MORGANTOWN - WVU drew a line when it decided to jump from the Big East to the Big 12 immediately.
Now, one of its most pressing priorities is to draw strong linemen.
In order to compete with schools like Texas and Oklahoma, schools that annually fare well in recruiting big men, the Mountaineers need to stock up on big bodies. For the front line. For depth.
The hope in the current camp is a start was made with newcomers Christian Brown and Mark Glowinski. The former is a 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive nose tackle out of Bridgeton (N.J.) High. The latter is a 6-5, 290-pound offensive tackle who transferred from Lackawanna (Pa.) College.
"I got here in June and have just been working hard, trying to compete every day," Brown said. "Trying to help my team win the Big 12."
Brown is a big body expected to help projected starter Jorge Wright. Right now, he's running No. 2 on the depth chart. Brown's goal, however, is to start.
"Yes sir," Brown said. "They said if I come in and compete, play hard and give effort I have a chance to start and play."
Brown said he chose WVU over Rutgers, Connecticut, Central Florida and South Florida because of the opportunity.
"When I was looking at West Virginia, Coach [Bill Kirelawich] and I had a good relationship," said the player. "We talked about playing time. Then he left and I met Coach [Erik] Slaughter and he's the same type of coach. They want me to play early, work hard and start. They want me to compete every day."
Conditioning might be the key.
"That's the hardest," Brown said. "When I came in I wasn't prepared . . . [strength coach] Mike Joseph is a good guy, but he'll push you. As long as you give effort, though, that's all that matters."
On the field, there are other obstacles.