MORGANTOWN - Meet Dustin Garrison.
It's a good idea for West Virginia football fans, because all indications are the true freshman from Pearland, Texas, is coming to a Mountaineer game near you.
Garrison is a Dana Holgorsen guy. When the new coach was hired as WVU's offensive coordinator and coach-in-waiting, he and assistant Robert Gillespie made a beeline to Pearland, home of the Texas 5A state championship football team.
The coaches found Garrison, the 2010 Houston Chronicle's All-Greater Houston Offensive Player of the Year, waiting to be plucked. Garrison finished 2010 with 2,842 yards and 46 touchdowns on 406 carries, breaking single-season records in all three categories for the Texas powerhouse.
He just happened to be 5-foot-8, an issue to some major college recruiters.
"I think football for a lot of people is about size," Garrison said on Tuesday. "Me being shorter, it's kind of hard for me. So I had to push through."
He's pushed through and onto WVU's depth chart at tailback. Garrison and two other true freshmen - Vernard Roberts and Andrew Buie - are all projected for playing time this season.
And there's a little story about how Garrison made it to Touchdown City.
"It took me awhile in my high school career to get noticed," Garrison said. "But I remember that Gillespie called me when he was at Oklahoma State, right before the [Alamo] bowl game. He called me to let me know, 'Hey, I'm getting this coaching change. I'm a coach at Oklahoma State and I'm getting this new job. I just wanted to let you know if everything goes through and I get this new job, I want you to come with me.'
"I was like, 'All right, can you let me know where you're going?' He was like, 'I'll let you know.' He said to watch the bowl game. I watched and, after they won, I found out he and Coach Holgorsen were going to West Virginia.
"He called me the next day and said, 'Have you figured it out yet?' I said, 'Yeah, West Virginia.' He was like, 'What do you think?' I said, 'Sounds good.' "
Garrison might turn out to be a steal. He said he visited WVU and loved the place. ("It was the first time I'd seen real snow," he said.)
Then schools originally passing on the back took note.
"I got two or three more offers after [schools] found out I visited here," said the freshman. "Pitt offered, right after they found out I came here. Colorado offered. Washington State offered.
"But on that Sunday visit, it was me, Holgorsen and my mom. He asked if this was where I wanted to be. I told him yes. After I verbally committed, I didn't talk to any more schools."
The match seems to be a fit.
"The offense is pretty much the same as we ran in high school," Garrison said. "It's just the speed and the size are what's getting to me here."