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WVU Among Major Programs to Reach Out to Top USC IOL Transfer

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WVU Football in contact with USC transfer OL Jason Zandamela

The 2024 season marks a new era for the WVU offensive line, and a report suggests the Mountaineers are looking to add some extra security. A report from Hayes Fawcett of On3 Sports reveals West Virginia as one of the programs trying to pursue one of the top offensive lineman on the transfer market.

According to Fawcett, WVU is one of 11 programs that has already reached out to USC transfer Jason Zandamela. The other schools on Fawcett’s report Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), UCF, USF, Nebraska and Rutgers are the other schools expressing interest in the 6-foot-3, 305-pound Zandamela.

WVU has locked in a visit with Zandamela for next week.

Most experts view Zandamela, a Clearwater, Fla. native, as an attractive offensive lineman. Zandamela’s lone season at USC coupled with his recruiting status prior to 2024 and his remaining eligibility – he has four years left – make him such a sought after player.

Zandamela, an interior offensive lineman was regarded as USC’s top 2024 recruit when he signed with the Trojans out of high school. He was rated as the No. 46 overall prospect and the No. 1 offensive lineman in the 2024 class by 247 Sports.

While WVU’s offensive line has been its most consistent unit in recent years, especially during the 2023 season, but losing anchors Zach Frazier and Doug Nester are naturally creating questions about if the current group can keep up the same level of play moving forward. Adding a player of the caliber of Zandamela would bolster the talent and depth tasked with protecting Garrett Greene and company.

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