Since the Mountaineers have been increasingly active in pursuing transfers lately and there’s an important distinction between a player committing and a player actually signing with a school, here’s a recap of which players have officially signed with West Virginia.
WR Devin Carter
North Carolina State transfer wide receiver Devin Carter signed a grant-in-aid on Thursday and will now complete the rest of his college eligibility with WVU. This concludes Carter’s bizarre journey from announcing his intentions to transfer from the Wolfpack soon after his head coach publicly stated he was declaring for the NFL Draft, to his surprise commitment to Penn State, to then switching to West Virginia only nine days later. Carter now becomes West Virginia’s 6th total transfer addition who has actually signed.
Tennessee State defensive lineman transfer Davoan Hawkins signed with WVU on Jan. 17 and will provide much-needed depth to the defensive line.
Hawkins recorded 31 total tackles, 1.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries in 11 games for TSU. Hawkins previously played at Kentucky from 2018-20. The Florida native is a former 3-star prospect out of high school.
The Kent State transfer became the fourth Mountaineer to sign on Jan. 13. He brings four years of college experience to WVU. He made 31 receptions for 362 yards, both single season highs for him, and a caught a touchdown during the 2022 season. Poke can also return kicks and punts.
Kicker Michael Hayes
Hayes was added to replace Casey Legg after Legg decided to forgo his remaining year of eligibility and retire from football. The Georgia State transfer signed on Jan. 13 and brings a strong booming leg and experience with field goals, kickoffs and punting, although that will still be handled by sophomore Oliver Straw.
Hayes spoke with WVSN following his decision to commit to West Virginia.
Miller comes to Morgantown from Kent State, where he spent the past five years. He has one final year of eligibility left to use at WVU after signing on Jan. 13.
Miller was a member of the Golden Flashes program for five years, taking a redshirt in his true freshman season and also drawing another campaign from the impact of COVID-19.
The 5-foot-10, 179 pound South Carolina native recorded 52 tackles, 40 solo, in 2022, while also tallying two interceptions, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and eight pass breakups.
TE Kole Taylor
Perhaps West Virginia’s biggest addition was the first transfer to officially sign. Kole Taylor completed his transfer from LSU to WVU by signing on Jan. 13. He will replace Mike O’Laughlin as the Mountaineers top tight end, and also possibly provide a better option in the passing game.
Taylor has three years and 32 games of experience coming with him from LSU. However, only seven of those 32 games were starts, and just 17 career catches for 159 yards and just one touchdown.