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Pennsylvania linebacker becomes WVU’s first 2016 pledge

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — While West Virginia is six months away from locking down its 2015 football recruiting class, the Mountaineers received their first 2016 commitment when Pennsylvania linebacker Logan Thimons pledged Saturday.

“That’s the school I wanted to go to,” Thimons told the Pittsburgh Tribune. “It was a shock to get an offer, but a dream come true. There was no use waiting any longer. I am able to get my decision behind me, stop playing games and focus on football.”

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thimons is projected as a middle linebacker in college, though he spent his sophomore season at Freeport High primarily on the defensive line, registering 97 tackles overall and 20 behind the line of scrimmage.

“Thimons has a solid build and is only growing,” said Keenan Cummings of WVSports.com “Even at his age, Thimons is extremely strong and showed it last season as he was going up against players nearly 100-pounds heavier and two years older along the offensive line.”

The rising junior visited Morgantown for a camp last week and earned MVP honors. Thimons was recruited by West Virginia’s newest staff addition Tom Bradley, a coach with more than three decades’ experience recruiting Pennsylvania.

“Thimons still has good straight ahead and vertical speed,” Cummings said. “He reads the blocking of the offensive line well and explodes into the gaps quickly.”


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