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Former four-star Penn State linebacker Lance Dixon transferring to West Virginia

The Michigan native will have four years of eligibility remaining and should find playing time immediately this season

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It may be winter (technically), but football is a 365 day operation. The coaching staff for the West Virginia Mountaineers just pulled off an amazing feat, securing a former 4-star linebacker from the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Chris Anderson at first broke the news this morning of the transfer.

The Mountaineers have added Penn State linebacker Lance Dixon to the program, the former four-star, Top247 recruit announced today. West Virginia safeties coach Dontae Wright - who recruits and has connections in Dixon’s home state of Michigan - and linebackers coach Jeff Koonz were the leads for the Mountaineers.

Dixon is technically going to be a redshirt freshman again in 2021. He arrived in Happy Valley in 2019, played in three games and registered two tackles before taking advantage of the four-game redshirt rule. In 2020, he played in every game, starting one, for the Nittany Lions, finishing with ten tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. With the NCAA declaring that the 2020 season would not count against anyone’s eligibility, Dixon still has all four years to go.

Dixon becomes the second top player to join the Mountaineers after the 2020 season. Earlier this year former Spring Valley lineman Doug Nestor left Virginia Tech to join the Mountaineers.

Its obvious that Neal Brown and his coaches are making sure the old gold and blue are prominent in the 6-hour radius they set for themselves when they came to Morgantown, pulling in two top recruits to help shore up the 2021 Mountaineers.