According to 247Sports, WVU’s 2021 early signing class finished a whopping 55 spots ahead of the University of Houston – 37th to 92nd respectively.
In case you have been living under a rock for the last two years and don’t understand the reasoning behind this comparison, we will put it into context for you. When Dana Holgorsen departed WVU for Houston, he didn’t leave on the best of terms. Once he arrived at his new home, Holgorsen made the statement that WVU cannot attract the talent to win the Big 12. It was this excuse he used for his shortcomings in Morgantown.
However, since Neal Brown has arrived on the scene, the exact opposite has occurred. The Mountaineers have attracted several talented four-star prospects, and even finished fourth in the Big 12 recruiting rankings, per 247Sports. Meanwhile, the trend has went the other way in Houston, as the Cougars have failed to garner any excitement in recruiting, and have even lost some of their best players under Holgorsen.
What this does is prove Holgorsen’s statement wrong. It wasn’t WVU that couldn’t attract competitive Big 12 talent, but Holgorsen that couldn’t attract that talent to WVU. Sometimes coaches simply cannot recruit, and that is the case for Holgorsen.
Neal Brown is building WVU into something special, and we have Holgorsen leaving to thank for that.