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WR Jovon Durante leaving WVU for FAU

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Former WVU receiver Jovon Durante — oddly using a graphic that misspelled his name — announced via Twitter on Saturday he is indeed leaving the Mountaineer program and is joining new head coach Lane Kiffin at Florida Atlantic.

“First off I want to thank [God] for helping me get through the process and me putting all the faith in [Him]… [I] would like to thank the Great State of West Virginia and WVU football team, coaching staff for helping me [be] a college football player,” he wrote.

Durante later ended the message by saying “after talking things over with my parents I decided to further my education at Florida Atlantic University. #GoOwls.”

A FAU graphic accompanied the announcement, but spelled his name “Javon.” Durante had not been at WVU’s preseason camp and Mountaineer coach Dana Holgorsen had called it “personal issues.”

Kiffin has been building the Conference USA team with transfers from Power 5 schools. He landed quarterback DeAndre Johnson, who was once with Florida State, as well as players from Texas, Florida, Louisville, Syracuse and Colorado State.

Durante quickly made a name for himself in his first game in Morgantown as a true freshman. He caught a pass that went for a 41-yard score against Georgia Southern.

The 5-foot-11, 164-pound junior played in 25 career games for WVU and started 17. Last season he started eight games and played in all 13.

Durante had 331 yards receiving last season and two touchdowns. In his career, he had 59 catches for 709 yards and seven touchdowns.

He also returned kickoffs and punts for the Mountaineers.

By heading to Boca Raton, Durante will be headed toward his home in southern Florida. He’s from Hollywood, Florida, and attended Miramar High, which also produced ex-Mountaineer standouts Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey.

As of mid-afternoon Saturday WVU had not issued a statement.

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