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Cornerback Fontez Davis (40) signed with West Virginia before the 2017 season but did not see action.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Cornerback Fontez Davis, a junior college signee who did not see action for West Virginia last season, has left the team, a source confirmed to MetroNews.

He was removed from the official roster Friday, three days after the Mountaineers began spring practice.

The 6-foot, 200-pound Davis was a high school running back and receiver who converted to defense during two seasons at Butler (Kan.) Community College. He also sported track speed — timed at 11.01 seconds in the 100 meters in high school — but wasn’t able to crack the rotation at WVU.

He becomes the third reserve cornerback to exit recently, following the January departures of twins Jordan and Jacquez Adams.

This spring’s cornerback competition appears to be headlined by Hakeem Bailey and newcomer Keith Washington, both juniors. Also in the mix are sophomores Derrek Pitts, Sean Mahone and Jake Long. That lineup could be reshaped come summer as West Virginia remains in the market for one or two graduate transfers who can play cornerback.

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