It’s been a busy day for the West Virginia football staff with extending offers to players throughout the country.
One of the latest offers went to 2023 running back Jabriel Mace from Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, New Jersey. This becomes the third offer for this speedy back, with the other two coming from Syracuse and Rutgers.
West Virginia Sports Now caught up Mace following his phone conversation with West Virginia assistant Chad Scott, who gave him the news.
“It was actually shocking to get that news,” Mace told WV Sports Now. “I was on my way home from school when my head coach texted me and told me that West Virginia had called him about me. I didn’t think that they were going to offer me so it was shocking because I’m from New Jersey and they don’t offer a whole lot of kids from here.
“I got to talk to Coach Scott and he offered me. I thought the conversation went pretty well. I didn’t get a chance to play last season because of a concussion I sustained but he told me that he watched my freshman film and liked the way that I hit the hole and the cuts that I can make on the field. Health wise I’m doing fine now and no, I’m not surprised I’m receiving offers despite not playing last year. That’s what I’ve been working hard for, to get colleges to look at me and I’m blessed that they are.”
When watching Mace’s film from his freshman season, it’s not hard to see why schools have interest in him. The 5-foot-9 back has elite speed that enables him to reach the edge and run past the defender or just make a cut in the middle of the line to reach and run past the second line of defenders.
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“Yeah, speed is 100% my biggest strength,” said Mace. “I have some wiggle to my game and I can shake someone out of their shoes if I need to. I’d probably compare my style of game to Alvin Kamara. I’m not afraid to lower my shoulder against a defender. That’s my last option but if I have to, I will.”
Mace Said that two former players he knows from West Virginia are Kevin White and Tavon Austin. Also, later on this summer, he would like to make visits to Rutgers and possibly Syracuse and he was invited by Coach Scott to participate in a camp in Morgantown on June 10.