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.