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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 has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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