CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington senior Ryan Switzer has already made a key mental transition.
"For me, high school's done," Switzer said Sunday afternoon. "I don't play any high school sports. I view myself right now as a freshman at a high Division I school; one that's going to be successful next year and in years to come, so the goal is to prepare myself for next season."
It therefore came as more than a pleasant surprise to Switzer - who won the Kennedy Award as the state's top prep football player in 2011 and 2012 - that he will be on the Parade All-American list when it is released nationally next weekend.
The University of North Carolina commitment, who was recruited as a wide receiver, won his Kennedy Awards by landslide votes among West Virginia sportswriters.
Switzer is the first player from West Virginia to be named to the team since 2007, when Josh Jenkins from Parkersburg High School was named as a lineman.
Switzer is the 15th player from the Mountain State to make the list since it was first compiled in 1963.
Switzer is the second player from George Washington to be named to the Parade team.
Former West Virginia lineman John Ray was named after his senior year of 1986. The last player from the Kanawha Valley to be named by the magazine was former Marshall star and current San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Randy Moss, following the 1994 season.
"The last one from my area was Randy Moss? That's big shoes to fill," Switzer said. "Obviously, I feel blessed and honored to be in that position.
"To have these awards keep coming after my season has ended, it just shows that everything I put in has been worth it for high school; especially what happened out there in California. It's been great."