Aliquippa Raines plans to sign early with West Virginia

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Monday, December 11, 2017 | 9:24 PM


Aliquippa’s Kwantel Raines, one of the WPIAL’s top football recruits, announced Monday that he will take advantage of the new early signing period that starts Dec. 20.

Raines, a four-star safety, also reaffirmed his commitment to West Virginia.

For the first time, this year’s seniors have the option to sign a national letter of intent about a month earlier than usual. The NCAA approved a 72-hour window from Dec. 20-22. The traditional signing period starts Feb. 7.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive back had more than two dozen scholarship offers and committed to the Mountaineers on Oct. 30. His other finalists were Pitt, Penn State and Florida.

Raines earned first-team all-conference honors at defensive back for Aliquippa, which finished as the WPIAL Class 3A runner-up.

Rivals ranks him as the 24th-best safety recruit in the country, down from No. 19 at the time of his commitment. He’s listed as 13th overall prospect in the state.

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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