Garrison transfers; Marshall commits; football tickets

Kyle’s Korner ….

Former WVU running back Dustin Garrison, the Mountaineer’s rushing leader in 2011, has announced he will transfer to Fresno State for his senior season.

As a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the Bulldogs.

During his freshman regular season he rushed for 742 yards and six touchdowns.

Garrison suffered a knee injury during an Orange Bowl practice session. Over the next three seasons, he compiled only 318 yards and two more TDs.

… Marshall’s football team picked up a pair of verbal commitments over the weekend, including one from one of Kentucky’s top players.

Running back Quinton Baker of Paul Blazer High in Ashland, Ky. hinted on Twitter Saturday night that he would pledge to the Thundering Herd. He eliminated the mystery on the social media site Sunday morning, reaffirming his verbal commitment.

Baker, at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, is a three-star prospect according to Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN and Scout. Rivals and 247Sports both list him as the fifth-best prospect in Kentucky. He’s the 15th overall all-purpose back in 247Sports’ eyes and 17th overall according to Rivals.

Point Pleasant star Cody Mitchell is another verbal commitment. The 6-2, 220-pound Mitchell is the younger brother of former Marshall football player Derek Mitchell and son of former WVU football player Darrell Mitchell. He played running back and safety last season for Point Pleasant, but is listed on the Rivals recruiting charts as a tight end and Scout’s as a linebacker.

He’s rated three stars by Scout and two stars by Rivals, which ranks him the No. 4 overall prospect in West Virginia. Verbal commitments are non-binding. Football players can sign letters of intent beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016.

… Mini-packages and single-game tickets for the 2015 West Virginia University football season will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, July 7, at 9 a.m. Tickets will be available for purchase online at, by calling 1-800-WVU GAME or in-person at the Mountaineer Ticket Office inside the WVU Coliseum.

WVU is offering three mini-package options to choose from for home games this fall. The Mountaineer Package features four games for $235: Georgia Southern, Maryland, Oklahoma State and Texas. The Gold Package, a three-game option, includes Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Texas for $175. The third and final option is the Blue Package, priced at $175, for the Georgia Southern, Oklahoma State and Texas games.

(The Associated Press and WVU Sports contributed to this column.)

(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)

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