DeAmonte King (Akron, Ohio - St. Vincent - St. Mary)
When Brian Mitchell departed for Virginia Tech in February, it left a hole in the coaching staff that shocked everyone. Dana Holgorsen and the school worked diligently to fill the spot with someone capable of coaching and recruiting young men. They finally decided on Blue Adams, a cornerbacks coach for the Miami Dolphins. Adams left the NFL and joined the college ranks.
The decision to hire Blue Adams has paid off today with the commitment of 3-star athlete DeAmonte King. King is a two-way athlete in football along with a track star off the field.
King led his high school to the state title in the 4x800 with a 1:28:11 time. He also finished third in the individual 400 with a time of 47:38. That equates to a 4.33 40-yard dash.
King became a fast riser among the Ohio circuit once his tape got out and scouts saw him in camps. King visited Morgantown in March and received an offer from WVU. WVU quickly became DeAmonte’s top school and he kept in touch with coach Adams. He finally made the decision to commit.
I talk to coach Adams a lot. This is a really good opportunity to come in and earn a spot. They think that I can come in and make some big plays. - newest Mountaineer DeAmonte King
King also received offers from programs such as Boston College, Toledo, Western Michigan, Kent State, Buffalo, Akron, Ohio and interest from several other such as Michigan State, Ohio State and Cincinnati. His final three came down to West Virginia, Toledo and Akron with the Mountaineers getting the edge.
The versatile defensive back becomes the eighth commitment for West Virginia in the class of 2017 and is the second cornerback to pick the Mountaineers in this cycle behind Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna College athlete Alex Wood who committed to the Mountaineers in the middle of June.