West Virginia mined its own backyard for its latest commitment when Martinsburg (W.Va.) pass rusher Tavis Lee picked the Mountaineers Wednesday afternoon.
Lee, 6-foot-3, 225-pounds, committed to the Mountaineers after receiving a scholarship offer from West Virginia during an unofficial visit for the Iowa State game.
The in-state prospect was named the captain of the Class AAA all-state team last season after recording a dozen sacks and has 6.5 this year for the undefeated Bulldogs.
Making multiple visits to Morgantown over the past couple years, Lee has been a regular both both campus trips and for games. During the summer he worked out at outside linebacker for the Mountaineers but is slated to start his career at defensive line after he spends a season redshirting and bulking up.
Lee was recruited by assistant Mark Scott and the two developed a close bond throughout the course of the recruiting process.
The second in-state commitment for West Virginia in this cycle following Fairmont (W.Va.) Fairmont Senior defensive end Dante Stills and represents the 20th pledge overall in the class with the fifth along the defensive front.
WVSports.com will have more with Lee in the near future.