West Virginia received a commitment Saturday from a 2019 prospect when Winston Salem (N.C.) Parkland linebacker Lee Kpogba pulled the trigger in favor of the Mountaineers.
Kpogba, 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, selected the Mountaineers on the tail end of an unofficial visit for the Oklahoma State game. West Virginia initially offered the linebacker prospect over the summer following an impressive camp performance by coordinator Tony Gibson.
That relationship only continued to build with defensive line coach Bruce Tall and Kpogba decided he had seen enough in his recruitment to pull the trigger on where he wanted to spend his college career.
“It’s the place I want to be. They show me a lot of love and I like the fans and the atmosphere up there,” Kpogba said.
West Virginia is targeting Kpogba for one of the linebacker spots in the Mountaineers defense and he selected the Big 12 Conference program over offers from Old Dominion and East Carolina, as well as a host of interest from other power five schools.
In addition to the bond with the coaching staff, Kpogba also was impressed with the fan base and the atmosphere inside of Mountaineer Field.
“Just the fan base and I just feel like it’s the best fit for me,” he said.
Overall, Kpogba becomes the second commitment for West Virginia in the 2019 class behind Altoona (Pa.) Bishop Guilfoyle 2019 kicker Kolton McGhee.