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West Virginia safety Kenny Robinson Jr. (2) celebrates making a tackle against Kansas State.

West Virginia University safety Kenny Robinson has put his name in the NCAA transfer portal.

Yet the Mountaineers also are welcoming a new wide receiver by way of Florida State.

Entering into the transfer portal does not make it mandatory for a player to leave his current school, but if Robinson does leave Morgantown he would have three years to play two seasons at his next school. The news was first reported by 247Sports.

Robinson, an All-Big 12 first-team pick last season as a sophomore, was second on the Mountaineers with 77 tackles in 2018, trailing only Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Tennessee Titans draft pick David Long for the team lead.

A native of Wilkinson, Pennsylvania, just outside Pittsburgh, Robinson is now the second expected starter to enter into the transfer portal since the end of spring practice. In late April, receiver Marcus Simms announced he was leaving WVU after missing the majority of the spring session.

Robinson figured to be the Mountaineers’ starter at free safety, and his departure would leave WVU a bit thin on experience at the back of its defense.

Junior Sean Mahone, a special-teams standout and converted cornerback, was behind Robinson on the spring depth chart and first-year coach Neal Brown has a trio of newcomers in former Capital High standout Kerry Martin, Tykee Smith and Osita Smith — a four-star recruit according to 247Sports — who could also be in the mix for playing time at free safety with Robinson’s absence.

Meanwhile, WVU announced Tuesday evening that former five-star recruit George Campbell will come to WVU as a graduate transfer. Campbell was 247Sports’ No. 3 receiver in the 2015 signing class, but injuries limited him to just 13 catches for 206 yards in his Seminole career.

Campbell announced in February he would leave FSU as a graduate transfer and initially chose Penn State before changing his mind. The Tampa Bay Times first reported the news Tuesday afternoon.

Contact Tom Bragg at or 304-348-4871. Follow him on Twitter @TomBraggSports. Read Tom’s WVU sports blog at