West Virginia's football team has added five high school graduates to its football roster. All will be eligible to practice with WVU during spring drills. The list includes three players from Florida and two from Texas.
Imarjaye Albury, DT, 6-1, 280, Miami, Fla./Northwestern HS
Coached by Billy Rolle at Northwestern High … helped lead Northwestern High to a 16-6 record as a two-year starter at defensive tackle … in 2011, finished with 45 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and four sacks … helped Northwestern advance to the regional semifinals of the 2010 Florida 6A state playoffs ... invited to 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … played in the Nike South Florida All-Star Football Game for the Miami-Dade All-Stars … 2012 Scout.com No. 74 defensive tackle … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Defensive Tackle … Miami Herald Miami-Dade County Top 25 Recruit … ranked as the No. 3 defensive lineman on Miami Herald Top Players by Position list … previously played at Carol City … Also offered by Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville and Wake Forest.
Ford Childress, QB, 6-4, 210, Houston, Texas/Houston Kinkaid HS
Coached by Steve Hill at Houston Kinkaid High … led team to a 20-1 record in two seasons as a starter, winning back-to-back Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) championships in 2010 and 2011 … completed 184-of-292 passes for 3,171 yards and 41 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in 10 games as a senior, completing 63.01 percent of his passes … sixth in passing yards and second in touchdown passes in the Houston area … threw for 300 or more yards in six games and 400 or more yards in one game … completed 19-of-26 passes for 354 yards and seven touchdowns against Anahuac … threw for 328 yards and four touchdowns on 21-of-30 passing against Westbury Christian … threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two touchdowns on 21-of-37 passing for 357 yards against Second Baptist School … completed 13-of-15 passes for 322 yards and six touchdowns against Tulsa Holland Hall … threw for 376 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-40 passing against Bellaire Episcopal … threw six touchdowns on 14-of-17 passing for 283 yards against Kipp Academy … completed 17-of-23 passes for 369 yards and seven touchdowns against Dallas Greenhill … threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns on 30-of-46 passing against Dallas St. Marks, with one rushing touchdown … finished 2010 season completing 177-of-307 passes for 2,658 yards, 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions … threw for 300 or more yards in three games … Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 recruit … a two-time all-SPC first team quarterback … invited to the 2012 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl … ESPNU Top 150 … 2012 Scout.com No. 25 quarterback … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Pro-Style Quarterback … also offered by Arizona, Arizona State, Florida State and Oklahoma State.
Karl Joseph, S, 5-11, 190, Orlando, Fla./Edgewater HS
Coached by Zac Yarbrough at Edgewater High School … helped lead Edgewater to a 7-4 record as a senior … played for coach Bill Gierke as a junior and helped lead Edgewater to a 7-4 mark … finished 2011 with 126 tackles (97 solo), three sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, four blocked punts and two blocked field goals … registered 142 tackles (109 solo) in 2010, to go along with 22 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries … registered first team Orlando Sentinel all-Central Florida Defensive honors in 2011 … rated No. 7 on the Orlando Sentinel 2012 Central Florida Super60 … ranked No. 53 Miami Herald 2012 pre-spring Florida Top 101 … also was No. 48 Orlando Sentinel 2012 Florida Top 100 … 2012 Scout.com No. 37 safety … 2012 Tom Lemming Top Safety … also offered by Cincinnati, East Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCF, USF and Virginia.
Jordan Thompson, WR, 5-9, 163, Katy, Texas/Katy HS
Coached by Gary Joseph at Katy High … helped lead Katy to a 25-2 record as a two-year starter and to two District 19-5A conference championships … finished 2011 with 66 receptions and 1,117 yards receiving for an average of 17.8 yards per catch to go along with 17 touchdowns … ranked ninth in the Houston area in receiving yards and fifth in receiving touchdowns … had a touchdown reception in all but one game in 2011 … Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 recruit … Houston Chronicle second team all-Greater Houston offense in 2011 … named the 19-5A all-District Special Teams Player of the Year, as well as unanimous first-team wide receiver and first-team return specialist in 2011 … earned 19-5A all-district second team wide receiver honors in 2010 … also named a two-time 19-5A all-district academic team member … finished with seven catches for 120 yards and two touchdowns against Galena Park North Shore … recorded five receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns against Alief Taylor … caught eight passes for 102 yards and one touchdown against Beaumont West Brook … set a school record with 217 yards on nine catches and three touchdowns against Houston Strake Jesuit … caught seven passes for 114 yards and three touchdowns against Katy Mayde Creek … also had touchdown receptions against Katy Seven Lakes, Katy Morton Ranch, Houston Memorial, Katy Taylor, Houston Madison, Houston Cypress Woods and La Porte … finished 2010 with 26 receptions for 384 yards and three touchdowns ... lost in the 2010 5A Division 2 state quarterfinals to current Mountaineer Dustin Garrison's Pearland squad … also played baseball.
Sean Walters, S, 6-2, 195, Hallandale Beach, Fla./Hallandale HS
Played one season for coach Dameon Jones at Hallandale High … recorded 89 tackles, 29 pass breakups and one interception in 2011 … Sun Sentinel honorable mention all-Broward County Class 5A-4A-3A-2A defense … ranked as the No. 5 safety on Miami Herald Top Players by Position list … played for the South Florida All-Stars in the 2011 Nike South Florida All-Star Game … invited to the FACA North-South All-Star Game … sat out junior season with ankle injury suffered in preseason game … previously was a two-year point guard for Boyd Anderson High … led squad to a 24-7 record in 2009-10 with 66 assists, 88 rebounds and 34 steals … Miami Herald honorable mention all-Broward County Class 6A-5A-4A guard … also offered by Minnesota and USF.