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West Virginia Football Recruiting Update: State Prospects Leaving for Greener Pastures

The month of July saw WVU reel in several prospects. It also saw 4 in-state prospects choose other schools to continue their education and to play football.

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Derrick Pitts (Charleston, WV - South Charleston HS)

Thursday, Derrick Pitts announced his intention to attend Penn State University. He made his announcement at Dem 2 Brothers and a Grill restaurant with family and friends present.

The Black Eagles senior will provide the Nittany Lions with a diverse weapon who caught 33 passes for five scores and 480 yards, rushed for 305 yards and eight touchdowns while also making 82 tackles with six for a loss last season.

Pitts held offers from Penn State, West Virginia University, the University of Maryland, Tennessee and Florida.

Dorian Ethridge (Charleston, WV - Capitol HS)

Dorian Ethridge, a 6’-3” 210 pound outside linebacker from Capitol committed to Louisville a couple of weeks ago. Ethridge, rated as a 3-star linebacker by 247sports, was recruited by many of the major football programs in the area. Pitt, Virginia Tech and West Virginia all offered the #5 prospect in the state but he ultimately chose Louisville. Louisville sent former WVU coach Lonnie Galloway after Ethridge to secure his commitment and it worked.

Seth Stewart (Point Pleasant, WV - Point Pleasant HS)

Stewart, a tall 6’-8” and 320 pound offensive tackle from Point Pleasant recently committed to SEC powerhouse LSU. Rated as a 3-star prospect by 247, Stewart was ranked the #7 prospect in the state. He saw offers from Louisville, Pitt, West Virginia and Arkansas.

Riley Locklear (Huntington, WV - Spring Valley HS)

Locklear was recruited hard by many schools. Rated as a 3-star by 247sports, Locklear showed great potential which caught the eyes of all the local schools along with some national elite schools. Holding over 20+ offers including Florida State, Oregon, Penn State and California, Locklear committed to the University of Tennessee earlier in July.