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July 28, 2014
Making his own path
Glades Central (Fla.) offensive lineman Jah'Shaun Seider understands all too-well the connection to West Virginia with his brother JaJuan playing and now coaching in Morgantown but Saturday's decision to commit to the Mountaineers was one he made independently of those family ties.
Seider, 6-foot-2, 287-pounds, selected West Virginia over offers from LSU, Mississippi, Louisville, South Florida and several others but had to earn his scholarship offer from the Mountaineers the hard way by competing in the final one-day camp of the summer.
"I feel really good about it. People are showing a lot of love and it's great," he said.
It was a process that had been set in motion since last summer, when offensive line coach Ron Crook encouraged the versatile lineman to make his way up to camp to compete and show the coaching staff that he had what they were wanting up front.
"I was confident with what I saw out there and I felt pretty good so I wasn't worried. I knew my talents and what my levels were and my expectations of myself," he said. "Coach Crook told me for a whole year to come up to camp and it's a relief because it's finally over."
After receiving the scholarship at the end of the camp it took Seider only around ten minutes to commit to the Mountaineers and effectively end his recruitment. And who was the first person he wanted to share the news with?
"(JaJuan and I) were both happy at the same time. He felt real happy because he knew I got the offer on my own and we both gave each other a big hug and had big smiles on our faces," he said. "He supported me no matter what my decision was or the school I wanted to go to. But they finally offered me we'll now get to spend more time together."
West Virginia offered Seider has an offensive lineman that will begin his career at guard but has the possibility to move around to all five spots if needed. It's nothing new for the Rivals.com three-star prospect as he has done much of the same during his time at Glades Central.
"I'm used to doing that," he said.
Following the high-pressure early camp, Seider was able to meet with many of his future teammates and relax at the evening Showtime camp and hit it off with several of the 2015 recruiting class.
"I finally got that offer so I could relax. We all were really close and connected and I even ended up talking with Jovon Durante about rooming together or getting an apartment next year," he said.
Seider plans to enroll at West Virginia in the summer and is excited to begin his career in Morgantown.
"I'm a Mountaineer. Now we've got another Seider playing on the team. One was a quarterback and now an offensive lineman," he said.
Seider is the 15th commitment for West Virginia in the class of 2015.
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