MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Quarterback David Sills, who famously committed to USC coach Lane Kiffin as a 13-year-old seventh-grader in 2010, pledged to West Virginia on Wednesday afternoon, according to Rivals.

The Class of 2015 four-star recruit decommitted from USC last month, a move long predicted after Kiffin was fired last season and the Trojans began courting other quarterbacks.

Sills is no longer hailed as a can’t-miss, once-in-a-generation prospect. The hype has simmered and he’s not among the 19 top quarterbacks listed in ESPN’s national top 300. Yet he continues to be pursued by the likes of Michigan, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Maryland as he enters his senior season at Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Md. That’s the same program that produced WVU receiver Daikiel Shorts and running back Wendell Smallwood.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Sills—ranked by Rivals as the nation’s No. 14 pro-style quarterback—is the Mountaineers’ second quarterback commitment for 2015, following June’s announcement by three-star prospect Chris Chugunov of New Jersey.

“Sills has prototypical size and throws an accurate, catchable ball,” said Rivals senior writer Keenan Cummings of WVSports.com. “Sills isn’t the dual-threat with feet like class of 2014 quarterback William Crest, but he does have the big arm and pocket presence West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has shown to prefer.”

Added Scout writer Kevin Kinder of BlueGoldNews.com: “He looked good at WVU’s camp in drills where he had to reset his feet and avoid pass-rushers, so he’s not a statue. But he’s definitely a stand-in-the-shotgun, read-the-field-and-let-it-go type of quarterback.”

A longtime pupil of quarterbacks guru Steve Clarkson, Sills has played a number of high-profile high school games—the kind of training that could make him a contender for West Virginia’s starting job as a true freshman. By that point, Crest would be a sophomore or a redshirt freshman and junior-college transfer Skyler Howard would be a redshirt sophomore.

West Virginia now has 14 commitments for next February’s class, which Rivals ranks No. 24 in the nation after landing Sills.
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  • any major dude

    This is a nice recruit and I for one am happy to have him. Might he change his mind? Sure. Might he transfer out at some point? Of course. Might he turn out to be not-so-great? Yes. But these things can be said of any recruit, and you are making a big mistake if you write him off at this point, 2, 3, 4 or 5 star recruit, or walk-on for that matter!

  • imgrill

    how do people who know so little have so much to say?

  • WV the State

    Never heard of him...like many of the WVU signees! Just hope they're good. And I hope this year is better than last... can't see how it could be any worse, but who knows. Hope Marshall does well this year too. Never heard of but maybe two teams they're playing this year...but oh well. Gotta support WV in it's entirety!!

    • Larry

      As Red Foreman would say, pull your head out of your a** and google him rube. Just because you have never heard of him does not mean that he is not a legitimate college QB, it just means your, as ole' Red would say, a Dumb A**.

    • GoEers

      "never heard of him...like many of the signees!"

      He's not a signee. He is a verbal commitment. The reason you don't know about him is because you're not a WVU fan. You basically really don't know much about WVU athletics or much of anything else. Go back to the Marshall boards.

  • David

    Wrong. Geno Smith was an ESPN150 QB and one of the best QB's in the nation coming out of high school. 4* on every site.

    • Alex

      The point was, he was not rated a five star coming out of high school... Mistakes from the scouts.

  • Alex

    If I'am not mistaking Geno Smith was rated three star coming out of high school, by the time he was in his senior year at WVU, in my opinion he was a Five "5" star player. That does not mean that he was not a five star player when he was in high school. People who do the ratings make mistakes.... People who rate the high school players are Scouts who make votes on certain players and when they get a certain number of votes that it may add up to be 3, 4, 5 star that's what's posted. If the scout don't see the player he he don't vote, "also count video tapes" in it too.... It doesn't mean a rated three star is not as good as they rated five because lack of people seeing them..... I remember a few years back Bobby Bowen talked about his players he said "why they are rated four and five star players"I don't see why they're not more productive.... Florida State with through couple or three years of bad selection of players... (Ratings are only an opinion of individuals).....

  • RichRod

    Trust me. I'm coming back. I will restore the program.

    • Richie'sRod

      Yep, we're coming back, we like the cheerleaders their, best....

      • Richie'sRod

        ooops, THERE one of the problems they had with us in Ann Arbor was certainly our grammar skills,,,, and of course intellect..

  • jay zoom

    won't change the situation on the field as long as Holgerson/Luck run the show. Still 4/5 - 8/7 in 2016, and maybe beyond. THANKS OLLIE (Chef Camille - good post and to the point)

    • Larry

      Stupid is as stupid does. Why don't you take your dog and pony show in the road dumb a**.

    • GoEers

      Sure it changes the situation. It just makes you more mad and jealous of WVU!!

      I love it!!!

  • Chef Camille

    Yea commit today gone tomorrow. Why even tell us this. Let's wait until he shows up in Motown and doesn't bring any problems with him.

  • Ron - from Morgantown

    I'm trying to figure out how they rate these players ( ie Rivals ,Scout , Espn ) . He is a 4 star yet not among the top 19 QB listed by ESPN . Where is he listed by Espn in the QB category ? Who has him as a 4 star - Rivals or Scout ? Rivals has him as the 14th best (pro-style) QB in the nation - that's pretty good - although when you consider all QB he probably falls out of the top 20 . The best judge of talent is to see who is recruiting him and that's a pretty impressive list . Skyler - srry but the handwriting is on the wall - its been good to (not) know you . In a few short months we have elevated the potential talent at QB to a point where WVU should be competitive in the B12. We seem to have established a solid recruiting base in Maryland and having two marquee matchups at FEDEX (2016-2017) should help keep the momentum going . We are doing in Marland what we can't seem to do in Va.

