Cogdell, who played at WVU in 1997 and '98, coached former WVU standouts Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey at Florida's Miramar High School. His arrival means the pipeline to that school will be stronger than ever.
Cogdell's hiring was announced Jan. 8, and Miramar lineman Yodny Cajuste signed with the Mountaineers on Wednesday. West Virginia's 2015 recruiting class already has six verbal pledges, including three 4-star prospects. Two of the six early commitments are Miramar players (receiver Kahlil Lewis and defensive back Kendrell McFadden).
It is an easy recruiting pitch for Cogdell and his fellow assistants. They've been in the players' cleats. The sell is genuine.
"Moms and grandmas and aunts can look a guy dead in the eye and know when you're BS-ing," Seider said. "They have a great feel. I don't know what it is. They can tell if people are real."
Gibson, who earned the nickname "Mr. Pittsburgh" from Holgorsen on Wednesday, landed one of the top prospects in the Keystone State, Dravon Henry, and Henry's Aliquippa (Pa.) High School teammate Jaleel Fields. Gibson has been mining Western Pennsylvania for the past 15 years.
After the 2007 regular season, however, Rodriguez left WVU for Michigan and Gibson followed. Gibson spent three years at Michigan, one at Pittsburgh and one at Arizona before returning to his home state and another stint at WVU.
The experience recruiting with a flying WV on his chest elicits a different response from coaches and players.
"People understand the passion of being at West Virginia," Gibson said. "Every time in my career I've been allowed to go recruiting, I'm in Pittsburgh. For seven years here, I went to Pittsburgh, and then you go in there with another shirt on and people are like, 'this isn't right.'
"Then I come back with a West Virginia shirt and they're like, 'OK, now you're back home.'"
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