CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- LAST WEEK, Martinsburg's Eugene German won the Hunt Award, given annually to the top high school football lineman in West Virginia.
As I looked over the past award winners, it struck me that the Hunt Award winners, more than many other state awards, have a history of signing with major-college programs. I don't know about them all, but here are some that I remember:
Denny Ballard, DuPont, 1978: I'm not sure I have seen many better athletes in our state than Ballard. He was a big, athletic tight end with great speed. He was recruited by everyone in the country and eventually signed with Jackie Sherrill of Pitt during the Dan Marino/Hugh Green era.
Brad Hunt, Ripley, 1982: After playing at Ripley, Hunt went on to a stellar career at WVU, where he was a disruptive defensive lineman from 1984-87. He had 178 career tackles, including 111/2 sacks.
Rick Katzeff, Charleston, 1969: Katzeff was a standout on the great Mountain Lions teams of the late 1960s. He went on to play at the University of Cincinnati and has had a long career in health care in the Tampa-Clearwater area in Florida.
Bill Legg, Poca, 1979: Legg was Don Nehlen's first recruit when he became WVU's head coach in 1980. He had an outstanding playing career in Morgantown and is a longtime college coach. Legg is currently the offensive coordinator at Marshall.
Doug Legursky, Woodrow Wilson, 2003: He was discovered in summer camp by Bob Pruett and went on to start a lot of games at Marshall. He is still playing in the NFL with the Steelers and has been to two Super Bowls.
John Leon, Brooke, 1975: A dominant state lineman, he went on to Notre Dame after playing for the Bruins.
Ron McCartney, Stonewall Jackson, 1971: McCartney went to be a college star at Tennessee, where he was a captain. He was drafted early in the second round by the Rams in 1976 and played in the NFL for three seasons.