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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Dominion RB Deandre Reaves switches commitment from West Virginia to Marshall

By Matt Brooks

Dominion senior running back Deandre Reaves - who originally committed to West Virginia on Aug. 13 - has de-committed to WVU after expressing concerns about coaching changes and the academic support available at the Big East school.

Early last month, Reaves made the decision to switch his commitment to Marshall -- a program that pursued him heavily early on and became his second choice after the Mountaineers.

After de-committing from West Virginia, Dominion's Deandre Reaves will sign with Marshall Wednesday. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

"There was definitely some uncertainty there with coaches getting fired," the second-team All-Met said. "I knew Marshall had a pretty set coaching staff and they knew everything they were going to be doing.

(Although Bill Stewart remains the Mountaineers head coach going into the 2011 season, his contract was not renewed by the university and assistant coach Dana Holgorson has already been named his successor.)

"I also decided I could have the opportunity to be a better student athlete at a place that would have a better academic support system," Reaves said. "It just turned out to be a better fit for me."

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back, defensive back and kick returner was a four-year starter at Dominion, setting numerous school records as he rushed for more than 5,000 yards and piled up 67 total touchdowns. This fall Reaves racked up 1,780 yards and 31 touchdowns - including two kickoff returns for scores - to lead the Titans to their first playoff game in school history. Earlier this week Reaves, who spent most of the season taking direct snaps and serving as a part-time quarterback, was named to the Associated Press 2010 All-Group AA first team.

As a running back with a similar build and skillset to former West Virginia star Steve Slaton (5-9, 199) and the Mountaineers 2010 leading rusher Noel Devine (5-8, 175), Reaves saw an offensive system at West Virginia that could showcase his speed and electric play-making ability. But he expects the Thundering Herd to provide similar opportunities.

"I'm very excited about going to Marshall," Reaves said. "Whether it was there or West Virginia, I'm blessed to be able to do this - to go to college and play football."

Reaves will sign his National Letter of Intent at 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Sterling school and then participate in a signing ceremony with classmates at 3:45 p.m. Unless, of course, Loudoun County Public Schools close for the second consecutive day due to weather. Should that occur, Reaves said he's not sure when or where he would sign.

Reaves joins Colonial Forge senior tight end Eric Frohnapfel as the second All-Met to recently de-commit from West Virginia and commit to Marshall. Last week, Frohnapfel changed his course, joining brother Blake in Marshall's growing Northern Virginia recruiting contingent.

By Matt Brooks  | February 1, 2011; 11:27 AM ET
Categories:  Deandre Reaves, Marshall, West Virginia  | Tags:  All-Met, Deandre Reaves, High School Football, Marshall, West Virginia  
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He would never have seen PT. Buie is more highly regarded this year. Holgs will bring in his guys next year.

Posted by: Stu27 | February 1, 2011 2:00 PM | Report abuse

This story could have been buttoned up much quicker by simply saying...WVU backed off of Reaves b/c of grades and Frohnapfel is a TE and WVUs new O/C doesn't use TE much if at all so he knew his playing time would be next to zero. But who needs facts.

Posted by: b201alex201 | February 2, 2011 8:25 AM | Report abuse

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