Manswell changes his mind, picks WVU

Updated: July 13, 2009, 10:22 AM ET
By Sheldon Shealer |

A verbal commitment is just that -- verbal, not binding.

Malcolm Manswell, who represented Trinidad at the Under-17 international level and was a senior this past school year at River Hill High School (Clarksville, Md.), backed out of a verbal to South Florida University and committed to West Virginia.

Manswell confirmed the move Sunday afternoon.

The midfielder is the latest addition to an already stellar Mountaineers recruiting class. While Manswell's national team play has been with Trinidad, three other WVU signees have played for the U.S. youth national teams -- Peabo Doue, Uwem Etuk and Travis Pittman.

WVU's class, prior to Manswell's commitment, was ranked the nation's 12th-best recruiting class by Soccer America.

WVU's recruiting class has a strong Maryland/D.C. metro flavor, with the four players mentioned above in addition to incoming freshman keeper Paul Killian, Zimbabwe native Abel "Shadow" Sebele (who attended high school in northern Virginia) and surprise U.S. returnee Nate Adams. Adams played in Brazil after graduating from high school three years ago.

Although Manswell was born and raised in the U.S., he opted to play internationally for his father's homeland of Trinidad and Tobago. He was the only player on Trinidad's 28-man roster who did not reside in the country.

Manswell has played four matches with Trinidad.

Sheldon Shealer is the soccer editor of You can mail him here.