Running back recruit Lamy Constant commits to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s moribund running attack has some welcome help arriving next fall.

Running back Lamy Constant announced his commitment to West Virginia Tuesday night, choosing the Mountaineers over offers from Michigan State and top-ranked LSU. Constant, a Brooklyn native, is a four-star recruit rated as the No. 3 overall prospect in the state of New York by Rivals.

Constant has been West Virginia’s top priority at running back since the current coaching staff was brought aboard in January. His primary recruiter was running backs coach Chad Scott.

“Constant was the running back that West Virginia identified early in the process and now they have their man,” said WVU recruiting analyst Keenan Cummings. “He’s a versatile back that is going to have the opportunity to do some exciting things in this offense in the future.”

Constant is the second Brooklyn native to commit to the program since the start of Neal Brown’s coaching tenure. Wide receiver Sean Ryan transferred to West Virginia from Temple in the offseason.

Constant is the 13th player to commit to West Virginia’s 2020 class, and the first to make his move since the season started. The 6-foot, 190-pound back is the third four-star player in that group, joining offensive lineman Chris Mayo and quarterback Garrett Greene.

Constant is also the third high school player from New Jersey or New York in WVU’s 2020 class. The Mountaineers took no such prospects in their three most recent signing classes.

The Mountaineers are losing senior Kennedy McKoy to graduation. Martell Pettaway is expected to return as a senior next year after redshirting this season, and will be joined by junior-to-be Alec Sinkfield, junior-to-be Leddie Brown and redshirt freshman Tony Mathis.

Stuck behind an inexperienced interior line, this season has been a struggle for West Virginia’s running backs. The Mountaineers are 128th in the nation with an average of 75.7 rushing yards per game.

West Virginia’s commitments for 2020:

Lamy Constant  (Brooklyn, N.Y.)              6-0, 190  RB       4 stars

Chris Mayo (Richland, N.J.)              6-5, 305 OL          4 stars

Garrett Greene (Tallahassee, Fla.)           6-0, 175 QB          4 stars

Quay Mays (NW Mississippi CC/Bradenton, Fla.)      6-2, 290 DT    3 stars

Taurus Simmons (Savannah, Ga.)              6-3, 210 OLB          3 stars

Zach Frazier (Fairmont, W.Va.)              6-2, 277 OL           3 stars

Jairo Faverus (Filton, England)             6-0, 190 CB           3 stars

David Okoli (Gaithersburg, Md.)           5-11, 176 CB           3 stars

Lanell Carr (St. Louis, Mo.)                     6-3, 230 OLB           3 stars

Jacob Gamble (Iowa Western CC)              6-7, 325 OL           3 stars

Reese Smith (Danville, Ky.)          5-11, 175              WR         3 stars

Devell Washington (Bay City, Mich.)        6-4, 215      WR         3 stars

S.L. McCall (Iowa Western CC/Lake City, Fla.)      6-3, 200 OLB        3 stars

Charles Finley (Wayne, N.J.)                       6-4, 215     TE             2 stars

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