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Deontay McManus, Dunbar


BALTIMORE — For Dunbar (Baltimore) wide receiver Deontay McManus, the decision was a no-brainer: He was sticking with West Virginia no matter what.

McManus received a late visit from Ohio State coach Urban Meyer a couple days ago, but to no avail for the Buckeyes. McManus committed to West Virginia last summer and honored the commitment Wednesday with his letter of intent.

"I fell in love with West Virginia," McManus said. "I always knew I wanted to go there, since day one when I toured the campus. I fell in love with the coaches. I really had my mind made up. I tried to throw some schools out there to throw people off, but since day one I knew where I was going 100 percent."

McManus is 6-foot-2, 215 pounds and arguably one of West Virginia's top commits in the 2012 class. He said he'll compete for an open starting slot receiver position this fall.

Besides developing a great relationship with West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, McManus will reunite with former Dunbar teammate Tavon Austin, the Mountaineers' top receiver. McManus chose the Mountaineers over 50 other schools that offered him.

McManus was the headliner of six players from Dunbar to sign letters of intent Wednesday. Cornerback Terrence Williams and linebacker Ernest Hawkins signed letters of intent to UTEP. Running back Lavar Highsmith and offensive lineman Joshua Davis signed on to play at Morgan State. Fullback Charles Brown signed a Letter of Intent to Division II school Shepherd University.

In other areas, Virginia received its letter of intent from DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) defensive end Michael Moore. Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) teammates Wes Brown and Mike Madaras sent their letters to Maryland.

Gilman (Baltimore) athlete Cyrus Jones faxed his Letter of Intent into Alabama, and then tweeted, "It's official! #BamaBoy."

Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) athlete Ron Darby is still slated to announce his decision at 2:30 p.m. EST. Darby's choosing between Florida State, Notre Dame, Auburn and Clemson.