Editor's Note: Below the article you will find links to premium interviews with each WVU commitment during the first day of practice for the event.
While West Virginia is set to face Syracuse in the 2012 New Era Pinstripe Bowl this Saturday, a number of future Mountaineers will be playing in their own postseason game that afternoon.
The 2012 Chesapeake Bowl will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Marvin F. Wilson Stadium in Hyattsville, Md. and the senior-only all-star game will pit the mid-Atlantic region's top talent against one another.
The players are split into two teams by geographic region with the North made up of players from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware, and the South comprised of prospects from Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.
West Virginia will be well represented with a total of eight commitments accepting invitations to play in this year's edition of the game.
Newark (N.J.) Shabazz linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton, Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek running back Zaire Williams, Philadelphia (Pa.) William Penn Charter safety Daryl Worley, McKeesport (Pa.) linebacker Hodari Christian, Hermitage (Pa.) Hickory running back DeShawn Coleman and Bloomfield (N.J.) offensive tackle Marcell Lazard will represent the north squad while Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar outside linebacker Marvin Gross and Huntington (W.Va.) Spring Valley fullback Elijah Wellman will suit up for the south.
All of the recruits are excited about the opportunity to play together before they arrive on a college campus and the fact that the experience also will allow many of the prospects the opportunity to showcase their talents in an-all-star game setting against other division one athletes was just too much to pass up.
"Once I saw that Zaire (Williams) got into it I was thinking that would be something nice and then I got the chance," Benton said. "It's definitely something I'm looking forward to. It's great to play with and against guys on the same caliber and get used to the change in the game."
"I'm thankful for being invited. I'm glad to be involved in such a game big and thankful for all of my coaches that have helped me get there as well," Williams said. "I'm excited."
The game features a number of high profile prospects from throughout the region that are committed or being recruited by division one programs including running back Taquan Mizzell (Virginia), linebacker Yannick Ngakoue (Washington, D.C.), offensive lineman Na'Ty Rodgers (Maryland), wide receiver Taivon Jacobs (Maryland), linebacker Doug Randolph (Virginia), linebacker Brandon Bell (New Jersey), offensive lineman Derwin Gray (Maryland), wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (Virginia), cornerback Tim Harris (Virginia) wide receiver Brian Lemelle (Pennsylvania), wide receiver Andre Patton (Delaware), athlete Delton Williams (Pennsylvania), athlete Myles Nash (New Jersey) offensive lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith (Pennsylvania), safety Oren Burks (Virginia) and athlete Rashad Kinlaw (New Jersey), among many others.
In 2010 the South defeated the North 30-27 and last season the North won 28-17.