Stood up by UM, Slaton finds perfect marriage

Running back thrives for No. 5 West Va.

September 13, 2006|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun Reporter

Morgantown, W.Va. -- Steve Slaton suspects he has the turtles, though where they are right now is anyone's guess. Stuffed in a box maybe, gathering dust in an attic or a basement, forgotten long, long ago.

The plastic figurines - which depicted Maryland's mascot, Testudo, in all his menacing glory - were a present from his mom in 2003, during his junior year at Conwell-Egan Catholic High School in Fairless Hills, Pa. At the time, they were supposed to be a fun, inexpensive way to celebrate his recent good news. Slaton, considered one of the best high school running backs in Eastern Pennsylvania, was going to be a Terp. He had called Maryland's coaching staff, which had been recruiting him for some time, and given it his word.

Maryland@West Virginia

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