Duke Among Rawlins' Top Schools

After several visits things are staring to shake out a little bit for Monessen athlete Chavas Rawlins. Eight schools have risen above the rest for Rawlins.

Monessen (Pa.) quarterback Chavas Rawlins was a little nervous prior to his Wednesday workout in front of the Pittsburgh coaches.

"I was a little nervous, that was the first time I had worked out in front of college coaches. quarterback coach (Brooks) Bollinger and offensive coordinator (Joe) Rudolph were here. They said they liked how I worked.They said I need to work on rolling to my left, but they liked the rest.

"I found my groove after a while. I just had to settle down. I like Pitt and I like the coaches, but Monessen is a bad place and Pitt is only 40 minutes from here. I think I need to get away from here and get away from a lot of the drama that is here."

Pittsburgh did offer class of 2014 linebacker Justice Rawlins, the younger brother of Chavas.

"They offered my brother. He was pretty excited. He missed last season and he just got cleared to come back now."

Justice Rawlins was a much talked about prospect as a freshmen, but he suffered a season ending ACL/MCL tear in his knee during a scrimmage. The injury ruined his sophomore season, but he will be back this season as a junior.

Rawlins recently finished up and east coast swing that took him to North Carolina, Duke and Virginia.

North Carolina: "UNC was awesome. The facilities are great. I liked all of the assistant coaches. I really liked Larry Fedora. They all seem like pretty trustworthy people. Coach (Blake) Anderson is impressive and I really what he has planned there. The campus at UNC is beautiful. it was a really great trip."

Duke: "I really liked the coaches at Duke. Coach (David) Cutcliffe is a good guy and kind of a legend. I like Coach (John) Latina a lot. The facilities aren't the best, but you can work with it. I liked the strength and conditioning coach. He really seems like he wants to help you. He wants to make you better. The school kind of had an old school feel to it."

Virginia: "Virginia was the best visit I have had so far. They have a great campus. Coach (Mike) London is a great guy and he is so energetic. That is very important to me and my brother. We want to play for an energetic coach. The campus was beautiful. I really liked everything about it. They beat Florida State and Miami two of the best programs in the ACC, so you can see they are putting it together and building a good program."

Rawlins told Scout.com he isn't ready to name a favorite, but there are eight schools he is focused on.

"It's been a good process. There are eight schools I'm kind of focused on right now West Virginia, Virginia, Purdue, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Duke. They have all offered, except Michigan and Tennessee."

Rawlins is best defined as a raw prospect at quarterback, but there is no denying that athletically he could do a number of different things if switched to another position.

"Tennessee and Michigan have talked about me playing wide receiver. I'm fine with it. if I pick a school and they want me to move I can deal with it, as long as I get a chance to compete. I like the ball in my hands. It's tough when you spend all that time having control of the ball, to switch over to defense, so I doubt I would pick a school that wants me to play defense."

West Virginia will have its chance to impress the Rawlins brothers this weekend.

"We are headed down to West Virginia this weekend to see their spring game. I'm excited to see what they have to offer."

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