"If you're from Florida and you don't get to go to any of those, why not extend your playing days somewhere else? I think that's the biggest reason you see so many players going to Iowa State or West Virginia. Those schools and those coaches are down (in Florida) and they understand that."
Five Floridians start for Iowa State's defense, including three in the secondary and George, the senior who leads the Big 12 with 126 tackles. Speed is critical on defense in the conference, particularly at linebacker and in the secondary to handle the league's offenses. Iowa State has five linebackers and five defensive backs from Florida.
Three more Floridians start on offense, each at a skill position, led by receiver Quenton Bundrage, who has 41 receptions for 583 yards and seven scores. There are numbers at the skill positions, too.
Sam Richardson started the first seven games at quarterback before giving way to Grant Rohach - a Californian who completed 15 of 20 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns in last week's win against Kansas.
The Cyclones have three running backs and six receivers from Florida even though, no, Iowa in the fall and winter is not to be confused with Florida at any time of the year.
"I can spin that in the opposite direction," Rhoads said. "It isn't the coast. It isn't water. It isn't warm temperatures in December and January. But that's been a problem very few times. In fact, I would argue that we would get more people that want to leave the heat to train and to practice and to play than people who are scared of the cold."
Those are the battles WVU and Iowa State must wage, and they do it in like manners. The campus towns are similar. Ames, Iowa, has more people than Morgantown, but the population is roughly twice the size because the town is about twice as big. The schools are similar with about the same enrollment and a campus that blends into the town. Both are public land grand institutions and both are the largest school in the state, but both have state high schools that can't fill out a roster.
And while both schools have the same goals when it comes to recruiting players from Florida, they have the same obstacles, too.
"The biggest challenge we have recruiting is getting people to come to Ames," Rhoads said.
It's what his counterpart, WVU's Dana Holgorsen, has said about Morgantown and what his predecessors Bill Stewart and Rich Rodriguez said before him.
What they all said, though, is that when WVU gets a player on campus, the rest can take care of itself.
It's no different for Rhoads, who was born 10 minutes from Jack Trice Stadium and went to high school 20 minutes from campus. He has the new two-story, 60,000 square foot, $20.6 million football center and an indoor practice facility at his disposal.
"The response I most often get is, 'Wow, I had no idea,'" Rhoads said.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.