Mahovich Working for Senior Offers

At least three more offensive line recruits will probably be taken in WVU's Class of 2005, and a Pennsylvania player battling to be included in that group has received an in-school visit from the Mountaineer coaching staff.

Ryan Mahovich, a massive lineman from Hazelton Area High School in the Keystone State, is receiving interest from a number of schools, including the Mountaineers. Assistant coach Bill Kirelawich, who oversees recruiting in the eastern half of Pennsylvania, has visited Hazleton and is keeping an eye on the big senior.

With his size of six feet six inches and 320 pounds, it's not surprising that Mahovich tries to overpower opponents.

"I try to be aggressive, use my size, and blow guys off the ball," Mahovich said of his style. "We're a heavy run team, but we're trying to balance out more this year."

Don't get the idea, though, that Mahovich is a lumbering lineman that can't move.

"I have a good first step, and our team runs a lot of tackle traps and screens," Mahovich explained. "So I do a lot of pulling and running in our offense."

That skill would be vital in West Virginia's spread offense, which demands mobility from all five of its front line performers. Although WVU has yet to offer a scholarship, the well-spoken Mahovich, who plans to major in biology with an eye toward becoming an orthopedic surgeon, knows that schools are waiting to check our his performance as a senior.

"I like West Virginia, Pitt, Michigan State, Connecticut Akron and Kent State," Mahovich said. "Most of those schools want to see tape of me as a senior. My coach said that we'll go until about game five, then put together highlight tapes and start sending them out."

Mahovich has visited Kent State, and also camped at Pitt, Michigan State and the Nike combine. He plans to attend a WVU game this year, and hopes that his senior tape results in offers from his favorites.

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