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Morgantown, West Virginia – “We weren’t going to get high school kids at West Virginia that we were going to win the Big 12 with.”  That was the infamous quote from Dana Holgorsen when he left Morgantown for Houston in early 2019.

Holgorsen was right about one thing, he wasn’t going to get recruits at West Virginia that he could win the Big 12 with, but Neal Brown is proving that you absolutely can recruit to WVU with the right effort.

The 2021 class was huge for the Mountaineers, finishing as one of the best in football program history and 4th overall in the Big 12 Conference.  West Virginia had three 4 star prospects (wide receiver Kaden Prather, running back Jaylen Anderson and in-state offensive lineman Wyatt Milum) and thirteen 3 star commits.

After wrapping up that outstanding class, Brown wasn’t done.  Doug Nester, a former four star recruit and a two-year starter at Virginia Tech, announced that he was entering the transfer portal.  Days later, he decided to return home and play for the Mountaineers with three years of eligibility remaining.

The very next day, Brown landed the top recruit in the state for the 2022 class, securing the verbal commitment from the incredibly-talented tight end/offensive lineman Corbin Page from Spring Valley High School in Huntington, West Virginia.

Brown promised that he would make keeping the very best high school players in the state at home a priority and he’s done just that.

Now, after landing four star quarterback Nicco Marchiol as the quarterback of the future for the Mountaineers, Brown could not only get his best recruiting class while at WVU, he might also bring in the top class in the history of the football program.

Neal Brown made promises and he’s following through on them.  He’s also showing Dana Holgorsen, who had the 92nd ranked 2021 class, that is in fact possible to not only get the very best in-state prospects but also to bring in players capable of winning the Big 12 Conference.

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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.