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Breaking: 2023 4-Star Linebacker Josiah Trotter Commits to West Virginia



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Nov 14, 2020; Morgantown, West Virginia, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers players celebrate with fans after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs at Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

West Virginia lands a four-star linebacker in St. Joseph Prep’s Josiah Trotter, reported by Adam Friedman of Rivals. Trotter is the son of a former NFL linebacker and his commitment marks the sixth commit for WVU’s Class of 2023.

“One of the biggest things with the Mountaineers is that I fit well in their scheme,” Trotter told Rivals. “I can see coming in and playing right away and I feel like I can make the most plays there.”

Trotter (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) comes from St. Joseph’s Prep School in Philadelphia. Trotter was offered by Cincinnati, Clemson, Marshall, Maryland, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Trotter

Trotter’s recruitment was led by running backs coach Chad Scott and inside linebackers coach Jeff Koonz. Trotter plans on making his official visit to Morgantown from June 3-5.

Trotter is the son of Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame linebacker Jeremiah Trotter. The former third-round pick out of Stephen F. Austin State University played in the NFL for 12 seasons, including three separate stints with the Eagles. He also spent time with the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played in 147 games across 12 seasons in the NFL. He had 908 tackles, 12.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and nine interceptions in his career.

His high school football team, St. Joseph Prep, lost in the PIAA 6A Championship to WPIAL school Mt. Lebanon, 35-17. They went 11-3 with a 4-1 record in their conference last season. Trotter was a key part of the team’s defense that gave up an average of 14.8 points per game. In the regular season, they only allowed at least three touchdowns in a game twice, both in losses. Those were in 28-21 losses to Milton and St. Joseph College.

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