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West Virginia's track record with walk-ons has been well-documented over the years, but even those who follow the program closely might be surprised to learn that 24 players who came to campus with scholarships will have earned one at some point in their careers during the Rich Rodriguez era.

Numbers such as those give great hope to players who eschew small-college offers to take their shot at the highest levels of Division 1A, and success stories such as Owen Schmitt, who blitzed to folk hero status while earning a scholarship, are proof-positive that talented players will get their chance in the Mountaineer program. While most won't rocket to stardom the way Schmitt did, the numbers...

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