The WVU football team lost a legacy last week when Morgantown native Maverick Wolfley transferred from West Virginia to Akron.
The move was not fully surprising, although it is always tough to swallow losing an instate prospect. Maverick Wolfley will likely play linebacker with the Akron Zips, where he would have tried to make it as a fullback with the Mountaineers.
The name ‘Wolfley’ screams football. Maverick’s brother, Stone, remains on the WVU football team. He plays defensive lineman and is a redshirt sophomore. At 6-foot-4, 267 pounds, Stone will try to take his cuts in the rotation this year.
A younger Wolfley brother, Jaden, is a starter at Morgantown High School. He, too, is over 6-foot tall and checks in around 265 pounds. He is bound to play at the next level and could wind up with the WVU football team. Since there is now a connection at Akron, Jaden could be a Zip next year as well.
Then there’s the elder statesmen of the Wolfley family. His father, Dale, played on the 1988 Mountaineers team that made it to the national championship against Notre Dame. Dale remains intently involved with the WVU football program as an alumni representative.
"“I love it here,” Wolfley told the late WVU sports reporter Mickey Furfari in 2015. “It was wonderful playing football for Coach Nehlen and with my teammates. I got a great education at West Virginia University.“I love to welcome all the guys I meet who come back for our reunions because, hey, we’re the Gold and Blue, and we loved this great university and this great state.”"
An uncle, Ron, was a former Mountaineer standout at fullback and for almost 10 years in the NFL, including four years as an NFL Pro Bowl selection. Another uncle, Craig, played at Syracuse and in the NFL for more than 10 years, including 10 years with the Steelers.
Maverick will be paving his own path to glory. He obviously made the best choice for him and his future. Akron isn’t on the level of WVU football, while the Mid American Conference is nowhere near the same level as the Big 12.
Maverick will likely sit out this season before getting a legitimate chance to play by 2018. He will have a solid career with the Zips and Akron is lucky to have him.