The West Virginia University football team picked up its second commitment of the 2018 class on Tuesday afternoon and for the second time in this class, it was a defensive lineman. Paintsville (Kentucky) defensive tackle Tyrese Allen chose the Mountaineers over fellow finalists Cincinnati, Purdue, and Memphis during a ceremony at his high school.
The 247Sports three-star recruit visited Morgantown numerous times over the last few months, including a Junior Day in March and the spring game this past weekend. He was fairly certain of his decision prior to Saturday’s return trip to campus, but that visit helped solidify his decision.
“It was really good,” he said. “I got to see things more in depth than last time. ... (The coaches) just said they were all very excited about (my decision).”
Allen stands at 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, but has the athleticism to play on the edge of the defensive line, too. The coaches see him as a three-technique, similarly to how they used Christian Brown in the last couple of seasons. However, he could line up at any of the spots along the defensive front. Regardless of where he ends up, 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong feels the Mountaineers got a good one.
“His relentlessness and his power make him a guy that will be a productive player at the point of attack,” said Wiltfong. “He’s a good player against the run and he’s got some athleticism to him. He’s an old-school, back alley, tough and physical kid. He’s a high-motor football player.”
Allen joins Bethel Park (Pennsylvania) nose tackle James Gmiter as the lone commitments of the 2018 class. Both hold mid three-star rankings from 247Sports, pushing the Mountaineers to 60th in the 247Sports team rankings as of Tuesday afternoon — a good spot for a team with only two commitments.
The focus on the defensive front now turns to Fairmont Senior star Dante Stills, a legacy recruit with a four-star ranking from 247Sports. His brother, Darius, is a 2017 signee that will be on campus in a couple months, while his father, Gary, shined for the Mountaineers from 1996-98.