MORGANTOWN \u2014 As he worked to keep Dana Holgorsen\u2019s December recruiting class intact, Neal Brown recognized he was making a sacrifice.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe biggest disadvantage of getting into a situation late is what most of our competitors are doing is they\u2019re probably going to sign two-to-five [players], at the most. But they\u2019re already 2020 and 2021 recruiting,\u201d Brown said. \u201cOur primary function was to make sure the December guys were in good shape and try to secure the signees that we did sign. So, as crazy as it sounds, we\u2019re sitting here in February, and we\u2019re probably a little bit behind on the (2020) class and even a little on the 2021 class.\u201d\r\n\r\nThere is a plan to make up for that lost ground, of course.\r\n\r\nNow that signing day is behind him, Brown will soon divide his coaching staff among geographic recruiting areas for which each assistant is responsible.\r\n\r\n\u201cEverybody is going to have geographic areas, and you\u2019re going to go through your area and find the top prospects within that area,\u201d Brown said. \u201cYou\u2019ll be the main recruiter, and then, the position coach will be involved as the secondary recruiter. And as the head coach, you\u2019re always involved. That\u2019s the way we go about it, and I\u2019ll have final say.\u201d\r\n\r\nIn his month on the job, Brown has made his presence known at several West Virginia high schools.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were able to get into a ton of high schools in the state, develop relationships with those guys, and that\u2019s something we\u2019ll continue to do,\u201d Brown said.\r\n\r\nBrown also made quick forays into the Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. areas, and plans to work his way into Ohio next.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were in that footprint as much as we possibly could while trying to chase the signees and going to see the guys who signed in December as well,\u201d Brown said.\r\n\r\nAfter spending the past four years completely overshadowed by titans Alabama and Auburn while he coached at Troy, Brown is eager to reap the benefit of being at a state\u2019s flagship school \u2014 particularly in a state that borders enough talent-rich areas to compensate for its own small population.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think being the in the state here and having a strong brand within this geographic footprint is critical,\u201d Brown said. \u201cWe feel like we can compete and win against anybody. If we do our job, are diligent and build relationships, then we should have as good of a chance as anybody in West Virginia and all the states that surround it.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe following players are among those already being pursued by the Mountaineers for next year\u2019s class:\r\n<h4>Sean Martin<\/h4>\r\nDE \u2022 6-5, 223 \u2022 Bluefield, W.Va. \u2022 Rivals three-star\r\n\r\nAs an in-state defensive lineman, Martin checks off every point of emphasis for Brown\u2019s next recruiting class\u2026 Other offers include Baylor, Marshall, Maryland, Duke and Illinois.\r\n<h4>Zach Frazier<\/h4>\r\nDT \u2022 6-2, 277 \u2022 Fairmont, W.Va. \u2022 Rivals three-star\r\n\r\nFrazier fills the same boxes as Martin, but as an interior lineman\u2026 His only other listed offer is Wake Forest, though Virginia is among the schools showing interest.\r\n<h4>Beau Allen<\/h4>\r\nQB \u2022 6-2, 200 \u2022 Lexington, Ky. \u2022 Rivals four-star\r\n\r\nCan Brown wrangle Allen from underneath the nose of his alma mater and former employer? Getting a talented quarterback away from his hometown isn\u2019t easy, but Brown is obviously well-connected in the Lexington area. And as it turns out, both of Allen\u2019s grandmothers are West Virginia natives\u2026 Other offers include Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Duke.\r\n<h4>Reese Smith<\/h4>\r\nATH \u2022 5-11, 175 \u2022 Danville, Ky. \u2022 Rivals three-star\r\n\r\nA wide receiver prospect from Brown\u2019s high school alma mater, Smith was offered almost immediately upon Brown taking the West Virginia job. He\u2019s the eighth-ranked prospect in Kentucky with plenty of time left to improve his stock\u2026 Other offers include Kentucky, Cincinnati, Duke and Austin Peay.\r\n<h4>Chris Mayo<\/h4>\r\nOG \u2022 6-5, 300 \u2022 Hightstown, N.J. \u2022 Rivals four-star\r\n\r\nIs rated by Rivals as the No. 10 guard in the country, and his recruitment reflects that status. Mayo has the potential to be the bedrock player in a signing class\u2026 Other offers include Pitt, Rutgers, Arizona State, Auburn, Maryland, Wake Forest and Kentucky. Penn State has yet to offer, but Mayo has already made a pair of unofficial visits to Happy Valley.