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Morgantown, West Virginia – Moments ago, Zeiqui Lawton, the former #2 high school player in the state of West Virginia, entered the transfer portal.

Lawton, a 6’2 240 pound defensive end from Charleston, West Virginia, was a freshman lineman for the Cincinnati Bearcats.  Lawton helped guide South Charleston to the AAA State Championship last season and won the Sam Huff Award for the state’s top defensive player.

In his message posted on his personal social media accounts, Lawton said the following: “First I want to thank God for this opportunity to be at the next level in my career.  Next I would like to thank all of the coaches, staff, my teammates, and fans at the University of Cincinnati who believed and supported me.  With that beings aid, after a serious conversation with my family, I have decided to enter my name in the NCAA Transfer Portal.”

West Virginia, Illinois, Louisville, Indiana, Marshall, NC State, Nebraska and Oregon all offered Lawton out of high school, but Neal Brown said that he would make keeping the top talent in the state stay home and Lawton was one of the finest young players in West Virginia last season, so bringing him back home should be a top priority for Neal Brown and staff now.

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