MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Only five months after enrolling at West Virginia, dual-threat quarterback Chavas Rawlins plans to transfer.

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Dual-threat quarterback Chavas Rawlins, an early enrollee at WVU since January, plans to transfer.

The 2013 signee out of Monessen, Pa., was a three-star Rivals recruit who entertained offers from numerous FBS schools, including Tennessee, Pitt, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Northwestern and Rutgers.

Rawlins’ high school coach Andy Pacak told MetroNews the departure of WVU quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital — who’s now at Texas A&M — left a void, though the rest of the Mountaineers staff “bent over backward” to help Rawlins.

“All of a sudden Jake wasn’t going to be there, and I think that had an impact,” said Pacak. “Chavas went down there and tried and gave it a shot, but he was missing that relationship. He developed some close relationships with other coaches during the recruiting period as well, and I think he’s looking for that type of relationship again.

“But Coach (Dana) Holgorsen and (Shannon) Dawson were great. They were always upfront with him and me. For Chavas, this isn’t a move based on the coaches, or West Virginia or the facilities or anything like that.”

Rawlins was the lone quarterback prospect WVU signed in February, though since he arrived on campus, the Mountaineers added Florida State transfer Clint Trickett and received a 2014 commitment from four-star dual-threat quarterback William Crest of Baltimore-Dunbar.

Positioned as the No. 3 quarterback behind junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress, Rawlins did not play a snap in the Gold-Blue spring game.

At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Rawlins shows sub-4.5 speed, making him an enticing prospect at receiver as well. But Pacak reiterated Rawlins remains focused on playing quarterback.

“If anything, his experience down there at West Virginia shows he does belong (at quarterback),” Pacak said. “It’s just about putting in the work and getting acclimated to the system. All in all, he had a good experience there, so I don’t think Chavas is looking to switch positions.”

Rawlins, who was likely headed for a redshirt season at WVU, will now simply spend next fall sitting out at another school under the NCAA’s transfer rule.

“At this point,” Pacak said, “his options are wide open.”

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  • ezcwvu

    Without having any experience returning at QB. how at the spring game are you not taking a good look at everyone for now and the future. I agree get off the ship before it sails its harder to get back to shore. Good Luck to him. As well as us. If there was writing on the wall and he saw it. Good for him. I didn't see him talking bad about WVU. So we shouldn't be him.

  • farm kid

    the kid played in a class A program.a good program,however the competition is not great. he does not understand CREAM comes to the top,it is part of life.there is a story about two million kids play high school football,it drops to about 150,000 play college, 1600 kids play in the nfl. Chavas should have played another position could have a better chance playing in nfl.

  • Jimi Johnston

    Did not know he was at Blinn thanks

  • Jimi Johnston

    Johnson is doing well at Lamar in Beaumont,TX right in his back yard

  • Bonnie

    There is nothing worse than being somewhere that you are not happy.

    So Good Luck to this young man wherever you go and I hope you find what you are looking for.

  • Bigfan

    If he does not want to be here i'm glad he is leaving now instead of later.

  • WVUfaninMD

    Jeremy Johnson transferred to Lamar, and then transferred to Blinn Junior College. His eligibility is done there (2 year school), so he'll need to transfer yet again if he wants to continue with his football career.

  • Tony Patrinicola

    I don't believe any quarterback will have success at W,V,U, unless we get a defense. Look at top rated Geno, who lost primary games because the NCAA last place defense gave no support. Why so much emphasis on Quarterbacks, with no mention of improving defense?

  • Chef Camille

    Can we bring Rich Rod back?

  • Jon

    Good luck to him. A kid who would have never started for us, doesn't have the arm strength or accuracy. Watching his sr highlight tape, I was not that impressed. Would be a solid c-usa qb.

    • tw eagle

      did you notice in his clips that almost 1/3 of the clips had people standing in the backfield . . .they were from scrimmages . . .WVU was the only DIV I school to allow him to come as a QB recruit . . .this kid will have to search long and hard to find a DIV I school to give him an opportunity to play QB . . .i'm guessing coach holgerson would have waited till next spring to ask rallins to switch to corner . . .trickett arriving forced him to attempt to move the kid earlier . . .and he bolted . . .I say it's 50/50 the kid returns before summer camp . . .

  • Shawn

    The point of recruiting is to find somebody better than what you currently have and that will compete for the starting job.

    Dana has a complex playbook and it takes a year or so to understand it unless you have that football IQ that he is looking for. You cant around and wait for a kid to develop and continue to go 7-6 for 3 years.

  • joel

    Look for another season being at the bottom of the Big 12. Chavas was the X-factor. Yes he is the Rich Rod type of QB. WVa have a history of having some of the best dual threat QBs over the last two decades. I think that Luck would be looking for a head coach very soon.

  • tw eagle

    big and fast . . .not too many qb skills . . .would probably have been asked to play corner if he stayed at WVU . . .having him leave probably says he was asked to change position. . .evidently his desire to play qb outweighs his abilities to do just that . . .even at a div II school , he won't be able to 'wade' through smaller players like he did in hs . . .good luck kid , you should have hung around for the education. . .

  • zero tolerance

    He'd be working with a new coach before the end of his career any way. Probably smart to enroll in a program with some stability.

    Horseman will be moving on in a few years.

  • Low Rider

    Clint Trickett = transfer for Rawlins. Kids today do not want to put in the time to start. They all expect to be the "go to guy" their first day on campus.