football recruiting class on Wednesday, joining Fairmont Senior’s Dante Stills.

“I’ve always wanted to play for my home state and that was the offer that I had been waiting on,” Lee said. “I’ve been there numerous times, I love the staff and I love the game day atmosphere.”

And while he may not have received the national recruiting attention afforded Stills, it was Lee who won the state’s Huff Award a year ago, honoring top defensive player in West Virginia. He was also named a second-team All-American by USA Today.

The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder finished his junior campaign with 114 tackles, 37 more than anyone else on the state-champion Bulldogs’ defense.

Lee received an offer for WVU while visiting Morgantown for the game against Iowa State.

Christopher C. Davis, Clark’s Artistic Photography

Tavis Lee (8) was the state’s best defensive player a year ago and earned All-American honors by USA Today.

“I’ve been patient and I always felt like the offer was going to come, I just didn’t know when,” Lee said. “It removed some weight off of my shoulders. If I didn’t get offered by WVU, I probably was going to go to Marshall — but I really wanted to go to West Virginia.”

Lee has recorded 43.5 tackles, 11 TFLs and 5.5 sacks during his senior campaign, part of a stifling Martinsburg defense that didn’t surrender a first down in its opening-round playoff win over Morgantown.

“(The WVU coaches) want me to redshirt my first year, gain weight and get up to 260 so that I look like a (college) defensive end,” he said. “I play like them, I just don’t look like them yet.”

Lee’s teammate, junior running back/linebacker Dewayne Grantham, also holds an offer from West Virginia for 2019.

The complete MetroNews “Statewide Sportsline” interview with Lee is posted above.

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