Three-team race for Virgil

Most 2015 prospects are at least six months away from making a decision, yet for quarterbacks there is usually no such luxury. This is why signal callers, such as Chason Virgil, are evaluating their options these days and they are set to make their pledge before their senior season commences. The West Mesquite, Tex. QB visited Tempe earlier in the week and talked about his recruitment with ASU.

"I loved it out there," Virgil said who visited spring practice on Tuesday. "It was great. I was really impressed with how the players liked the coaches. Of course the coaches were demanding, but you could tell that they respect each other and have a good relationship. The thing that impressed me the most is how many coaches and players on the team are from Texas. Me and Coach Graham come from the same hometown. It makes you feel like you're home away from home.

"I was at practice and the fast pace definitely stuck out to me. The coaches were getting on the players but the players responded. The fast pace is what I'm used to in (high) school so that was good to see. The campus is of course beautiful and you don't have to go far to get to class, everything is very close. I want to major in engineering and I know they have a good school for that. I just liked everything about my visit."

During his time at Arizona State, Virgil was able to get a unique player perspective from both Sun Devil signal callers, Taylor Kelly and Mike Bercovici, as well as from former West Mesquite teammate and current ASU cornerback, William Earley.

"They all told me how good Coach Graham was and how he's getting the program in the right direction," Virgil described, "and all of them told me how they love it up there. They won a Pac-12 (South) championship and they know it's a great program."

In a previous interview, West Mesquite's Jeff Neill described the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Chason Virgil as an accurate arm quarterback with fleet feet, yet he didn't feel that his quarterback should not be confused as the stereotypical "dual-threat" quarterback.

"They list him as a dual-threat guy because his speed's pretty good. I'd say he's a pocket passer that can run," Neill said. "He's a legit 4.5. He's a pocket-passing kid. He's definitely a thrower. He's not just an option guy. That's really how I'd describe him. Chason's a kid that has good throwing motion, he has good, quick releases, and he throws a good ball," Neill said. "He moves well in the pocket. He's gotta fill out a little bit, but he's doing that right now in the weight room during offseason." National Recruiting Analyst, Greg Powers, added: "A solid and consistent performer at the position, who has earned starts in his first two years of varsity play," Powers said. "Will be one of the most experienced at the position by the time he hits the college scene. He throws a catchable and accurate ball, spinning it well consistently. Does not have that huge top end cannon arm, but is an all-around play maker. Once you sleep on him he will slash the defense for big gains and scores."

In only eight games as a junior, Virgil posted over 1,700 total yards of offense and 13 total touchdowns. Virgil said that his recruiting coach at ASU, offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, told him that he brings the precise skill set required to succeed in the Sun Devil offense.

"He said that I bring everything he wants in his quarterback," Virgil stated, "someone who can beat the defense with his arm, as well as with his legs, and someone who has the smarts to manage the offense.

"My strong points are being able to manage the game and read the defense. I need to be more aggressive running and even though I think I'm a good leader I can always be better." Virgil, who has more than ten offers, stated that he has narrowed down his list of favorites to three schools: ASU, Auburn and Clemson. He visited Clemson twice last year but has no plans for a return visit this year, and plans to visit Auburn on April 18th shortly before he begins his own spring practice.

"I want to go through my spring ball and make my decision at my spring game at the end of May," Virgil commented. "All the schools I'm looking at have the same systems, so I'm looking for a home away from home and somewhere I can get a good degree. I also want to go to a place where I can play early, or at least get a shot to do it."

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