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Brown reclassified, will have two years to play for West Virginia

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Late in the recruiting cycle last year the West Virginia coaching staff added junior college transfers Joe and Mike Brown. The two are brothers who hail from Compton, California. They both had very interesting paths en route to Morgantown. Michael (6’3″ 366 lbs) played at Eastern Arizona his first two years of collegiate ball and had initially committed to Kansas before flipping to the Mountaineers to join his brother.

The older of the two brothers, Joe, played at Miami as a redshirt freshman and even earned a starting role in 2015. He decided to leave the program and committed to transfer to BYU, but eventually chose playing at Eastern Arizona as well.

Joe was originally listed as a senior and would only have one year of eligibility, but was able to reclassify as a redshirt junior giving him two years with West Virginia. This is not only good news for the team’s immediate depth on the offensive line, but for the 2019 season as well. Both brothers are expected to compete for a starting guard position during fall camp. At the very least this season they will be a valuable piece in the lines rotation.

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