Freshman QB Chavas Rawlins transferring from West Virginia
[dropcap]W[/dropcap]est Virginia freshman quarterback Chavas Rawlins has decided to transfer.
Rawlins, from Monessen, Pa., was a 2013 signee who enrolled in January and went through spring ball with the Mountaineers.
Former West Virginia quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital played a key role in Rawlins’ recruitment. When Spavital left WVU in January to be co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M, that set things in motion.
“Everyone at West Virginia was great to him, but as you know he came in right when Jake left,” Monessen head coach Andy Pacak told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. ”His initial decision was I’m gonna go down there and make the most of it, but that (loss of Spavital) weighed on him a little bit.”
A 3-star recruit and the nation’s No. 20 dual threat quarterback by Rivals.com, Rawlins (6-3, 190) passed for 2,372 yards and rushed for 1,328 yards in his final two seasons of high school. He chose the Mountaineers over 20 scholarship offers, including finalists Tennessee and Duke.
This spring, Rawlins struggled to catch up with the quarterbacks already on campus, and did not see action in the spring game. Dana Holgorsen and Shannon Dawson elected instead to reserve all the reps for junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress.
“Chavas has been getting reps in practice and slowly we’ve been moving him along, but obviously he’s got a long ways to go,” Holgorsen said after the spring game.
There’s no word yet on where Rawlins will look to transfer. His brother Justice Rawlins (6-2, 220) is a 3-star rated linebacker in the 2014 recruiting class with offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Akron.
He was the only quarterback signed by West Virginia in the 2013 class.
Florida State transfer Clint Trickett will join Millard and Childress in West Virginia’s quarterback race this fall.
Photo credit: John Heller / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette