Second Time Around Proves Best For Pennsylvania RB

West Virginia's latest verbal commitment is calm, cool and collected, and not even restarting the recruiting process seemed to bother him.

Fairless Hills running back Steve Slaton thought he had finished his recruiting process when he made a commitment to the University of Maryland, but when the Terrapins backed off him, he had to begin the process anew. While that fact alone might have riled up many players, Slaton seemed to take it in stride.

"It was kind of frustrating, because I felt like I was done," Slaton told "I thought they wanted me, and that everything was o.k. When they backed off, I just went back to the other schools I had been looking at.

"I considered West Virginia the first time when I made my decision, and it seemed like they wanted me a lot. I still talked to the coaches a lot even after I committed to Maryland. They stayed in touch with me and I talked with them about once a week."

Slaton's recruiting coach was Mountaineer defensive line mentor Bill Kirelawich. Slaton said he built a good relationship with the straight shooting Kirelawich.

"Coach Kirlav is a great guy," Slaton said. "He has great values, and he is honest. He tells it like it is, and he won't tell you something he doesn't mean. I know he is familiar with eastern Pennsylvania, but that didn't play a big role in my decision. It's more about the kind of person you are, and I know I can trust him."

Slaton visited West Virginia on December 10th, and also took in WVU's game against Temple during his junior season. He noted that he was happy he was able to come back for an official visit this year, because he saw a great deal more of campus and the facilities than he was able to on his unofficial visit a year earlier.

"When I came over for the Temple game, it was snowing, and we didn't get to see a whole lot. My parents came with me on that trip. When I came back this year, I was surprised at all the additions and where the facilities have come to.

"I just liked everything about West Virginia," Slaton said of his December visit. "O really enjoyed it. I had a good trip to North Carolina too, but I just felt comfortable with everything at West Virginia."

In a year in which it seems as if a number of commitments are still taking visits elsewhere, Slaton appears to be rock-solid on his pick.

"I'm 100% on my decision. I won't take any more visits."

Slaton's parents are also happy with his pick, although he said they left the choice up to him.

"My parents were involved some, but it was mostly my decision," the speedy running back said. They wanted me to go where I was comfortable. I talked with them a little about it, but the decision was mine."

Slaton, who was a standout track performer, said he might skip his senior season in order to lift and prepare for the fall. Baseball is also an option, but with his eyes on his college career, he said he may focus on preparing for fall practice at WVU.

Slaton is undecided on a major, but is considering sports management. He has a 2.6 GPA and a 950 on his SAT, and believes he is in good shape to qualify academically. He will begin his career as a running back at West Virginia.

"The coaches told me I could start out as a running back, and that's what I want to do," the well-spoken Pennsylvanian said. "I want to try to prove myself there. If I'm not the best there, and can help the team somewhere else, I will do that too, but I want to see what I can do at running back."

Steve Slaton Video

Mountaineers Daily Top Stories