Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Seider Leaves Mountaineers for Florida Job

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Seider Leaves Mountaineers for Florida Job

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MORGANTOWN - West Virginia is losing one of its top recruiters on the day after National Signing Day. Running backs coach JaJuan Seider, a former Mountaineers quarterback and graduate assistant and a full-time assistant since 2013, is leaving to take the same job with the University of Florida, sources told the Gazette-Mail on Thursday. Seider was making a base salary of $340,000 a year on a contract that covered him through the 2017 season. The contract has a clause that states Seider must pay WVU 25 percent of his remaining salary if he takes another job "without first obtaining a release from WVU. If applied, Seider would owe the Mountaineers around $85,000 within 30 days.

He has been a critical part of WVU recruiting and especially in south Florida, a talent vault to which the Mountaineers gained access in the 1980s under former coach Don Nehlen and his assistant, current Marshall coach Doc Holliday. Seider was a high school star at Glades Central and later a college star at Florida A&M. He was an assistant at three Florida high schools before working as a graduate assistant at WVU and then an assistant at Marshall for Holliday. In 2012, he was named Conference USA's recruiter of the year.

In the 2017 signing class the Mountaineers unveiled Wednesday, Seider was credited with New Orleans running back Tevin Bush, south Florida receiver Alec Sinkfield and south Florida defensive lineman Lamonte McDougle.

Seider is an able coach, too. Charles Sims, Dreamius Smith and Wendell Smallwood, all Seider pupils in succession, are in the NFL. Sims was a third-round draft pick, Smith was an undrafted free agent who's been good enough to hang around with multiple teams and Smallwood was a fifth-round pick. Seider was able to use that to craft a message to recruits by asking if they wanted to follow the same path.

This past season, the running backs saw injuries slow and sideline starter Rushel Shell as well as Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy. When all three were unavailable in the 11th game of the regular season, Martell Pettaway broke his redshirt and ran for 181 yards. …

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