By Nick Cammuso
Times West Virginian
To succeed in football, be it coaching or playing, one must be quick on his feet and willing to adapt.
The same applies to the art of recruiting. But in the case of Fairmont State’s football program, mere quickness wouldn’t be enough after a new coaching staff was recently brought into the fold — no, first-year head coach Jason Woodman and company needed to go warp speed.
Woodman, a Farmington native and FSU alum, was hired just before Christmas. And by the time he got the bulk of his coaching staff assembled, there were only a few weeks before National Signing Day on Feb. 6.
So the Falcons hit the ground running and ended up inking 14 recruits last week, with more to come down the road.
Of the group, nearly half (six) are from Florida. It’s an area that FSU has picked from in the past and present, as several key Falcons from last year’s squad — most notably linebacker Garrett Davis, running back Daniel Monroe and quarterback Bobby Vega — hail from the Sunshine State.
“Obviously, the talent from Florida has been good to Fairmont State in the past and that’s something we wanted to keep going,” Woodman said. “We weren’t able to get as in-depth there as we’d hoped because of the timeframe, but the players we were able to see we were very happy with the talent there.”
Woodman also plans to mine West Virginia for recruits. On his first signing day, he brought in a pair of in-state prep players in Morgantown High all-stater Jalen Thomas and Woodrow Wilson’s Jacob Van Meter.