Monday, December 17, 2007

Recruiting impact

Michigan's hiring of WVU football coach Rich Rodriguez figures to make a major impact throughout the WPIAL.

Already, less than 24 hours after the announcement, Jeannette superstar Terrelle Pryor and Gateway's Shayne Hale crossed WVU off its list. Pryor added Michigan to his top five, which also includes Ohio State, believed to be his top choice. Hale may now follow Gateway teammate Cam Saddler to Pitt.

Michigan has always been able to recruit WPIAL talent and with Rodriguez, who did an outstanding job securing lesser known WPIAL players and turning them into standout players, the Wolverines may take more than usual. Rodriguez will take Tony Gibson with him and Gibson is the main recruiter for WVU.


Mapod said...

Rodriguez leaving WVU just after just signing a new contract last season should tell any recruite that this guy will always leave for better money. By bring his OC and WR and recruiting coach with him, tell you that he is try real hard to get Pryor to Michigan.
With WVU losing alot of recrutes to Pitt show what 1 win does for a team.

mike_kovak said...

I agree mapod. Pitt ended up better off finishing 5-7 with a win on national tv against WVU than it would be going 7-5 and to a marginal bowl game.