Back in the spring, West Virginia offensive coordinator Jake Spavital visited a handful of 2018 quarterbacks. One of those signal callers was Jacksonville (FL) Providence star Carter Bradley. While an offer didn't come at the time, the Mountaineers came through with a scholarship earlier this week.
"Coach Spavital and I have been building a relationship since spring and he told me to call him because he had some great news," said the 6-foot-3, 194-pounder. "I was excited about this offer because it's a big one that I'm keeping in mind for sure."
Spavital has watched Bradley's film, seen him in person, and has now heard from several other trusted sources about his abilities. That includes Bradley's performance at the Elite 11 in Los Angeles, that earned him numerous accolades from scouts around the country. Spavital, though, consulted with Dana Holgorsen and the two felt comfortable with offering based off their own evaluations.
"They liked everything about me and my game," said Bradley. "But one thing that stood out was my maturity and knowledge for the game."
And the feeling goes both ways.
"I love the offense," said Bradley. "I think that it can be very explosive with the right quarterback."
Bradley already has plans to visit Florida, LSU, Georgia, and more in the coming weeks, most of those trips for camps in order to earn offers. As for West Virginia, that could be something that happens in July. "I would like to try to get up there, no doubt," he said.
Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Wisconsin, and more have offered, with those three schools considered his unofficial leaders prior to the West Virginia offer. Bradley holds a three-star rating from Scout Recruiting as the No. 59 quarterback in the country. He claims no timeline for a decision, only saying he will make a choice "when the time is right."