MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's quarterbacks shuffle continued Thursday. Freshman Chavas Rawlins has decided to leave the Mountaineers.
Rawlins enrolled in January, but took limited practice reps behind junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress during spring football drills and didn't play at all in the spring game April 20.
"Chavas has been getting reps in practice and slowly we've been moving him along, but obviously he's got a long ways to go," Coach Dana Holgorsen said after the game.
Then again, Holgorsen also said, "The team that we field in September is going to look a lot different."
The changes began quickly.
Clint Trickett, who spent three years and played two seasons at Florida State, was at the spring game on an official visit and decided two weeks later to transfer to WVU. Trickett has already graduated and has two years left to play two seasons.
The day before the game, William Crest, from Baltimore's Dunbar High, made a verbal (non-binding) commitment to the 2014 class. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Crest is regarded as a four-star prospect and a top-20 dual threat at the position.
The 6-2, 200-pound Rawlins can transfer without his time at WVU counting against his eligibility.
If he moves to a FBS school, he'd remain a true freshman in the fall and have five years of eligibility, but he'd have to sit out. It he moved to a lower division, he'd have five years, but he'd also be eligible to play right away.
Rawlins passed for 2,373 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 1,338 and 19 touchdowns his final two seasons at Monessen (Pa.) High. He was the Class A all-state quarterback in 2012.
Said to run the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds, Rawlins was coveted by colleges on offense and defense.
He picked WVU over scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, USF, Tennessee and Virginia.
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