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February 4, 2013
Growing up as a child in Morgantown Shane Commodore had the same dream as so many others in that area. To one day run out of the tunnel at Mountaineer field, wearing the ol' Gold and Blue. Saturday afternoons in the fall, would be the biggest day of the week.
"Every Saturday was a big deal," Commodore said. "The biggest thing would be the game and if you were lucky you would get to spend the day in the stadium watching the game. It was an amazing atmosphere, I always wanted to play for them."
So it fits well that yesterday, Saturday, that the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Morgantown product got the opportunity of a lifetime.
"We went to visit on Saturday," he said. "I got to see the facilities and I was very impressed. They were better than anything I have seen so far. "
Commodore expounded more on his visit. "The DC Keith Patterson and safeties coach Tony Gibson talked to me and said that they would like for me to walk-on."
It didn't take long for the West Virginia prospect to give the Mountaineer staff an answer.
"It's a dream to play for West Virginia," he exclaimed. "It's big being a kid wanting to go to all the game. I really think this is the best decision for me."
The coaching staff has set in motion a plan for the Morgantown safety to find his way on to the field and maybe a scholarship.
"They say I can come on in and earn a spot for special teams. Then I can work my way onto the defense for some playing time. Once I get some playing time I may get a chance to earn a scholarship," Commodore said.
While Commodore hadn't received a scholarship offer to this point, he did get multiple offers to walk-on.
"I've talked to Robert Morris, Shepard, WV State and Arizona," Commodore said. "Nothing compared to West Virginia though, that's why I made my decision."
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