"It Took Me About Five Seconds"

When West Virginia native Chase Harler got an offer from WVU to play college basketball, he may have set a record for the speediest commitment ever.

"I grew up a huge West Virginia fan, and I always knew if I had the opportunity to commit that I wanted to go there," Harler told BlueGoldNews.com. "A couple of weeks ago, I was talking with my parents abut recruiting, and I told them that if West Virginia ever offered me that I would go there."

At that time, Harler didn't have an offer from the Mountaineers, but hints that a scholarship could be forthcoming were making themselves known. interest and contact from the WVU coaching staff increased, and when he attended their elite camp this past weekend, things all came together.

"Coach Huggins told me to stick around after camp, and he basically told me when you are ready to commit, he wanted to have me. He said he was all in with me. It took me about five seconds to tell him I was committing. That has been my goal, and the reason for all the practices and the workouts."

During previous discussions, Harler's parents told him to think about his plans and options, but as the camp neared, he saw the signs of the pending offer.

"I thought, 'Oh my gosh, it's really going to happen,'" the rising junior said. "I know it is a big decision, but this is where I have always wanted to go."

A shooter by reputation, Harler also takes pride in his playmaking abilities. He plays point for Wheeling Central while manning a shooting guard slot for his AAU team, giving him good exposure and experience in both backcourt roles.

"I don't want to be labelled as just a shooter," Harler said emphatically. "I view myself as a combo guard. I've had games where I've made five or six threes, but I really like setting my teammates up for shots and getting them the ball. I can put it on the floor and get to the rim, and I want to keep working on all parts of my game."

Harler's quick rise in the recruiting world was sparked by a sophomore season in which he average 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Maroon Knights, who won the Class A state championship last year.

"We graduated seven seniors, but we have some good guys to fit our roles. If we listen to our coaches we can win it again -- that's my goal," Harler said.

Harler is the first commitment in West Virginia's recruiting class of 2016.

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