"I Can Come In and Take Over"

Mario Alford

West Virginia got their biggest National Signing Day surprise in years when the nation's No. 1 junior college athlete, Mario Alford, flipped his commitment from Arizona to West Virginia and sent in his Letter of Intent to Morgantown.

"I just felt like I had a better chance to come in and make a different," said the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete. "Geno (Smith), Stedman (Bailey) and Tavon (Austin) are gone, so they need someone to put up numbers like they did."

And the four-star, 95-rated prospect feels he is the one to do it.

"I feel like I can come in and take over up there," said Alford. "I know they really need me up there and I'm not sure Arizona did. I feel like I can make a name for myself at West Virginia."

And Alford, one of the highest-rated recruits to ever commit to the Mountaineers, wants the fans to be ready.

"I just want to let Morgantown know, here I come! Here comes number five!"

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