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JUCO defensive lineman Nijel McGriff commits to WVU

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On paper the defensive line should be one of West Virginia’s strengths next season, and late Monday that group got even deeper.

Junior college defensive lineman Nijel McGriff committed to the Mountaineers on Monday evening, picking WVU over scholarship offers from Florida State and Mississippi, among others.

McGriff, listed at 6-foot-2 and 285 pounds, had 27 tackles and two sacks last season in 11 games with Northwest Mississippi Community College. With his commitment, McGriff becomes the fourth defensive lineman to join WVU’s 2021 recruiting class along with Hammond Russell, Edward Vesterinen and Brayden Dudley. As a high schooler in Jacksonville, Florida, McGriff also helped lead Mandarin High to a Class 8A state championship as a senior in 2018.

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Tom Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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