MLK's Angus opts out of Florida pledge, chooses West Virginia

Posted: February 07, 2014

DONTAE ANGUS walked around the gymnasium at Martin Luther King High before the school's signing-day ceremony yesterday with a not-so-subtle hat stuffed underneath his black sweatshirt with turquoise lettering.

After orally committing to the University of Florida months earlier, the reason behind the clandestine cap was unclear, until he announced his pledge to West Virginia University.

When the Gators fired offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive-line coach Tim Davis in December, Angus said he lost contact with the school. But, when you're a 6-6, 320-pound offensive lineman, you needn't look far for suitors.

"I didn't get a call from [Florida], and I wasn't going to sit and wait, so I just decided to move on," Angus said.

The Mountaineers offered Angus a scholarship last summer, and he visited the school last weekend. Angus, who has yet to qualify academically, was one of 10 Cougars to either sign or commit to play college football yesterday.

Delane Hart, a 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver, committed to Toledo. Hart, who finished his career with 93 catches for 2,038 yards (No. 1 total in Public League history, according to, went unclaimed until visiting the Ohio school last weekend.

"I was a little stressed out a couple weeks ago, because I really didn't have anywhere to go, and then Toledo came in a little bit late," Hart said. "I liked the campus, and they showed a lot of love toward me."

Less uncertainty surrounded quarterback Joseph Walker, who attends Parkway NW but played for King as part of a cooperative sponsorship. The 6-3, 190-pound QB penned with Delaware yesterday after orally committing to the Blue Hens in December. Walker helped lead the Cougars to their first Public League Class AAA championship, was named AAA MVP by the coaches and finished his career with 3,795 passing yards (No. 3 total in Pub history) and 48 TDs (tops in Pub history).

"Feels great to see everybody successful, moving on and doing the right thing, going to college and playing ball," Walker said.

Several players committed to Division II programs. Frank Darden (6-3, 300 OL/DL) is headed to Bloomsburg. Brendan Jackson (6-1, 215 TE) will play at Cheyney. Savan Hinton (5-9, 290 DL) and Darius Hurst-Rodney (5-10, 225 OL) committed to Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. Damon Brinkley (5-10, 180 CB) and Jordan Alexander (6-1, 220 LB) will suit up at Shippensburg. James Brewer (6-1, 215 LB) is headed to Lock Haven.

Meanwhile, Mike Lynch (5-10, 170 CB) received a full academic scholarship to Penn State, but will not play football.

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