Ghosts of Recruiting Present: Steve Slaton, Maryland Terrapin?
Hard to imagine now, but former West Virginia tailback Steve Slaton was buying into that whole "fear the turtle" thing. Maryland came out on top among the Philadelphia-area tailback's list of offers, and left him excited to play relatively close to family and home. That is, until they pulled his offer.
Thus: Steve Slaton at West Virginia, part of the great Pat White/Steve Slaton combo that had a large role in a pair of West Virginia BCS game appearances and victories and launched S.S. Rich Rodriguez into a seemingly ill-fated job-hop to Michigan.
Program changer? Definitely.
In his stead, Maryland has ridden the forgettable duo of Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball. They combined for over 4,000 yards in their careers, but didn't exactly light up the ACC or raise Maryland's profile. Slaton managed 3,923 yards in just three years and easily blew past troubled super recruit Jason Gwaltney, who hasn't been heard from again.
Slaton clearly did not take lightly to Maryland's bait-and-switch, toasting them for 137 yards and three touchdowns in 2007 and 195 yards and two touchdowns in 2006. Classic payback.
Be sure to check out the entire Ghosts of Recruiting series leading up to college football's national letter of intent day
Previously in Ghosts of Recruiting
Ghosts of Recruiting Past: Pac-10 Also-Rans Washington and UCLA
Ghosts of Recruiting Past: Big 12 Slumpers Colorado and Texas A&M
Ghosts of Recruiting Past: Former Masters Miami and Florida State
Ghosts of Recruiting Past: Aging, Embattled Warriors Pitt and Syracuse
Ghosts of Recruiting Past: Virginia and Michigan State Rounds Things Out