"The recruiting there should be rated up with the best of them," said Galloway, who built and maintained a relationship with Irvin before Irvin went to junior college. "It's a great state with some of the top talent in the country."
New cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell was the defensive coordinator at East Carolina the last three years. The Pirates signed five Georgia players in Mitchell's time.
Yet his fondness with Georgia goes back to when he was an assistant with BYU and the Cougars combed through the state's schools.
"I don't know how many Division I players come out of Georgia, but Georgia Tech and Georgia have been pretty good for a lot of years and they've done it with in-state players," Mitchell said. "Any time you can be in one of those southern states where the weather is good and the population is good and you've got some great coaches at the high school level and guys can go through spring football, you're going to have guys who develop talent."
Georgia has the eighth-largest population. The seven larger states have at least three FBS schools, though California (seven), Texas (12), Florida (seven) and Ohio (eight) have more. Georgia has two FBS schools - or as many as Massachusetts.
"The thing about that Atlanta area is if you look around the SEC and the ACC, they're feeding those programs," Gibson said. "Everyone's got them on their roster."
Since 2007, only seven top-100 players from Georgia have gone to a school outside the SEC and ACC. Southern California signed three and Stanford, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma signed one. A third in-state option arrives this fall when Georgia State joins the FBS.
WVU, which plays Georgia State and its 30 Georgia players Sept. 14, wants to give the state's players someone else to consider.
"Georgia has great skill kids," Gibson said. "I don't think you can say it's just one deal. It's not full of just tailbacks or just quarterbacks. It's got it all. It's got defensive backs. It's got wide receivers. It's got linebackers. It's got kids who can run. It's just got a lot of very skilled kids."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.