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2005 Signing Day Special

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Thirty one student-athletes have signed national letters-of-intent to play football at West Virginia University, head coach Rich Rodriguez announced Wednesday, Feb. 2. Overall, the coach is pleased with the group of players his coaching staff was able lure to Morgantown.

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    In 1970, Ford auto executive Joe Terranova began writing a column in a local Dearborn, Mich., newspaper about college football recruiting. At the end of each column he asked people to mail $2 for additional information. Four hundred people sent him checks, according to a 1986 Sports Illustrated story.
    Many times the big-name high school players also become big-name college players. West Virginia University has won its share of recruiting battles for top-notch prospects and here is a for-fun list of some that panned out.
    Sometimes the biggest fish won't stay on the hook. Sitting above the water for 30 years with a pole trying to lure some of those whoppers to West Virginia University was former assistant coach Donnie Young, who worked for football coaches Bobby Bowden, Frank Cignetti and Don Nehlen.
    Assistant football coach Garrett Ford felt a great sense of relief when star recruit Robert Alexander announced his decision to attend West Virginia University during an elaborate afternoon press conference set up at the West Virginia Governor’s mansion at the request of Gov. Jay Rockefeller.
    Syracuse and Pitt overcame late coaching changes to finish strong, while Louisville, South Florida, Cincinnati and Connecticut all used their Big East ties to bring in solid recruiting classes.

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