We know by now the only thing that will hold West Virginia back in 2018 is a suspect defense. Well, Dana Holgorsen is doing everything he can to make sure that doesn’t happen.
The Mountaineers have landed a commitment from UCLA graduate transfer defensive back Denzel Fisher, who made the announcement on Twitter on Saturday.
— Denzel Fisher (@GloFissh) April 7, 2018
As a grad transfer, Fisher will be eligible to play immediately. He played in 23 games over the past three seasons, racking up 30 tackles and 4 pass break ups.
Denzel Fisher is from Compton, CA and was a three-star recruit in the Class of 2014, picking the Bruins over Washington State, Michigan State and others.
The Mountaineers are pretty inexperienced, and or weak, in the secondary. Tony Gibson’s 4-2-5 defense requires a lot of talent in the defensive backfield, which WVU just did not have in 2017. The Mountaineers had the 8th-ranked total defense in the Big 12 last season, giving up 445 yards per game. The run defense was the worst in the conference, while the pass defense ranked 4th.
Dravon Askew-Henry is the leader of the unit, with the early contenders for the other starting jobs including Hakeem Bailey, Kenny Robinson, Derrek Pitts and Toyous Avery.