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WVU Lands Commitment from European DE Edward Vesterinen

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West Virginia University’s recent recruiting connection to European football — not soccer but actual American football played in Europe — paid off again Monday morning.

Edward Vesterinen, a 6-foot-4, 240 pound defensive lineman from Finland went to Twitter to announce he had not only received a scholarship offer from the Mountaineers, but he was ready to commit to WVU right now.

Vesterinen, a standout for the Helsinki Roosters and member of Finland’s youth national team, joins Swedish tight end Victor Wikstrom as Europeans committed to WVU’s 2021 recruiting class. If both make it on campus in Morgantown, that would give West Virginia three Europeans — along with Dutch defensive back Jairo Faverus — on the roster who were recruited by Brown. Vesterinen currently has offers from Coastal Carolina and Massachusetts in addition to the Mountaineers.

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Tom has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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