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West Virginia Wins Battle for Alabama Pass Rusher Eddie Watkins

Cody Nespor

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While West Virginia was not overly busy signing recruits today, that does not mean the recruits they did sign came easily. Defensive end Eddie Watkins was the second recruit signed by WVU today and his recruitment battle may have been one of the toughest for the Mountaineers in the entire class.

Watkins (6-foot-3, 240 lbs.) had originally been committed to go to Georgia Tech but re-opened his commitment in early September. He chose West Virginia over offers from Arizona, Missouri, Purdue, Central Florida and Kentucky.

Watkins is rated a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and rivals. 247 had him as the 57th ranked defensive end prospect in the nation. In Alabama, rivals had him as the 39 best recruit, 247 42nd and ESPN 45th.

West Virginia announced Watkins as a bandit linebacker, meaning he will play on the defensive line and be coached by outside linebackers coach Al Pogue. After the announcement of Watkins’s signing Pogue tweeted that the recruiting combination of him and defensive line coach Jordan Lesley, named ‘Salt and Pepper’, was able to get Watkins.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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