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Linebacker first to commit for WVU’s Class of 2016

By By Chris Anderson
For the Gazette

At West Virginia’s final one-day camp of the summer two weekends ago, Freeport (Pa.) linebacker Logan Thimons dominated the competition and earned his first of what would likely be many BCS offers, as Mountaineers assistant Tony Gibson informed him of the offer shortly after naming him camp MVP.

Afterward, Thimons mentioned that he would be sitting down with his family “to discuss things.” While he quickly backed off any insinuation of committing, he admits now that a pledge was always on his mind.

“The second they offered me I knew I was going to commit,” said the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder. “I knew prior to camps or anything, I knew they were my top choice. West Virginia has always been my number one choice, to get the offer from them was a dream come true.”

So, on Saturday afternoon, Thimons wasted no more time and decided to call up the coaching staff and make it official — he was the first commitment of West Virginia’s 2016 class.

“There is no other school that could come along that I would rather go to, so I might as well commit and focus on my education and get it behind me,” said Thimons, who was receiving interest from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Toledo and more. “There is no other place I’d rather be.”

Thimons says the coaches “were just as excited” as he was, and are pushing to get him up to campus as much as possible.

“They can’t wait to have me up there and I know they’ll take care of me,” he said. “They want to spend as much time as I can. I love being up there. I can’t wait to get back up there.”

One coach he has built a particularly strong bond with is new assistant coach Tom Bradley, who is also his lead recruiter.

“It’s honestly like a father-son relationship with Coach Bradley,” said Thimons. “He’s a great guy. I love him to death.”

Thimons says that he plans to get back up for a camp practice and “every home game, if possible.”

Chris Anderson is a full-time writer for

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