Lageman Glad He Chose WVU

2012 has started well for WVU defensive lineman J.B. Lageman.  Following the Mountaineer win over Clemson in the Orange Bowl in January, Lageman was awarded a scholarship for his redshirt senior season.

"A lot of guys didn’t even know I was a walk-on," Lageman said following a recent practice.  "Will Clarke told me the other day that he thought I was a scholarship guy.  He didn’t really know.   A lot of guys have congratulated me for getting a scholarship and then they would say that they didn’t even know I wasn’t on one."   

Now Lageman is locked in a battle for playing time in the new 3-4 system with the capabilities of playing both defensive tackle and nose guard..

"It’s not so much about who is going to be a starter," Lageman said.   "It’s about who is going to be on the field for three or four plays and then who will rotate in. 

Lageman says having depth on the interior line will be key for the new defense.

"That’s all we hear from the coaches is how vital it is going to be to get to the quarterback," said Lageman.  "We obviously have to stop the run but our big thing will be getting to the quarterback and putting guys on the ground. 

"If you have to play 80 plays you are going to be dead and you won’t be able to get there," Lageman said. 

That’s where the depth comes in.   Lageman is working at both nose guard and defensive tackle.  Jorge Wright is the incumbent stater with Lageman and junior Shaq Rowell also playing there.   Clarke was moved from end to defensive tackle and Lageman is listed behind him on the depth chart there. 

Lageman won multiple All-State honors at Huntington High.   He got noticed by former WVU assistant Bill Kirelawich when he came to a camp in Morgantown.   He chose the walk-on route to West Virginia even after being offered scholarship opportunities by West Virginia Wesleyan, Glenville State and University of Charleston.   Lageman was also offered a walk-on chance at Marshall.

"I wasn’t going to stay in Huntington for any less than scholarship," Lageman said.  "I decided to come up the road and it was a better decision for me to come here."   


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