Well, that didn't take long.
Credit to Chas over at Pitt Blather for pointing this out, but after only a few months, West Virginia quarterback Chavas Rawlins is apparently headed for a transfer. As SB Nation's West Virginia blog, The Smoking Musket, points out, Rawlins was one of the Mountaineers' first recruits for 2013.
The move is a significant one. Rawlins was a solid three-star dual quarterback in the class of 2013 according to Rivals before he went to West Virginia, and the No. 20 such quarterback in the nation. He was heavily pursued by a gaggle of schools including Pitt, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and others before deciding on the Mountaineers.
The main reason for the move appears to be that his primary recruiter and quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital left the program for Texas A&M. There's also the fact that West Virginia added a Florida State quarterback transfer, Clint Trickett, but the fact remains that Spavital leaving seems to be the driving force behind this:
As soon as Spavital made his move, Rawlins felt less comfortable with the commitment he had made to the Mountaineers.
"I think from the onset, the way things went down with going there and Jake leaving, I think that he always had a little bit of trepidation and in our conversations, I steered him and tried to tell him that look, this is a different world now because it's a business and people leave and come and stay and go," Pacak said. "I told him to at least give it a shot and he did the semester, went through everything and now, three or fours months later, he still has that same feeling about the relationship that he and Jake had forged."
He's yet to make up his mind, according to reports, but given that he's from the area and previously considered Pitt, it wouldn't be a surprise if they were in the mix. And, heck, this tweet indicates that the Panthers could be the destination:
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
So there's that.
The one issue could be if Rawlins insists on playing quarterback. Pitt already has Chad Voytik, is pursuing Keller Chryst, and (for now, anyway) still has Tra'Von Chapman. The Panthers could be pretty loaded there if Chryst decides to pick Pitt. He said last fall that he liked playing defense, but it's believed he wants to be a quarterback.
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