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West Virginia cuts ties with US Army All-American Mike Harley, moves on to other options

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The West Virginia Mountaineers will be minus one three-star wide receiver when the faxes start rolling on February 1st, after US Army All-American Michael Harley publicly announced his decommitment from the program this evening on Twitter.

Word going around at this time is that the Mountaineer coaching staff actually pulled Harley’s offer sometime today, following his official visit to Morgantown. Harley took to Twitter following the Russell Athletic Bowl to shut down his recruitment and quiet any discussion about a potential flip to the University of Miami. However, just less than a month later, Harley found himself in Coral Gables for an official visit to The U, and raised questions about how solid his commitment to West Virginia University following comments in interviews and on social media. It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that the Mountaineer staff could see what was being said didn’t exactly match up with Harley’s actions, and felt it best to end his recruitment to focus on other options instead of being caught with their pants down with a last minute flip on signing day.

The Mountaineers are still in fine shape, even without the highly-touted Harley. West Virginia currently has nine wide receivers on scholarship if you count mid-year enrollee Tevin Bush, who will most likely see time in the slot because of the packed backfield. As far as the spot left vacant by Harley in this recruiting class, the Mountaineer coaching staff have a couple options they are working at the moment, including a four-star receiver currently committed to an SEC school and a Junior College All-American. According to Chris Anderson of 247Sports, West Virginia is in a great position to land at least one, if not both, of the receivers.

So, back off the ledge. The Mountaineers, and this recruiting class will be fine. And we’ll be able to look back in a couple years to see who came out on the better side of this deal. Don’t panic.