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WVU Football OL Kyle Altuner

Sign one and the rest will come? It’s pretty common in recruiting that a program will experience an influx of players interested after signing a big fish from a particular area or school. And that seems to be happening for the WVU football program when it comes to Maryland offensive lineman from a certain school.

Eidan Buchanan (6-foot-8, 325 pounds) became the most recent offensive line prospect to announce a trip to visit Morgantown, following Gavin Crawford just a few days before. These two are just a couple of the Maryland players the WVU staff has been in contact with since the end of the 2023 season. WVU has always looked to Maryland for players due its proximity and connection to the region, but there’s been a recent emphasis placed one Good Counsel High School in Only, Md.

And aside from Good Counsel being a solid program itself, it’s also the home of one of West Virginia’s top 2024 signees. Landing Kyle Altuner has opened up the opportunity for a recruiting pipeline to Good Counsel and its revolving door of prospects, especially on the offensive line.

Crawford, for example, has already placed WVU among his top five schools.

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Altuner’s parents have even been vocal, congratulating Crawford and Buchanan about locking up trips to visits with the Mountaineers. WVU is now hoping Altuner will become the anchor of the offensive line for years to come. And just like it did in 2023, the offensive line will continue to be heavily relied upon as head coach Neal Brown has made it clear his plan is to make Garrett Greene the start of utilizing dual-threat quarterbacks in the Brown era.

Altuner picked West Virginia over offers from 19 other programs in Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida State, Liberty, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Toledo.

Securing a recruit like Altuner, especially when he turns down other high profile programs, serves as a big talking point for the staff when trying to recruit the 2025 class and beyond. And based on the recent trend of visits being booked, it’s evident the staff is intentionally dipping into Good Counsel and prospects there are mutually interested in seeing what West Virginia has to offer for themselves.

Listen to Altuner discuss his recruitment and mindset as the leader of the next generation of great WVU offensive linemen on a show with WV Sports Now’s Mike Asti.

Click here for the rest of WV Sports Now’s coverage of WVU football recruiting.

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