Roster additions for spring, notes

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

Five freshman have enrolled early at West Virginia, Dana Holgorsen announced in a release this afternoon. They include a quarterback, defensive tackle, two safeties and a wide receiver.

  • DT Imarjaye Albury, Miami, Fla.
  • QB Ford Childress, Houston, Texas
  • S Karl Joseph, Orlando, Fla.
  • WR Jordan Thompson, Katy, Texas
  • S Sean Walters, Hallandale Beach, Fla.


News and Notes:

The Football Writers Association of America named its freshman all-American team today and awarded Dana Holgorsen first-year coaching honors.

The team and coach are selected by an 11-person panel of writers led by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel.


The ECAC named its 2011 FBS All-Stars.

Freshman RB Dustin Garrison was named the ECAC Offensive Rookie of the Year.

QB Geno Smith, WR/RS Tavon Austin, and DB Keith Tandy were named ECAC All-Stars.


Here is some detailed information on the five freshmen that will enroll this spring  from WVU:

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 No. 41 defensive tackle … 2012 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 No. 15 pro-style quarterback … 2012 No. 37 Texas Preseason Top 100 … 2012 No. 38 Texas Postseason Top 100 … 2012 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 No. 31 safety … 2012 No. 82 in the Florida Postseason Top 100 … 2012 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.

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