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West Virginia picks up legacy athlete

Posted on: June 19, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: June 19, 2011 10:05 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some players who go through the recruiting process often do so with one scholarship offer in mind that they are just hoping comes along. For Jersey City (N.J.) athlete Brandon Napoleon, that offer was from the school he grew up rooting for in West Virginia. The biggest reason he was a fan of the Mountaineers when he was younger is the fact that his father played for the team.

On Saturday, Napoleon gave his father, former West Virginia running back Eugene Napoleon, an early Father's Day present when he received an offer from the school and made a commitment to his father's alma mater.

"It means I'm going to be just like my dad bleeding blue and gold the rest of my life," Napoleon told 'It's very special to me not just because I committed there but because I get to walk on the same field my dad played on and follow his legacy, but start my own."

Mostly a quarterback in high school, the 6-foot, 180-pound Napoleon will likely end up as a defensive back upon arriving in Morgantown but his position in college isn't set yet.

"There is an opportunity to play early on either side of the ball," he said. "The people are good, everything down there is just a different life. It's a great place."

Napoleon selected West Virginia over Indiana, Connecticut, Illinois and Rutgers and becomes the school's sixth commitment for the class of 2012. He threw for almost 900 yards and had nine total touchdowns last season as a junior.
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