Robert Trudo, a 6-4, 280-pound guard from Farrell Area (Pa.) High School, has been to West Virginia's campus on previous occasions. However, he still gained some knowledge about one of the top four schools on his list when he checked out the WVU campus during the Mountaineers' 31-17 win over Maryland.
"I've been there before, because my brother got his master's degree in Education there," Trudo explained. "So I had been on campus before, but there were a lot of things that I wasn't aware of.
"I know it had a great reputation for football, and I know the engineering school is very good, because I have been looking at schools that offer engineering. That's what I want to study. But I didn't know how good the facilities are, or about game day, or about all of the things that go into making it up. It's kind of like watching a great movie, but on the visit I learned how it all gets put together."
Such a thoughtful analysis isn't a surprise coming from Trudo, who lists academics as his number one priority in selecting a school. He has an eye on majoring in mechanical engineering, and both he and his family know that there's life beyond football.
"I'm learning more about the academics at West Virginia. I've never been one to slack off on my grades. I know that I can get a degree in college, and that's very important to me."
That's not to say, though, that football is unimportant to Trudo. It's simply that he's approaching his recruitment with the same sort of diligence he applies to his schoolwork. He has a plan laid out for the rest of the process, which began with his visit to WVU.
As for the WVU visit, Trudo noted, "The visit went great. I liked West Virginia a lot."
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WVU assistant coach Dave McMichael is recruiting Trudo.
"He's great," the lineman noted. "He is a nice guy, kind of an old-school guy, and he understands [the recruiting] process. He doesn't try to pressure you. When I talked to him, he told me to take my time and do what I needed to do."