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One of West Virginia's football recruiting goals is to get "running backs at linebacker" and the Mountaineers have targeted yet another potential member of the Class of 2007 which fits that bill.

The thinking behind West Virginia's strategy is that running backs have many of the attributes they are looking for in linebackers. Speed is an obvious trait, but elusiveness (avoiding blocks) and toughness (taking hits) are just two of the many other qualities that top level runners and backers share. Thus, when West Virginia is combing high schools for linebacker talent, they won't just look at...

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