Offensive Line Recruiting Ranks Grow

Offensive line is a priority in this recruiting class for West Virginia, with at least five trenchmen expected to be on the rolls when the class is finalized. WVU added to their list today with the verbal of a Pennsylvania native.

Ben Iannacchione, a 6-3 290 pound lineman from Baldwin High School in Pittsburgh, made his commitment today to the Mountaineers. He joins Virginian John Bradshaw on the rolls of WVU offensive line commitments.

"I chose WVU because of the coaching staff," Iannacchione told "I went to camp for one day, and worked out with Coach Trickett, and I loved it.

"Coach Rick Trickett is my kind of coach. I love the intensity. He's the same as my high school offensive line coach, Tim Robbins.

Everything just seemed to fall into place for the big lineman on his visit to WVU - the location, the campus and the facilities, so when the offer came from the Mountaineers it wasn't a difficult decision to make.

"WVU has a beautiful campus. I got to see some of it when I came down, and the facilities, like the weight room, were great too. After seeing West Virginia I knew that once they offered me I was going to take it."

That offer came yesterday, and once it did, Iannacchione, like a couple of other high schoolers in this class, made his decision.

"I didn't really have a goal to commit early, but after seeing West Virginia and getting the offer, I knew it was the place for me.

"It's a good feeling to have the decision made and over with. I'll come down and watch a few games this year, and my parents and my family to be able to see my games too."

Iannacchione, who lists his strengths as run blocking and aggressiveness, was a first team All-Quad East selection as a junior. However, he doesn't have many individual goals in mind for his senior season.

"To be honest, I'm not really concerned about my individual goals. I want us to go far in playoffs and compete for a championship," the well-spoken Iannacchione said. "I just want our team to do well."

The should do just that, as Baldwin has a solid corps of returning players, including some other Division 1 recruits. However, it's the Baldwin offensive line where most Mountianeer fans will have their eyes focused during Baldwin games this fall.

Iannacchione will play offensive tackle and some defensive end and tackle this year, but his future is solidly on the offensive side of the ball at WVU. He'll likely start out as a guard for Coach Trickett, which suits the big senior just fine.

Iannacchione does have some improvements he want to make in his game before attending WVU next fall. While he believes he has the footwork and mobility to handle West Virginia's quick paced offense, he's quick to list those areas that he wants to strengthen.

"I need to get in the weight room before I go to college," the big lineman noted. "I've been working out with a personal trainer, and I want to get a little faster if I can."

Iannacchione carries a 3.3 GPA and has already achieved a qualifying test score, so being eligible next fall should be no problem. He wants to teach and and coach football, so he will likely enroll as an education major.

He was offered by South Carolina, Cincinnati and Toledo, and had interest from Boston College and Northwestern, among others.

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