West Virginia defensive end Adam Shuler celebrates a fumble recovery in the Heart of Dallas Bowl loss to Utah.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia defensive end Adam Shuler, a 10-game starter last season, announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he will transfer.

The 2015 Rivals three-star signee out of Longwood, Fla., was slated to be a redshirt junior next season. first reported the move.

The departure leaves senior Ezekiel Rose and junior Reese Donahue as the top returning defensive ends, with Fairmont blue-chip recruit Dante Stills arriving this summer. Stills’ older brother Darius played all three defensive line positions in various packages as a freshman.

Senior transfer Brenon Thrift, whose former stops included Temple and Penn State, could be in line for playing time.

At 6-foot-5, Shuler was primed to break through as the Mountaineers’ top edge rusher last season. But on a 106th-ranked  defense that produced its share of disappointments, Shuler had his growing pains. He finished with three sacks, eight tackles for loss and 37 stops overall.

After an injury sidelined him for the Nov. 4 win over Iowa State, Shuler worked with the second unit during games against Kansas State and Texas, before regaining his starting job vs. Oklahoma and Utah.

Shuler appeared in 25 games over the past two seasons, including 11 starts.

A state champion discus thrower in high school, Shuler reportedly is seeking to transfer to a program where can participate in track and field.

Other attrition

Reserve quarterback David Isreal has left the team after redshirting in 2017.

The dual-threat recruit was signed out of junior college last summer to provide emergency depth after a shoulder injury ended the career of third-stringer Cody Saunders.

Isreal has three years’ eligibility remaining.

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