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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  • wvguy624

    What ever did happen to Jeremy Johnson?

  • jfk

    its a shame since the kid gave up half his senior year of HS to just take barely 10% of the reps and not even get in the spring game good luck to him reminds me of the Jeremy Johnson. We have had 3 QB's leave here since 2010

  • Greg

    Good luck young man. Just beware of the "snake oil salesmen" out there who will promise you the moon.

  • JoeJoe

    Separating the wheat from the Chavas. Thats all.

  • Jimi Johnston

    Wish he would have stayed and put in the extra work to be starting QB however it's his choice and I wish him well

  • Ant

    I would have left too. I was signed as a quarterback, I came to school early. Practice all spring and don't get one throw in the spring game. Come on who's going to be fine with that? If you are you must be a loser. As a competitor you want a chance to compete. Not watch other compte.

  • Helen5844

    Best of luck where ever he goes. Too bad he has to sit out a year. After all he did not play in the Spring game.

  • Rugger

    We hardly knew ya kid......Best of luck to you!!!

  • chad

    It's a shame. I was rooting for this kid because I know he really wanted to be a Mountaineer. Good luck to him

  • Chris

    I knew it was coming i can't blame him good luck Chavas.

  • Kinduvabigdeal

    Division II, here he comes. "Three-star dual threat" means "not great at either."

    • big tom

      tell that to pat white

  • John weaver

    I guess this is the nature of college football today. Immediate satisfaction or I am out of here. Transferring has become the equivalency of free agency. This is a shame, who knows what happens during the course of the year. Look at pat white's career, circumstances gave him an opportunity to play that no one could have predicted. Then, He took advantage of his opportunities. Rawlins is only deferring his opportunities without really trying. This is not a formula for success at any level for a young man.

    • Allan Taylor

      You guys make valid points about some kids not sticking through the rough spots. But in Rawlins' defense, he was going to redshirt next season (barring a Maryland-type string of QB voodoo luck), and if he doesn't feel comfortable about his future at WVU, better to move now and avoid losing another year down the line.

      • John

        It says he didn't have the connection with the other coaches that he had with Spavital. I don't think this necessarily has anything to do with lack of playing time, not being tough, etc. You can't blame the kid (and I think we forget far too often that these are still kids) if he thinks he made a mistake. Best of luck to him.

        • NorthernWVman

          He is NOT a kid!!! He is an adult!! Making crybaby childish descisions "I'm gonna take my ball and play somewhere else"

          • Shadow

            College Football isn't the Mafia, you can leave it at your pleasure and that is the American Way.

    • Shawn

      The problem these days is EVERY kids thinks they are a star. They are top dog in highschool and they think it will transistion over immediately at the collegiate level. You're right about Pat...if Bednarik doesnt get hurt we would've never known who Pat White was. Patience is key in the game of life.

  • Big O

    Good luck to him......

  • Shawn

    And as far as Crest is concerned, he's got that arm strength that Holgs is looking for. This Dual Threat kids are looking at Holgs/WVU because they want to get into the NFL. They are willing to learn how to be a pocket passer in order to be successful. And as far as mobility is concerned, Crest has some wheels and will be a dangerous weapon in a Holgy style offense.

  • Shawn

    I knew this was coming from day 1. This is a Rich Rod type guy and look for Arizona to make a push for him. Holgorsen has his style and he doesn't fit within that style. Their goal was to push him in at WR and the kid wants to stay true to the QB position and thats a good thing. He'll find the right place with the right system. Good Luck young man!