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West Virginia lands three prospects

July, 31, 2013
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Defensive end Tyree Owens (Oviedo, Fla./Oviedo) and pair of offensive tackles -- Jamie Herr (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian) and Walter Rauterkus (Avon, Ohio/Avon) -- each committed this week to West Virginia, according to multiple reports.

Owens, a 6-foot-4, 236-pound prospect, selected the Mountaineers over scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Eastern Illinois, Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Marshall, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Troy, Virginia, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

He posted an electronically-timed 4.88 40-yard dash, 4.62 20-yard shuttle, 32.5-inch vertical, 34-foot power throw and 81.78 SPARQ this spring at a Nike combine.

"West Virginia had the best family feel," Owens told the Orlando Sentinel. "When I got there (on a visit this past weekend) they welcomed me with open arms and it was everything I could have hoped for... just great the whole time I was there."

Herr, one of many FBS prospects from Eastern Christian Academy, was also offered by Boston College, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Temple. He's 6-5 and 265 pounds.

Ohio was Rauterkus' only other scholarship offer. Programs including Ball State, Bowling Green, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and Purdue also recruited the 6-6, 285-pound prospect.

West Virginia's 2014 class is at 11 players.

Juco Keontae Hollis zips to Akron 

January, 24, 2013
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Iowa Central Community College (Fort Dodge, Ia.) defensive tackle Keontae Hollis has committed to Akron, multiple sources report. He officially visited the Mid-American Conference program last weekend.

Safety Corey Quallen picks Ohio 

November, 8, 2012
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The Bobcats have received a commitment from in-state defensive back Corey Quallen (Mason, Ohio/Mason), according to multiple sources.

Quallen, a 6-foot-1, 207-pound safety, selected Ohio over scholarship offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois, Indiana State, Miami (Ohio) and Toledo. Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State and Wisconsin showed interest.

Before his junior year, Quallen registered combine-verified figures including a 4.89 40-yard dash, 4.22 20-yard shuttle and 28-inch vertical.

Ohio now has 13 pledges.

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WKU nabs WR Jalen Edwards 

October, 1, 2012
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Three-star senior wide receiver Jalen Edwards (Avon, Ind.) has pledged to sign with the Hilltoppers, according to multiple reports.

Cincinnati and Eastern Illinois also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-9, 154-pound prospect. Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Minnesota, TCU and Tennessee showed interest.

Edwards caught 39 passes for 712 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior.

He is commitment No. 14 for Western Kentucky.

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Defensive end Adam Kulon (Algonquin, Ill./H.D. Jacobs) will suit up for the Rockets after committing to Toledo, multiple sources report.

Bowling Green, Eastern Illinois, North Dakota, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan also offered the 6-foot-5, 240-pound athlete.

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