Springfield, Ohio linebacker Davonte James loves the number 2. It's the number he sports on his jersey, and the reason he chose Aug. 2 to announce his commitment to West Virginia.
"I chose West Virginia because of the family environment, and also how the players talked to me," James said. "They were saying how they wanted to build a legacy there together and how we could be a great team."
James had narrowed his choices down to West Virginia and Georgia Tech several weeks back. A visit to Morgantown this past weekend, though, cinched the deal for the Mountaineers.
"It was a huge, huge factor because at first I was leaning towards Georgia Tech," James said of the visit. "I hadn't seen much of West Virginia, and that's why I went back. I saw everything I didn't see before and just thought it was the perfect place to play."
James took part in West Virginia's camp when he visited last weekend. Their coaching staff projects him as an outside linebacker, and the camp was an opportunity for the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder to see how he meshed with the coaching staff.
"The camp was based on the coaches working with us and the drills we'd be doing when we get there," James said. "I worked with Coach [Erik] Slaughter and we'd been talking for awhile. Me and him have a very close relationship, and that really helped. That played a big part in me picking them."
With the James commitment, West Virginia has now landed six prospects in the last ten days, doubling their total for the class of 2014.