It all makes this spring very interesting for the Mountaineers. Sure, they're looking longest at Paul Millard and Ford Childress to be the starter next season, but picking one may cost WVU the other.
That's the nature of the quarterback position, where players transfer because they want to play. There aren't quarterback committees like at running back. There is no daily need for depth like at cornerback. No one is aiming to provide depth at quarterback.
Both Millard and Childress are from Texas, where there are many FCS colleges that could give them the ball as soon as possible.
Rawlins may be in the right place at the right time. Millard and Childress are stationary and they are what defenses have seen in a Holgorsen offense for years. Rawlins is different in that he's mobile. He gives the defense something different for which to prepare.
He passed for 2,372 yards and rushed for 1,328 yards in his final two years at Pennsylvania's Monessen High. That his skills, unique at the position on the roster, are nevertheless on the roster is not a coincidence. Spavital would sign one quarterback a year in the best available way to avoid attrition. Rawlins was his pick for 2013.
A Manziel comparison is unfair. His high school numbers were prolific, never mind superior, but the two are about the same height and weight and the WVU biography will tell you Rawlins can run a 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.
Their offenses are comparable and Holgorsen has been spotlighted and studied, complimented and copied so much now that he must know well the value in developing and diversifying. It is not happening at Mountaineer Field right now and the safest available bet for 2013 is that, barring injury, Rawlins sits out and the coaching staff stews for another year.
At the same time, though, friends and foes will get a better look at what WVU does and a better idea of how to stop it.
There is room for a more mobile Mountaineer without having to reconstruct Holgorsen's offense.
This isn't changing philosophies, but rather adding features, some that are already built in, but not put to use. It's about a passer, but also a player who can use his feet to facilitate his arm and then run power plays behind guards for first downs and scramble for touchdowns.
His time is not now, not with two more experienced quarterbacks in place and new ideas in an infant stage, if they're even hatched. Rawlins isn't ready. WVU isn't ready. Yet if the ideas mature and Rawlins proves capable, if the Mountaineers maintain a greater depth of talent at running back than at receiver, if the offensive line finds starters and depth before experience and confidence, the future can look much different than the present.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.