It wasn’t a glamorous recruiting process for Braden Fiske the first time around, but it promises to be a much more involved experience the second time around.
Fiske, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior defensive lineman from Western Michigan, entered the transfer portal this week after five seasons in Kalamazoo — four seasons on the field, three seasons starting.
Over the last three seasons, serving as a lynchpin in the WMU defense, Fiske racked up 124 tackles (66 solo), 25 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Fiske earned All-MAC second-team honors in 2022, alongside fellow WMU transfer portal entree Andre Carter, and he served as a team captain.
It’s a tough loss for Western Michigan, but it’s a big opportunity for other teams. And West Virginia has jumped into the ring.
Fiske told WV Sports Now that the WVU coaching staff has extended him an offer since he entered the transfer portal.
However, it will be tough sledding to land the big defensive lineman. Fiske confirmed to WVSN that Penn State has also extended an offer, and he’s received further offers from Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Rutgers. And that number will likely grow higher and higher.
It remains to be seen whether Fiske will make a visit to Morgantown this winter, which would follow a recent visit to Notre Dame, but it’s clear the defensive line will look to be bolstered.
All-Big-12 first-teamer Dante Stills is off to the NFL, and the defensive line will need further additions. Fiske will have just one season of eligibility, but it will likely be a high-impact role.