The WVU football team has always had a recruiting footprint in the football hotbed of Pennsylvania. Especially in the western part of the state, the Mountaineers are always a favorite to land top talent.
In the Pittsburgh area, Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia are always competing for the best prep players. Schools like Clairton, Aliquippa, North Allegheny and Central Catholic always produce loads of Division I talent.
Though the most successful program in recent years might be located a little north of the city. In Gibsonia, a town that has produced great athletes such as baseball player Neil Walker, soccer player Meghan Klingenberg and hockey player Brandon Saad, football players have started to grow on trees for the better part of two decades.
Now, the Pine-Richland High School Rams are a regional powerhouse. The Rams will likely breeze through their regular season schedule and wind up at Heinz Field in late November for the WPIAL Championship. Beyond that, Pine-Richland will be a top contender for a state title.
The Rams are led by Notre Dame recruit Phil Jurkovec, one of the best high school quarterbacks ever to come from the Pittsburgh area (like WVU greats Rasheed Marshall and Major Harris). On the line protecting Jurkovec are a strong and sturdy group of young men that includes the newest player to receiver a scholarship offer from the WVU football team.
On Twitter, Andrew Kristofic announced that he has picked up an offer from Dana Holgorsen and the WVU football team.
There are about a dozen other colleges after Kristofic, but the Mountaineers have to be a frontrunner to acquire his services. Also on his Twitter page, Kristofic lists other recent offers from Princeton, Michigan State and Pitt.
Kristofic is listed at 6-foot-6, 230 pounds. He is a 3-star recruit according to many of the modern recruiting sites. The Tribune-Review has Kristofic as one of the top five offensive lineman in the WPIAL.
He would be a huge get for the Mountaineers and he will be great in the emerging offense under Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. Once Kristofic arrives on campus in Morgantown and takes an official visit for a game, he will get to see what the team can do firsthand.
In this recruiting battle it could come down to the locals of WVU, Pitt and Penn State. Once Pine-Richland asserts itself in the title picture, some of the bigger schools around the country may start to take notice as well.