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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 Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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