Last spring, Monessen QB Chavas Rawlins was one of the first commits to the Hoopies. The athletic, dual-threat QB was so enthusiastic about the decision that he was an early enrollee.
Freshman quarterback Chavas Rawlins will transfer from West Virginia, his former high school coach at Monessen confirmed with the Post-Gazette this afternoon.
Coach Andy Pacak said Rawlins was recruited by and had developed a strong relationship with former quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital who left to take a position at Texas A&M earlier this year.
“Everyone at West Virginia was great to him, but as you now he came in right when Jake left. 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,” said Pacak.
It also just happens that WVU took in a Florida State QB transfer, Clint Trickett this spring. Trickett is considered a talented QB who could have the job after sitting this year. Not to mention another highly ranked QB verballed to WVU this spring.
Whether any of that played a role or not is unknown. Just as the undercurrent that part of why Rawlins chose WVU was assurances that he would be a QB, but by spring practices they were already pushing him to consider playing defensive back.
Obviously Pitt would be considered to be in the mix for Rawlins since he is local. Add in the questions with the status of Tra’von Chapman and it makes sense. Oh, and this.
Monessen track coach tells media here at Baldwin … QB Chavas Rawlins wants to go to Pitt. “Where he should have gone in first place.”
— Jason Mackey (@mackey_jason) May 17, 2013
There’s the primary question, though, of whether WVU would give Rawlins permission to transfer to Pitt. That can’t be assumed (right, Rushel Shell?).
Then there is the fact that Rawlins seems to want to be a QB. Pitt gave him no such assurances, and that probably hasn’t changed. Especially with the QBs Pitt is already looking to bring in the 2014 class.
One other factor is that Chavas Rawlins has a younger brother, Justice Rawlins. He is a linebacker and is a solid 3-star recruit. He already has an offer from Pitt and Rutgers, with more on the way. Depending on what kind of priority they have for young Justice, his older brother’s transfer status becomes a factor.