If WVU doesn't have an advantage in perception, it can at least better argue its case against, say, Ohio State or Penn State, Miami or Florida State, as a Big 12 member than as a Big East member.
"Let's be honest. A kid growing up in this generation, he thinks Cincinnati is a relevant program in the scheme of college football just because they had a good couple of years," Dorchester said. "They don't understand what teams are actually good, whereas Oklahoma and Texas, those names resonate with people. In the Big East, what school resonated with people in a historical perspective?
"Syracuse and Pitt claim those national titles, but no one we're recruiting was alive for them. So it's definitely helped us because the one thing we're trying to push to our kids is that you're more than just a regional star. You're going to get national exposure. We're a coast-to-coast conference in a lot of ways."
The Mountaineers have six players committed to the 2014 class, tied with Kansas State for the second-lowest total in the Big 12 and better than only Kansas and its five pledges. Don't expect WVU to quickly catch up to the 19 names in the Texas and Baylor classes.
When Dana Holgorsen took over as head coach he had to address his roster, which was affected by the small size of previous classes and by attrition. The Mountaineers ended up taking 32 and 27 players in back-to-back years just to get things even again.
Dorchester said the 2014 class will probably need 20 players, though the number may go higher depending on unpredictable events that could occur during the 2013 season. Wolfley is the first player in what should be a full 2015 class.
"This won't be as big of a class because we don't have as many scholarships as we have had in the past," Dorchester said. "The last two years, we signed pretty big classes, so this one won't be huge.
"We're still targeting guys at every spot, just like we always try to do, but I guess the only difference is we won't do specialists (for 2014). I think in every class, you've got to take somebody at every spot, or at least get somebody who projects at every spot. If not, you'll have a hole somewhere."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.