Following media availability with defensive backs coach ShaDon Brown and wide receivers coach Tony Washington, WVU head coach Neal Brown popped in unannounced to drop a bomb on the status of next season’s defensive line.
Junior nose tackle Akheem Mesidor is transferring. The Ontario, Canada native told head coach Brown that he had entered his name into the portal after compiling a True Freshman All-America campaign and All-Big 12 Second and Third team honors last season. He leaves the Mountaineer program with 70 tackles (44 solo), six sacks, and 7.5 TFLs.
“Some of our cases, it was the best interest of both parties,” Brown said. “Most of the time, you really sense them coming, right, but not this one. Akheem’s a great kid. He’s was excelling in the classroom and on the football field. I love Akheem Mesidor. I love the kid, so I’m not angry about it. I’m not upset… I think just hurt. Hurt because of the investment and more so just the relationship. A year recruiting. Two years in the program.
“Akheem worked extremely hard. Akheem’s talented, but those two really helped him go from a guy who was a three-star recruit who had a lot of potential to a Freshman All-American who was an All-Big 12 player. I hurt for the D-Line room. The D-Line is probably our closest position room we’ve had over the last two years, and they’re disappointed. They’re hurt. Probably the hard thing for me is how quick it happens. He’s been in practices and in meetings as late as Tuesday, and so, in many ways, I hurt for Akheem too just because I don’t think he’s making a good long-term decision…