The West Virginia Mountaineers were the first team to offer Nijel McGriff a scholarship and in the game of recruiting, being first has its advantages. West Virginia offered McGriff on March 14, right at the start of the pandemic lockdown for most states. His next offer did not come for over a month when the Maryland Terrapins offered him in April. For the junior college defensive end, having his first offer be a Power 5 offer and then not seeing action for over a month, you have to think that the Mountaineers gained the upper hand in his recruiting decisions.
Nijel, standing 6’3 and weighing 285 has the build to play defensive end and be a strong force on the line for defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. McGriff’s commitment gives the Mountaineers now three defensive lineman in the 2021 class (Brayden Dudley and Hammond Russel are the others) and McGriff is just the fourth defensive player in this class - safety Saint McLeod making up the last defensive player. Koenning and his staff have made it a priority to refill the defensive line as they know several players, including Darius Stills, will be leaving after this year.