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West Virginia Picks Up Another Verbal Commitment For 2016

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West Virginia added one commit to its 2016 class on Saturday night as Ohio athlete Nathan Niehaus pledged to the Mountaineers.

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West Virginia picked up a commitment from Cincinnati, OH prospect, Nathan Niehaus. Niehaus plays tight end for Colerain High School in Cincinnati, but offensive line coach Ron Crook saw more potential for his 6'-6" 250 lb. body on the offensive line.

Niehaus came into Morgantown on Saturday without an offer from the Mountaineers but because of a spectacular camp performance he was named camp MVP and picked up an offer from Dana Holgorsen and Ron Crook, which he jumped on almost immediately.

Niehaus holds a three-star ranking from 247Sports, and offers from Louisville and Illinois among others. This latest commitment is the sixteenth for West Virginia in the 2016 class, and brings them the 41st best class according to 247Sports.

News Of Note

Football:

Experienced WVU is Good, But How Good? | WVU Athletics
The Mountaineers have their most experienced team in years, but they aren't getting any love from most. WVUSports.com's John Antonik breaks down the Mountaineers and how they compare to the rest of the Big 12 conference.

How much clout does WVU wield on Big 12 expansion? | WV MetroNews
Whether you deem Big 12 expansion imperative or imprudent, here’s a question to ponder over your Monday morning: What is West Virginia’s role in deciding?

Sims-to-Smallwood: WVU’s Jr. RB Welcomes Lofty Comparison | WV Illustrated
Wendell Smallwood continues to evolve his game as a tailback and receiver, similar to the way Charles Sims played during his brief time as a Mountaineer.

Shorts could make jump from good to great | The Exponent Telegram
Looking for a surprise this year in West Virginia football? You should be, because there is going to be one.

Basketball:

Transfer Waiver Request for Goard Approved | WVU Athletics
The NCAA has approved a transfer waiver request for TyQuane Goard, who has been added to the WVU men’s basketball roster. Goard played started 16 games over 2 seasons for Marshall.

West excited for WVU alumni game | The Exponent Telegram
Some of the greatest and most beloved players in West Virginia basketball history will be returning to Morgantown next Saturday to play in the first-ever WVU men’s basketball alumni game.

Around The League

Around The Big XII:

Big 12 team superlatives: Sizing up Texas, Baylor, more | SI.com
Don't assume the Big 12 is just a two-team league. Baylor and TCU bring back plenty of firepower and could make runs at College Football Playoff bids, but Oklahoma will likely have a say in the conference title race, too—or the Sooners could fall flat in their biggest games again. Meanwhile there should be plenty of reshuffling around the middle of the conference. So who will wind up where in the Big 12's new order? Get a better grasp with some superlatives.

During realignment, four others from Big 12 took a look at Big Ten switch | Omaha.com: Big Red Today - Husker Football News, Schedules And Videos
Five summers ago, sources say, discussions occurred that could have ultimately led to the Sooners, Aggies, Cyclones and Jayhawks joining the Huskers in a move to the Big Ten.

Around The NCAA:

The Pursuit of Nick Saban: Alabama vs. Texas | The New York Times
Nick Saban is still at Alabama, but a year and a half ago, rumors swirled that the Crimson Tide coach could head to Texas. A New York Times excerpt of a new book on Saban reveals he was very interested, at very least according to the Texas side.

West Virginia Pros

Noel Devine holds football camps for youths in Florida | College To Pro Sports
After spending three seasons in the CFL as a member of the Montreal Alouettes and Edmonton Eskimos, Noel Devine returned to his home in Fort Myers, FL and is doing his part to help kinds in the community.

West Virginia Mountaineers on NFL rosters going into training camp | College To Pro Sports
It's going to be a busy fall for us with currently 23 WVU players getting ready for NFL Training Camp. Here are the players along with their camp start dates.