    • Aaron

      Recruiting guru's from the various camps. It used to be that only schools ran camps now there are plethora of camps ran by pro QB's, financed by these organizations and they rate players on many of the same attributes that are used in the NFL combine including 40 times, standing vertical, long jump, various weights and times in different drills.

      It's essentially a computer program in which all the numbers are input and a rating is achieved. If a player doesn't participate directly in these camps, they will use numbers from camps as various University's. If they have none of those, they sometimes will use high school numbers but those players are rarely rated higher than 2 stars.

      The one thing they can not measure is heart and work ethic, which was former 5 star recruit Jason Gwatney's problem. He reported to camp out of shape and took a back seat to Steve Slaton. About the time he started putting it together in the Rutgers game, he had 54 yards on 4 carries including a 17 yard run in which he hurt his knee. Not one for going to class or staying out of trouble, he was eventually kicked off the team by Rich Rod, ended up at a Division III school and made the list of Top 10 Flame-outs by Bleacher Report.

  • Mike

    Sounds encouraging, at least the potential. Maybe sliding down the ratings will inspire the kid to work extra hard to prove himself. Hope for the best for him...and EERS.

  • Mountaineer Fanatic

    I am so tired of hearing some of the countries dumbest mouthing off about Rich Rod coming back. I for one would think of that as a disaster. How many times do some of you want to lay down and have that thing walk all over you. Get a life. Or maybe you can go to Arizona. They like him, I do not.
    I also welcome the new guy. If he really wants to be a Mountaineer. LETS GOOOO MOUNTAINEERS. BEAT ALABAMA!@!!!!

    • Beaver Sniffer

      Regarding Richy Boy..."Let it gooooo Mountaineers"!

      • Larry

        The only sniffing you have done dumb a** is in placing your own. You might possibly be the biggest dumb a** to post on this site.

  • Woodchuck

    Oh good Lord!

  • Harpers Ferry

    Lane Kuffen did such a great job at USC, what could go wrong with this signing. Especially since he's been told how great a QB he is since he was in middle school. Nope, no red flags being raised at this signing. I LOVE the Mountaineers, but this Kool-Aid tastes sour. Can't wait until 2015 when the WVU baseball season begins anew and Rich Rod comes back home!

    • Larry

      I'm not a Lane Kiffin fan but I am a Nick Saban Fan so imagine my confusion when Saban hired Kiffin as his new offensive coordinator.

      As usual, some of you guys don't know what the f*** you are talking about.

    • Steve

      Hey Harper...not only do you bash 2 star recruits, but now you're bashing a 4 star recruit who has offers from many other college football programs across the country. Why don't you just admit that you are a WVU hater and a jealous Marshall troll. Do everyone a favor and go read and post about other teams,

    • Low Rider

      Give the kid a chance Harpers Ferry. Rich Rod isn't coming back. You and all the Dana haters out there would love nothing better than another losing season.

    • Art in Ohio

      Rich Rod is not coming back.

  • Greg

    Welcome aboard young man!

  • steve

    Congratulations to the coaching staff for receiving the 4th 4 star commitment in the 2015 class. This class is shaping up to be one of WVU's best.

    It's a great day to be a mountaineer wherever you may be!!!

    • notorious

      Ranked 31st. It will probably end up ranked 25-40. Its been in that range each year for the last 10 years.

      • Steve

        Glad to see a Marshall fan like yourself keeps tabs on WVU's recruiting ranking. And if you're not a Marshall fan, then you certainly are the most negative miserable human being alive. Sure everyone enjoys being around you notorious.

        • notorious

          Truth hurts sometimes. I keep tabs on recruiting because I am a fan. A fan that isn't buying the hype. Holgorsen has been a disaster and the program won't move forward until he is removed. Oliver Luck has done a great job as AD and has positioned the University well for the future. BUT he missed big time on DH and his contract had really put WVU in a bind.

          I've found that those who screamed the loudest for Stewart to go are Holgorsen's staunchest supporters. Funny how that works.

          • J the C

            I can't believe you put BS in the same sentence with Holgs. One's a coach and one was a cheerleader.

          • Hersh

            Except that the 31st reference or the fact that all our classes over the last 10 years have been between 25-40 isn't "the truth". We're 24th according to Rivals, 23rd on Scout and 21st on 247 Sports and we've had classes ranked higher than 25th and lower than 40th. Otherwise, great analysis.

          • Steve

            Ok since you don't deny being a Marshall fan and posted that DH has been a disaster for the program, then you would have to agree that Doc Holliday has been a disaster for MU's program.

            Dana's record in 3 years at WVU is 21-17 while doc is 27-24 after 4 years. Dana has at least 3 victories agains top 25 teams while doc has none. Dana has a conference title and a BCS bow victory. Doc has neither. Head to head Dana is 2-0.

            Notorious those are the facts. I'm sorry that the truth hurts, but if you're going to bash WVU coaches then get ready to face cold hard facts. Best thing for you to do is stick with reasing and commenting on Marshall articles.