CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- National Signing Day did not pack as strong of a punch for West Virginia high school football players as it did in 2013, but the stories of two Class A players provided intriguing insight into what the day means to players, fans and families across America.
After a season in which many anticipated he would sign with Pitt, Madonna quarterback Ross Comis announced last month that he had accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Massachusetts.
"I think just the full scholarship thing played a big role," said the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Comis, who led the Blue Dons to the Class A state championship and finished second in voting for the Kennedy Award.
"Pittsburgh really wasn't looking like they were going to pull the trigger. They were talking walk-on and saying things like, 'Don't expect a scholarship. It might happen but we don't want you to expect it.' I took a visit (to UMass) and fell in love with the campus and coaches. Coach (Mark) Whipple is going to be a great coach to learn from and hopefully take the next step in the process."
A three-sport standout, Comis finished 2013 with 57 total touchdowns along and 3,630 total yards (1,942 rushing and 1,688 passing). He threw 22 touchdown passes and just four interceptions in the Dons' 14-0 season that culminated with a win over Greenbrier West in the Super Six.
At the other end of the emotional spectrum on Wednesday was Meadow Bridge senior Jake Parker. A tweet issued Wednesday afternoon by the two-time Class A All-State running back and the 2013's state rushing leader said plenty in just two words.
"Offers? None!," it read.
Parker (6-0, 198) ran for 2,505 yards and 33 touchdowns in 11 games and was touted throughout the season as a potential Kennedy Award candidate.
"I'm not really sure what's happening," Parker said Wednesday. "I try to get my name out there as best as I can."
Comis was one of three Mountain State players to finalize scholarship offers with FBS programs Wednesday. Cabell Midland fullback Teran Barnitz (6-0, 215) signed with Army and Morgantown offensive lineman Amanii Brown (6-5, 285) signed with West Virginia.