And there's a bonus for WVU.
"He's a leader on defense for us - and a leader on campus," Lattimer said. "He's been named a [resident assistant], which is a pretty big deal here. You have to wear a suit and tie and go through an interview process, just like a job.
"He's a pretty special kid. He has a 2 1/2-year old son back home. But he knows he has to do this [junior college route] to take care of his son. That motivates Devante. He's busted his butt to graduate in 18 months."
Averette will have two years of eligibility at WVU with the option to redshirt one.
Kudos to WVU athletic director Oliver Luck for his work in reviving regional rivalries for his school's football team.
Yes, the signed contracts between WVU, Virginia Tech and Penn State are considerably down the road. But Mountaineer fans have to like what Luck has done.
In the four years from 2021 to 2024, West Virginia will play regional rivals again. The Mountaineers will host Virginia Tech in 2021, visit Blacksburg in 2022, visit State College, Pa., in 2023, and host Penn State in 2024.
"It was just a matter of picking up the phone," Luck said on Thursday. "All the other schools are thinking the same way we are. They're very willing to talk about putting these series together."
Luck spoke about the flavor of the regional series. He spoke of the desire to upgrade schedules in light of upcoming playoffs. He spoke of scheduling holdups within the ACC because of Notre Dame's relationship to the conference.
And he confirmed ongoing talks with Pitt and Virginia. There have been none, though, with Ohio State, he said.
And finally . . .
WVU Tech is seeking a new athletic director. The news that Frank Pergolizzi has resigned is just now resonating.
But the names of potential candidates are already popping, and the name that makes the most sense among those being discussed is Bryce Casto.
The former football coach - his South Charleston team won the 1994 Class AAA championship - was the athletic director at West Virginia State before moving up to school vice president. When the school hired a new president, though, Casto was replaced. He's been helping Nitro head coach Derek Midkiff as an assistant.
Casto, though, would be a great fit at Tech. He's very well respected and if anyone can straighten out the mess that's Tech athletics, it's Casto.
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