"That makes me want to punch myself in the face."
For the record, each of the state's three major award winners is in summer classes at his respective college of choice, where he will continue his football career. Switzer is in Chapel Hill, N.C., at the University of North Carolina. Wellman is in Morgantown at WVU and German is in classes at Charlotte.
That's what often happens when a prep player signs a Division I scholarship offer for football: They enroll early to get a jump start on being able to work out with the team throughout the summer, prior to the start of fall practices.
George Washington's Dustin Crouser? He starts summer classes at Charlotte next week, where he will enroll in its second summer semester.
The only times a player who is actually participating in the game was mentioned during the press conference by organizers or coaches was when those officials were asked specific questions about those players. That amounted to two mentions. Otherwise, more emphasis was placed on the fact that some top-tier players are not participating.
It is a disservice to those who are actually taking part in the game for that to occur.
The vitriol and misleading information emanating from the North-South camp regarding Switzer has been going on since at least March. During the basketball State Tournament I ran into one North-South worker who told me rosters should soon be released, and she noted with indignation that the Parade All-American wasn't playing in the game.
"Well, I probably could have told you that a few months ago," I said at the time.
It was fairly well known that Switzer intended to leave Charleston as soon as possible to join the Tar Heels program. In fact, he was in Chapel Hill for class before returning to town so he could walk with his class at GW graduation. He finishes his first semester of classes next week.
The N-S rep couldn't stop herself, though.
"Well, a lot of people are mad at him anyway, after he said he didn't want anything to do with WVU," she said.
For anyone who actually followed the recruitment of Ryan Switzer closely, the wild inaccuracy of that statement is hard to fully appreciate. Yet, there was a North-South rep spewing it to apparently anyone who caught her attention and was willing to hear her talk.
There has been a paradigm shift for West Virginia students that apparently most in positions of authority on the North-South committee apparently do not understand. From 1990 to 2008, the percentage of West Virginians with bachelor's degrees increased from 12.3 percent to 17.1 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Those numbers do not include the considerable amount of students who leave the state after college.
The percentage of Mountain State students that finish high school jumped dramatically in that time period, from 66 to 82.2 percent.
Most do not pick up their high school diploma and walk into a coalmine or chemical plant the next day. Most, in fact, do go off to college. So, while the North-South game will be the last time many players suit up to play full-contact football, it is not likely to be the crowning achievement of that young man's life.
In fact, one should hope that it will not be. Disparaging young men for not wanting to participate in a game that -- in its current calendar position -- has far outlived its usefulness as a recruiting tool because they have other, higher priorities is petty and self-serving.
Ironically, it's the very things that Mote claimed the North-South game not to be.
Contact Preps Editor Derek Taylor at derek.tay...@dailymail.com or 304-348-5170. Follow him on Twitter @ItsreallyDT