The Mountaineers receiving corps has taken another hit. Last weekend Marcus Simms was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and as a result, he will sit out the season opener against Virginia Tech. And now, West Virginia will also be without Jovon Durante. Unlike Simms though, Durante isn’t coming back.
Durante announced on Twitter that he will be transferring to FAU.
— Jovon Durante (@_field_general) August 19, 2017
His departure isn’t exactly unexpected as he’s been absent all fall camp and didn’t enroll for the fall semester. He didn’t specifically say what prompted his decision, but he did reference some of his past off-the-field issues, and it has been rumored that he was having some academic issues that may have kept him off the field.
Durante was a 4-star member of the Mountaineers 2015 class and played in 12 games, started 9, his freshman year. Last season, Durante played in all 13 games and finished with 35 catches for 331 yards and two touchdowns.
Since FAU is a Division I school, Durante will have to sit out the 2017 season. He will have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2018 since he has not used his redshirt year.
For FAU, it’s yet another high-profile addition to their team. Since Lane Kiffin took the program over at “Last Chance U” in December of 2016, the Owls have landed FSU quarterback DeAndre Johnson, Texas receiver DeAndre McNeil, Florida commit and receiver D’Anfernee McGriff, Louisville defensive end Tim Bonner, Syracuse safety James Pierre, Colorado State offensive lineman Zach Stefo and most recently, former FSU linebacker Kain Daub.
Kiffin and his career has been the butt of jokes all around college football for the last few years, but what’s not a joke is the roster he’s building in Boca, FL. Now, if only Kiffin and FAU could get the name right in their graphics.