It has been rumored over that freshman All-American defensive lineman Lamonte McDougle has grown unhappy in Morgantown and may have one foot out of the door. It looks like those rumors were true as Mitch Vingle with the Charleston Gazette has confirmed that McDougle has quit the program.
Received confirmation WVU DL Lamonte McDougle has quit the Mountaineer program.
— Mitch Vingle (@MitchVingle) March 29, 2018
Despite McDougle’s early success at West Virginia, he reportedly grey unhappy with the defensive system headed by defensive coordinator Tony Gibson.
According to the Metro News, McDougle informed the coaching staff that he will transfer in search of a system that will allow him to rack up more tackles and sacks. Position coach Bruce Tall, coach Gibson, and head coach Dana Holgorsen were “blind-sided” by the decision and all three reached out to McDougle in an attempt to change his mind and better understand his reasoning. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, McDougle’s mind is made up, and he is expected to receive his release by Friday.
Apparently, McDougle doesn’t stick around at one school for very long. He attended three different high schools, but the Mountaineers were hoping he would find a home in Morgantown. He was a 3-star member of last year’s class out of Pompano Beach, FL, and it didn’t take him long to make an impact at WVU.
As a true freshman, he played in all 13 games and earned the starting job by week five. He finished the season with an impressive 23 tackles, four tackles for a loss, two sacks, and forced fumble and fumble recovery.
Losing McDougle is a serious blow to the West Virginia defense, and coach Tall now has another hole to fill along a line that is growing pretty thin. Defensive linemen Adam Shuler III and Jalen Harvey announced their transfers earlier this year, and McDougle’s departure leaves the Mountaineers with just four defensive linemen on scholarship.