West Virginia offensive line coach Joe Wickline has to be beaming this morning as his son, Kelby Wickline, has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his collegiate football career with the Mountaineers.
The ninth ranked junior college offensive tackle originally committed to North Carolina in November 2016. The Mountaineers continued to speak with Wickline and wanting to play for his dad never left Kelby. A month later, in December, Kelby decommitted from North Carolina and joined the Mountaineers.
At 6’-5” and 276 pounds, Wickline is long enough to play both tackle positions but a bit on the light side. He is rated the 9th best JUCO tackle and the 54th overall JUCO prospect, according to 247Sports.com.
Wickline was heavily pursued by Power 5 teams including: Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, California and Iowa State. Wickline actually enrolled at WVU last spring but chose to attend junior college in order to further develop his technique and grow as a player. Kelby will have three years to play for the Mountaineers after using his redshirt at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Wickline should compete immediately for a starting spot.