With signing day just around the corner, we've been breaking down the biggest positional need of every Big 12 roster. Then, ESPN recruiting guru Jeremy Crabtree has been evaluating how those Big 12 teams have been addressing those holes in recruiting.
We finish this series below with the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Position of need: Quarterback
Who they're losing: West Virginia doesn't actually lose any quarterbacks off last season's team. But that doesn't mean quarterback isn't a need for the Mountaineers moving forward .
Skyler Howard will be a senior in 2016. And his primary backups, well, have been playing other positions.
Dana Holgorsen could still swing either or both back to quarterback before 2017. Sills showed plenty of promise as a receiver after cracking the rotation midway through the season, and Crest has the athleticism that could continue to see him utilized in a multipurpose role.
The Mountaineers do also have Chris Chugunov, who redshirted this past season. But he obviously has yet to play a down.
Strengthening the quarterback spot should be one of the priorities for West Virginia for the future. -- Trotter
Who they're getting: The Mountaineers didn’t waste any time finding its quarterback in the 2016 class.
WVU offered a few passers early in the process and focused in on Tyrhee Pratt, a local three-star dual-threat quarterback from Charleston (W.Va.) Capital High School. That focus paid off with a commitment in March of 2015. Pratt’s scouting report says he’s best suited to run a zone-read spread scheme and has good decisiveness and the ability to hurt you with his arms and his legs.
This sounds exactly like what the Mountaineers coaches want out of their quarterbacks, and they are really high on Pratt and his upside. Since Pratt committed early and he’s from West Virginia, some insiders believe he’s one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the country. -- Crabtree