MORGANTOWN — Because the NCAA’s 30-day switch window opened final Monday, a lot of West Virginia gamers have introduced their entrance into the portal.
Most notable among the many potential departures are beginning defensive sort out Mike Lockhart, who introduced his entry Saturday, and backup working again Justin Johnson Jr., who made the announcement early Sunday.
Lockhart had a breakout second season with the Mountaineers, main the crew with 9 tackles for loss and selecting up 2.5 sacks. Lockhart transferred to WVU from Georgia Tech forward of the 2022 season and could have one yr of eligibility remaining now as a graduate switch.
Johnson was anticipated to have a big function in WVU’s run-first offense, however was overshadowed by returning starter CJ Donaldson and breakout freshman Jahiem White. In 9 video games, Johnson carried the ball 38 instances for 150 yards and one landing.
On Tuesday, WVU head coach Neal Brown stated he expects to lose some gamers this offseason, as all packages will, however is targeted on conserving the crew’s most important core collectively.
“It’s going to be ongoing,” Brown stated. “Our hope is we will maintain onto our most important gamers. You’re going to lose some, that’s simply regular, however we hope we will preserve all of them collectively.”
Different WVU gamers at the moment within the portal are freshman cross rusher James Heard, who scarcely noticed taking part in time this season, backup kicker Danny King, backup cornerback Andrew Wilson-Lamp, whose particular groups blunder was the turning level in a midseason loss to Oklahoma State, beginning spear Hershey McLaurin, who made 44 tackles in 11 video games, and reserve receivers Ja’Shaun Poke, Cortez Braham, Jeremiah Aaron and Davis Mallinger.
A number of WVU gamers have additionally dedicated to returning to the Mountaineers for 2024, together with White, quarterback Garrett Greene, receivers Traylon Ray and Rodney Gallagher, tight finish Kole Taylor, linebacker Josiah Trotter and offensive linemen Wyatt Milum and Tomas Rimac.