The Mountaineer coaching staff filled a position of need on Thursday evening when Iowa Hawkeyes cornerback Maurice Fleming announced he will transfer to West Virginia University this season.
Fleming, a Chicago, Ill. native, was rated a three-star prospect coming out of Curie Metropolitan High School and also held offers from Georgia Tech, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin before ultimately choosing the Hawkeyes. Fleming spent four years at the University of Iowa and, after redshirting his Freshman season, played in 33 games over three seasons with the 2015 season being his most productive. Fleming accumulated 17 solo tackles and broke up five passes as a primary backup at corner in his final season as a Hawkeye.
Maurice graduated from Iowa and began looking around at possible transfer destinations prior to Spring practice. He will be eligible to play immediately for the Mountaineers as a graduate transfer.
Fleming announced his decision to join the Mountaineers on Twitter on Thursday, and will help West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson shore up a depleted secondary following the departures of Daryl Worley and Terrell Chestnut to the National Football League.