MORGANTOWN — The son of former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Hostetler has accepted an invitation to walk on at his father’s alma mater, West Virginia.

Like his dad, Justin Hostetler is a quarterback, but he also excelled at safety at nearby University High, and that’s where he could help the Mountaineers, WVU coach Rich Rodriguez said Wednesday.

“When you play quarterback, people don’t pay that much attention to what else you can do,” said University coach John Kelley. “The bottom line on Justin is he’s got very good speed and he was one of the most physical players we had and he’s a good coverage guy.”

Hostetler had five interceptions last fall as University advanced to the Class AAA semifinals. He also threw for more than 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Jeff Hostetler, who is married to former WVU coach Don Nehlen’s daughter, Vicky, was the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers in the 1982 and 1983 seasons. He spent 15 years in the NFL, including a Super Bowl victory with the New York Giants in the 1990 season.

Another high school player from Morgantown also accepted an invitation to walk on at WVU. Fullback Maxwell Anderson helped Morgantown High win Class AAA championships in 2004 and 2005. He rushed for 1,193 yards and 18 touchdowns last fall.

In the past few years, walk-ons such as Ben Collins, Owen Schmitt, Scott Gyorko and Jeff Noechel have earned starting positions for West Virginia.

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