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2015 Commit "Chugs" Excited for WVU QB Competition

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MORGANTOWN - A second visit to West Virginia was all Chris Chugunov needed to commit to the Mountaineers.

A rising senior at Montgomery (N.J.) High School, Chugunov – or “Chugs," as his friends call him – became the eleventh member of WVU’s 2015 recruiting class this week when he sided with Dana Holgorsen and the Mountaineers staff.

“There’s a lot to like about playing football at West Virginia,” Chugunov said. “The area, I like the coaches, the overall football atmosphere and the level of competition that I would be playing at are all big factors.”

Chugunov is listed at 6-foot-1, 188 pounds with a 3-star rating according to Rivals.com. He came to Morgantown over the weekend for a one-day camp in an effort to prove to the rest of the coaches that he had what they were looking for.

He had already proven it to offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, who took over Chugunov’s recruitment after cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell initiated the contact in the winter. Dawson, who would be working directly with Chugunov as the quarterbacks coach, was impressed by what he saw on a trip to New Jersey and continued to stay in close contact with the prospect since they met in January.

“He came up here, watched me work out and then we were in really close contact after that,” Chugunov said. “He wanted me to come down this weekend and show the whole staff what I showed him here.”

He did precisely that. Chugunov says he hit his receivers in stride on their routes, showing his accuracy as well as his arm strength and making a solid impression to stand out among the other quarterbacks in attendance.

When asked what he brings to the program, Chugunov focused more on intangibles than statistical analysis of his game.

“The one thing everyone says about me, and I completely agree, is I’m super competitive in everything I do,” he said. “I’m going to work as hard as I can this offseason to prepare for my senior season. I’m focused on improving myself. I’m not scared of anything.”

He recognizes that the competitive nature will be necessary when he gets to West Virginia following his senior season at Montgomery. The Mountaineers bring in highly touted signal caller William Crest this fall and junior college transfer Skyler Howard has two years of eligibility remaining.

Chugunov doesn’t shy away from whatever position battle he could find himself in, whether it’s year one or further down the road. 

“I’m sure this upcoming season that Coach Dawson and Coach Holgorsen will figure things out,” Chugunov said regarding the current quarterback competition. “There are some really good QBs over there now, but the year I come in, they’re graduating three guys, so we’ll see. I’m a competitor. I’m always up to compete.”

Of course, the real competition will be the opponents in the Big 12. Growing up in New Jersey, the conference may have seemed out of reach geographically, but the caliber of programs Chugunov will see week in and week out greatly intrigue him.

“Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma – all of those guys, that’s awesome,” he said. “When I was a kid, I was watching all of these guys on TV and now a lot of the offenses in the Big 12 really suit my skill set, especially at West Virginia with the spread air raid offense.”

As excited as Chugunov is to get his collegiate career started, he says after two visits to campus that he is equally anxious to make the move to his new college town.

“Morgantown is a football town,” he said. “All of the fans are super passionate about it and everyone really cares about football. When I was there, I could tell it was a really great environment.”

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