Search for next quarterback continues at WVU


It’s the life blood of any collegiate athletic program and a number one priority for those programs looking to make their way into the elite known as college football’s ‘Power 5’ conferences.

That being said, it is no wonder that West Virginia’s series of upcoming camps-beginning with a one-day camp Sunday-will be critical towards filling out the remainder of the Mountaineers’ Class of 2015.

“It’s never ending,” head coach Dana Holgorsen explained during his last stop in the Mid-Ohio Valley as part of the MAC’s Coaches Caravan held at JP Henry’s Restaurant. “About the time this current class gets signed up, we’ll be well into the 2016 class.”

One position in particular appears to be drawing a lot of attention-quarterback.

Several highly-touted signal callers appear on the roster for this summer with Long Beach (Calif.) quarterback Josh Love slated to visit Morgantown on June 3. Five days later, several more potential replacements will be at Mountaineer Field looking to become the next Major Harris or Pat White.

Chattanooga (Tenn.) quarterback Nick Tiano, who already holds offers from Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State and UT-Chattoonga, will join David Pindell of Columbia, Md., for the first of seven camps that will be held during the month of June.

Also among those expected to be in attendance will be Class of 2016 prospect Isaac Johnston from Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg (Va.). The name Johnston is a familair one for Mountaineer fans as the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder is the son of former-WVU quarterback Chad Johnston.

Getting the prospect on campus is one thing. Getting him to commit is another.

“Everybody else is going to try and get those guys,” continued Holgorsen. “What we have to do is identify what our needs are, find the players we feel can best help us fill those needs, and then get them on campus.”

Even after a recruit has elected the add his name to the Class of 2015 the coaching staff’s work is not done.

“You have to stay in contact with the recruit. Once it gets out that a recruit has committed to your program, there are a lot of schools that will come in and attempt to pull him away before National Letter of Intent Signing Day. As coaches we have got to make sure we stay up with our recruits to make sure that they are still on board when signing day comes around.”

* Speaking of quarterbacks, it would appear that Florida State transfer Clint Trickett has been released by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews of the Andrews Institute of Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, to resume all activity.

That is very good news for Mountaineer fans hoping that a healthy Trickett will provide a major impetus towards improving WVU’s woeful 4-8 campaign of a year ago. The redshirt senior is the Mountaineers most experienced signal-caller, having played in eight games-starting seven-in his first season in Morgantown.

The son of former WVU offensive line coach Rick Trickett completed 123-of-233 attempts for 1,605 yards and seven touchdowns. But, also threw seven interceptions. He missed the entire spring while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Senior Paul Millard, Fairmont State transfer Logan Moore and junior college transfer Skyler Howard were ranked behind Trickett on the team’s first depth chart following spring drills. Incoming freshman William Crest will get his chance to impress the coaches when he reports this summer.

“The only reason I release it (a depth chart) is bcause of the sports information director (Mike Montoro) twisted my arm and so that you guys (the media) would have something to write about this summer,” Holgorsen said.

* WVU opens the 2014 season against Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Tickets for that game are on sale through the Mountaineer Ticket Office for $130 (mezzanine level seats), $120 (lower level and end zone seats) and $80 for upper level seats.