MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's 2013 football game against the University of Maryland in the Baltimore Ravens' stadium won't be the first trip to a pro stadium in the area.Multiple sources familiar with the arrangement say WVU is close to finalizing an agreement to play James Madison in 2012 at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins. The game would be Sept. 15, the third game of the regular season, in Landover, Md.The contract makes it a home game for the Mountaineers, but the Dukes expect to have a strong showing in the stands. JMU, a Football Championship Subdivision school in Harrisonburg, Va., is guaranteed $350,000 for the game, but can make an additional $150,000 in an attendance incentive.The Dukes, who have about 20,000 alumni in the Washington, D.C., metro area, would make $10 for every ticket sold beyond 42,500 up to 57,500.
Virginia Tech and Boise State played before a sell-out crowd of 86,587 at FedEx Field in September.WVU's guarantee is to be greater than $2 million, which is right around what it makes for a home game, and shy of the payout for the 2016 game against BYU at FedEx Field. The Mountaineers will make $2.25 million for that game.With the JMU game, WVU has completed its schedules through 2014. WVU officials declined to comment on the game with no contract in place.WVU and JMU have only played once.
The Mountaineers beat the Dukes 45-10 in 2004, the year JMU won the FCS national championship.The 2012 game is being organized by Russ Potts Productions. Potts is a former state senator in Virginia as well as the former athletic director at Southern Methodist University and a former athletic department employee at the University of Maryland, his alma mater. He could not be reached for comment.WVU announced last week it will play the Terrapins in Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium in 2013.
* * *WVU NOW has 10 players committed to the 2012 recruiting class after four pledged in the past five days. Offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky, running back/cornerback Albert Reid, cornerback Da'Quan Davis and receiver Deontay McManus all picked WVU since June 22.Orlosky, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound guard at St. Edward High, in Lakewood, Ohio, was first. He's rated as a four-star prospect by Scout.com and the 17th-best guard in his class. Rivals.com gave Orlosky three stars and ranks him No. 32 at his position.The 5-10, 195-pound Reid chose WVU a day later.He attends Friendship Collegiate Academy, in Washington, D.C., and has three stars from Scout.com and Rivals.com. He's ranked No. 57 among athletes by Rivals.com and No. 52 among cornerbacks by Scout.com.
Davis and McManus both picked WVU over the weekend while playing on the same team at WVU's 7-on-7 camp. The 5-11, 175-pound Davis, from Calvert Hall High, in Towson, Md., is ranked No. 40 among cornerbacks by Scout.com. The 6-1, 210-pound McManus is No. 14 among Rivals.com's receivers and No. 35 among Scout.com's receivers. He plays for Dunbar High, in Baltimore, and has four stars from both sites.Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at email@example.com
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