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West Virginia receiver Reggie Roberson Jr. kneels after catching a touchdown pass during the fourth quarter against Delaware State last season.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia receiver Reggie Roberson announced his intentions to transfer Thursday  after seeing backup snaps in 12 games as a true freshman.

A three-star recruit from Desoto, Texas, he made six receptions for 30 yards last season. His fourth-quarter touchdown during the 59-16 win over Delaware State in Week 3 was his final catch of the season.

Roberson and Tevin Bush were the only true freshmen to see action on offense for the Mountaineers in 2017.

With starters David Sills, Gary Jennings and Marcus Simms returning — and Alabama transfer T.J. Simmons becoming eligible — West Virginia is loaded at receiver next season to the extent Roberson was expected to see only limited snaps again.

SMU coaches reportedly have shown an interest in Roberson, who figures to be an attractive pickup for several Group of Five programs in his home state. He also held offers from Utah, Nebraska, and Illinois coming out of Mesquite Horn High School.

Roberson announced the move on Twitter, posting that “I am thankful for everything I have learned from Coach (Tyron) Carrier as well as the other coaches.”

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