Steubenville Linebacker Busick Commits To West Virginia


Steubenville LB Branko Busick
Linebacker Branko Busick of Steubenville High School gave the West Virginia Mountaineers a solid Buckeye State pickup Saturday. Busick committed to the Mountaineers and talked with contributor Heath Schneider about the decision.

Steubenville linebacker Branko Busick verbally committed to West Virginia Saturday afternoon.
On a trip to the Morgantown campus, he met in head coach Bill Stewart’s office for about 25 minutes and at the end of the meeting, Busick gave his word to play for the Mountaineers.

“He’s got big plans for me,” Busick said. “He wants me to play in the middle linebacker position. I looked over my dad and he gave me the nod and I verbally committed. I told the coach that once I verbally commit, that’s it. I won’t go back on my word.”

Busick (6-2, 228) took a moment and talked about what drew him to West Virginia and why he committed right now.

“I’m really excited about West Virginia,” said Busick. “They were one of my favorite schools. When I went up there today it just fit and it’s like I already know the coaches. Plus, I’m going to have (current Mountaineer linebacker) Zac Cooper to help me for next year. We grew up together. And the coaches had me so fired up.”

As happy as he is, Busick wanted to make sure he passed thanks to the people that helped him get the offer and with his verbal commitment.

“I want to thank all those people that helped me get the offer,” Busick, who also had Penn State high on his list of college possibilities, said. “I want to thank (Steubenville head) coach Reno (Saccoccia) and everyone with Big Red, my family and the coaches at West Virginia for having faith in me. This is a great day.”

Between now and the time he shows up in Morgantown that he will continue work to improve his game.

“There’s a camp up there on campus that I’m going to go to,” said Busick. “Aside from that, I’m just going to train to get better.”


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