MORGANTOWN — oooooo
In the changing world of West Virginia football, a hotly contested regional rivalry like the Mountaineers’ Saturday game against Maryland in Baltimore is a big-ticket item.
To begin with, the game is crucial in an important recruiting area.
“Maryland is a big recruiting base for us,” Holgorsen noted on the Big 12 coaches call. “It’s an important game for us and our fans and an important game for them and their fans as well. It’s always big in recruiting. It’s always going to be big for us. We didn’t have to do much Sunday to get them motivated.”
To help add to the aura surrounding the game, it is played on a neutral field, one players look forward to performing on — Ravens Stadium.
And as for the importance in recruiting, all you really need to know is that WVU got Tavon Austin out of Baltimore’s Dunbar High and, before him, the Mountaineers landed a player who originally had signed with the Terrapins — all-time great running back Steve Slaton.
Not that the turnaround wasn’t fair play, for WVU signed a really good Maryland native, quarterback Scott O’Brien, only to have him transfer to Maryland and become one of their greatest quarterbacks when he was beaten out for the starting job at WVU.
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