CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The testament of a great player is when every team's eyes are fixed on stopping a particular athlete and that player still manages to see unparalleled success.
That was the plight of George Washington running back Ryan Switzer this year.
Despite having all Class AAA eyes across the state geared toward stopping him, Switzer finished with just under 3,000 all-purpose yards (2,961 to be exact) and 40 touchdowns.
Switzer finished with 2,379 yards and 32 touchdowns rushing while averaging 11.5 yards per carry and added four touchdowns receiving, three on interception returns and one on a punt return.
It's that versatile production that has him verbally committed to play football at North Carolina, and those same numbers have him penciled in as the offensive captain of the Class AAA first team, as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
Switzer and the Patriots advanced to the Class AAA semifinals, where they fell to eventual champion Martinsburg.
The Bulldogs placed four selections on the first team - three offensive. Martinsburg selections were offensive lineman Eugene German, utility player Justin Clinton, wide receiver Cedric Brown and defensive lineman Dildeep Dhatt.
Cabell Midland, which Martinsburg defeated in the state championship, had three selections with running back David Gaydosz, offensive lineman Josh Baisden and defensive lineman Gage Gould.
Morgantown also finished with three selections: running back Chazzy Thomas, offensive lineman Adam White and linebacker Jalen Thomas.
Three teams had two selections each: GW, Huntington and Spring Valley.
Spring Valley's pair of selections included Elijah Wellman, who was voted defensive captain of the first team after a year in which he finished with 124 tackles, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception that he returned for a touchdown.
Wellman, who is committed to West Virginia as a running back, also finished with 1,676 rushing and 18 touchdowns.
He said the 2012 season was a banner year for talent across the state.
"This is probably the most D-I caliber players that we've had come out of the state this year,'' Wellman said. "There are teams with multiple D-I kids. With so much talent as this year, teams had to really work hard to be able to compete. It was a lot of fun this year.''
Spring Valley offensive lineman Trevor Stacy joined Wellman on the first team.
Huntington also had a pair of representatives in offensive lineman Toney Kitts and defensive back Clark Wilson.