Chugunov "Excited" Over Commitment

Following his top performance at West Virginia's camp on Sunday, Skillman, New Jersey quarterback Chris Chugunov received the news he's been waiting for — an official offer from the Mountaineers.

Chris Chugunov was no stranger to the West Virginia coaching staff.

In fact, the Mountaineers displayed their interest in the talented signal-caller for well over a year. However, after his top performance at Sunday's WVY camp he received the news of his official offer.

"West Virginia was on the first schools to come by Montgomery High and I've been in touch with coach (Brian) Mitchell ever since," Chugunov said. "Coach (Shannon) Dawson came to see me during spring evaluation and said come up to West Virginia and throw in front of the head coach. So I went up there and they offered me."

After arriving at West Virginia's camp with a purpose and finally being the recipient of the news, it didn't take long for Chugunov to make his decision.

"It was a one day camp and I went there and did my thing," Chugunov said. "After the camp they offered me and I went home and talked about it with my family and friends. I decided to go ahead and pull the trigger."

"I talked with both Dawson and Dand Holgorsen today and they were excited,"he continued. "I know I'm excited and so is my family. It's a good feeling for sure."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Chugunov chose the Mountaineers over a variety of offers including William & Mary, New Hampshire and Western Michigan.

"My recruitment has been pretty crazy," he laughed. "I have been flying under the radar for a while. I have sixteen FCS offers, mainly in the Patriot league and Ivy league. West Virginia was the first to pull the trigger and I couldn't be happier."

In the end there was little doubt West Virginia was where he wanted to call home.

"Ever since I was a kid it's been a dream of mine to play at that level," Chugunov explained. "It doesn't get much better than the Big 12. As far as West Virginia goes Coach Holgorsen is an offensive mastermind and their offense fits my skill set. It just felt right."

Last season Chugunov threw for more than 1,900 yards and 12 touchdowns while rushing for three scores.


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