MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia has filled its greatest position of need with National Signing Day on the horizon.
A’varius Sparrow, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back from Orlando, Fla., announced his commitment to West Virginia Friday morning.
IMMA STAY HUMBLE TILL I MAKE IT ❤️?‼️ pic.twitter.com/y6KANRZLbq
— A’varius Sparrow (@SparrowAvarius) January 24, 2020
West Virginia is the most prominent program to recruit Sparrow, who also received offers from Rutgers, Central Florida, Colorado State and Middle Tennessee State. Coincidentally, Middle Tennessee just filled its opening at running back with WVU graduate transfer Martell Pettaway.
Sparrow is graded as a three-star recruit by Rivals. His recruitment took off after a breakout senior season in which he rushed for 2,125 yards and 26 touchdowns in leading Jones High School to the state championship game before it lost to state power Miami Northwestern.
The Mountaineers began recruiting Sparrow after their decision to move on from Brooklyn, N.Y. prospect Lamy Constant shortly before the December signing period. WVU was also in heavy pursuit of junior college prospect La’Damian Webb, but Webb committed to Florida State after visiting Tallahassee last weekend.
West Virginia added 18 signees in December. The addition of Sparrow gives the Mountaineers three remaining spots in this year’s class.
Punter Josh Growden, Quarterback Jarret Doege and defensive back Alonzo Addae, each of whom transferred into the program last summer, counted towards this year’s scholarship allotment.