Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY ; NCAA DIVISION II; Moorefield's Schoonover Likes Homey Feel at Glenville State

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY ; NCAA DIVISION II; Moorefield's Schoonover Likes Homey Feel at Glenville State

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Wil Schoonover spent the better part of his last two football seasons at Moorefield High School doing what many star West Virginia high school football players do. Schoonover, who was a two-time Class A All-State selection as a linebacker then was named the All- State captain for his work at running back in 2015 while leading the Yellow Jackets to their first playoff semifinal appearance since 2003, visited numerous colleges at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) levels, getting significant interest at both.

He switched positions from linebacker to strong safety in an effort to show prospective college coaches his ability to play in the secondary. He waited, received an invitation to walk on at West Virginia and, less than a week before signing day, announced that he would, instead, accept a scholarship to play at Glenville State.

"I like the small town too, because it reminded me of home: small, fans that care and a good neighborhood, Schoonover said when asked what factors went into his decision.

He said it wasn't easy, however, to turn down WVU.

"The hardest decision was turning down WVU because that was my dream growing up and always having that vision of coming out of the tunnel holding the Flying WV flag, he said.

Schoonover is one of a growing list of the state's top players who are shunning schools at the Division I level to play Division II football, and specifically in the Mountain East Conference. While Wednesday will be highlighted by blue-chip recruits donning baseball caps embroidered with the logos of their new home schools, most MEC schools will see their recruiting class lists form gradually. The trend of D2 schools who catch players who fall through the cracks is a long-established one.

That might be changing, however. South Charleston running back Brayden Underwood has already made it known he will play at the University of Charleston, while Nitro's Collin Beckner will move on to play at West Virginia State. …

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