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Tyler Tezeno chooses West Virginia

Versatile offensive lineman Tyler Tezeno (Spring, Texas/Klein Collins) said on Thursday that he will take his talents to Morgantown, W.Va., and has verbally committed to West Virginia.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound lineman became the Mountaineers’ sixth commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. A three-star prospect, Tezeno chose West Virginia over offers from LSU, Boise State, Arizona State and several other programs.

“They [West Virginia] offered the second day of spring ball, and they’d been there since Day 1,” Tezeno said. “I went through the whole process just to weigh my options. The West Virginia coaches were very genuine, and I just felt like I could trust them.

Tezeno was recruited by West Virginia inside receivers coach Shannon Dawson. He is expected to play a center/guard hybrid for the Mountaineers. Tezeno played guard for Klein Collins in 2011, but he’s expected to line up at tackle for the 2012 season.

“I’ve always been a guard,” he said, “but I’m comfortable wherever I’m needed. I’m capable of playing anywhere.”

Tezeno said that West Virginia’s move to the Big 12 helped him make the decision. He will get the chance to play for a rising program in a top-tier conference. Most importantly, he’ll get a chance to play games in Texas, which will allow his family to make short road trips. The Mountaineers will play road games at Texas and Texas Tech for the upcoming season.

“It feels great,” Tezeno said of the decision. “Obviously during the process, it gets stressful, but it’s a good problem to have. I’m happy with everything. All the hard work and sweat has been worth it.”