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Asti: Look for WVU LB Josiah Trotter to Make Immediate Impact



WVU Football LB Josiah Trotter
Kelsie LeRose / WVSN

There was one player who stood out more than any other through the WVU football spring session – Josiah Trotter. Trotter, who missed the entire 2023 season after suffering a leg injury during spring practice one year ago, is gearing up to finally live up to the hype in 2024.

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown raved about Trotter and the immediate impact he could have up while watching him at practice last year. Brown was then let gutted and devastated when he learned the three-star recruit’s Mountaineer career would be delayed. With Trotter now finally back out on the practice field, Brown is once again predicting big things from Trotter.

Largely based on having Trotter healthy and getting Trey Lathan back, Brown even said he feels the linebacker room is the deepest it’s been since he arrived in Morgantown in 2019. Brown’s sentiments were echoed by defensive coordinator Jordan Lesley.

“Getting (Josiah) Trotter back and Trey (Lathan) back, it’s the deepest we’ve been at linebacker the whole time,” said Lesley while speaking to the media after an early spring practice.

And speaking of Lathan returning from a surgery of his own, he made sure to praise Trotter as well. Lathan called Trotter a “dog” before going as far as labeling him the player who has the “biggest upside” on the defense.

So while what kind of player Trotter will be in college is still an unknown, he’s doing his part to impress at practice and earn playing time. It’s even possible the fact there’s no game film on Trotter will allow him to sneak up on opponents this fall.

A top recruit out of St. Joe’s Prep in Philadelphia, Pa., Trotter was viewed as one of the premier pieces of WVU’s 2023 recruiting class. Listed at 6-foot-2, 230-pounds, Trotter officially signed with the Mountaineers in December of 2022.

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    May 14, 2024 at 10:05 pm

    I believe this group of linebackers has the talent to be the BEST group in America. Those of you who know more than I do. Please weigh in on this conversation, but I think this group is as talented as any group that’s ever played at WVU. My concern is the coaching. Jordan Leslie allowed Houston to beat us, Oklahoma State to come back and beat us and gave up horrific numbers of points to Oklahoma and Penn State. I don’t know if he’s capable of handling this much talent. Seems to me he’s still a Troy coach and not a power of five conference coach. Again, those of you who know more about it than I do weigh in on the conversation, but if there’s a downfall to the defense this year, it’s certainly not the talent, it’s the coaching.

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