MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — One of West Virginia’s top quarterback targets for the 2019 class, Brian Maurer, won’t be overlooked much longer. The Rivals three-star prospect surprised some recruiting analysts Monday by making the field of Nike’s Elite 11 showcase.
A 6-foot-4 pro-style prospect from Ocala, Fla., Maurer received his first Power 5 offer from West Virginia more than year ago and visited Morgantown in May. The Mountaineers remain well-positioned against the likes of N.C. State, Boston College and Indiana, though new offers are expected to pour in.
From the months-long series of regional camps, Mauer was perhaps the most underrated of 24 quarterbacks who participated at the Elite 11 camp this weekend in Redondo Beach, Calif. The top 12 performers advanced to The Opening in Dallas scheduled for June 30-July 3.
“Coming into this camp, Maurer is a player we didn’t know a ton about,” wrote Greg Biggins of 247Sports. “He threw the ball very well Sunday in 7-on-7, making some big-time throws in clutch situations and is an intriguing kid for sure.”
With only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster behind senior Will Grier, West Virginia is expected to sign two quarterbacks in 2019. Whether both come from the high school ranks or WVU angles for another transfer depends on the evaluations of offensive coordinator Jake Spavital and head coach Dana Holgorsen.
Maurer remains a priority, one of only two Elite 11 quarterbacks still uncommitted.
“I think WVU has a good shot at signing him, but they’re casting a wide net,” said Rivals writer Keenan Cummings. “Since Maurer’s visit, West Virginia has offered Zack Calzada and turned up heat on Conner Bazelak.”
— Oklahoma commit Spencer Rattler of Phoenix
— Auburn commit Bo Nix of Pinson, Ala.
— TCU commit Max Duggan of Council Bluffs, Iowa
— Colorado commit Ty Evans of Monument, Colo.
— Michigan commit Cade McNamara of Reno, Nev.
— Wisconsin commit Graham Mertz of Overland Park, Kan.
— Washington commit Dylan Morris of Graham, Wash.
— South Carolina commit Ryan Hilinski of Orange, Calif.
— Florida State commit Sam Howell of Monroe, N.C.
— Alabama commit Taulia Tagovailoa, of Alabaster, Ala.
— Uncommitted Brian Maurer of Ocala, Fla. (West Virginia, Boston College, N.C. State, Indiana)
— Uncommitted Jayden Daniels of San Bernadino, Calif. (UCLA, Georgia, Cal, Texas A&M, USC)