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WVU Lands N.C. State Transfer Defensive End Joseph Boletepeli

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West Virginia’s already deep defensive line got even deeper on Thursday afternoon when North Carolina State defensive end Joseph Bolteepeli announced he intends to transfer to WVU.

Boletepeli played sparingly as a freshman in 2018 and was able to retain his redshirt year of eligibility before opening the 2019 season as a starter for the Wolfpack under former WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.

An injury forced him out of the lineup early in the season, but he did return to finish his redshirt freshman campaign with 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and 1.5 sacks. Listed at 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, Boletepleli entered the transfer portal in January but did not enroll at another school for the spring semester.

Coming out of high school in North Carolina, Boletepeli chose to stay close to home with N.C. State over offers from Michigan State, Georgia, Miami and North Carolina among others.

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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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