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WVU Football: QB Chugunov verbally commits

MORGANTOWN — On the day when a sizeable portion of West Virginia’s 2014 recruiting class reported for duty, the Mountaineers apparently filled one of their needs for the 2015 class as well.

Chris Chugunov, a 6-foot-1, 188-pound quarterback from New Jersey, was offered a scholarship by WVU over the weekend and on Monday verbally committed to the Mountaineers. He’s rated a three-star prospect by Rivals as a pro-style quarterback.

“I’m pumped to be a Mountaineer and be part of the West Virginia program,’’ Chugunov told Monday. “Thank you to the West Virginia program for believing in me.”

While the Mountaineers apparently believe in Chugunov, not many other programs do, at least not yet. The senior-to-be at Montgomery High in Skillman, N.J., had just one other FBS scholarship offer, that from Western Michigan. He was mainly recruited by FCS schools.

When Chugunov arrives a year from now, he’ll likely join a pool of quarterbacks that includes junior college transfer Skyler Howard and this year’s quarterback recruit, Baltimore’s William Crest. Crest was one of a handful of the Mountaineers’ 2014 recruits who arrived on campus over the weekend and began working out.

In addition to Crest, others who are now enrolled include offensive linemen Amanii Brown, Yodny Cajuste and Walter Rauterkus, defensive end Jaleel Fields, cornerback Dravon Henry, defensive lineman Tyree Owens, wide receiver Lamar Parker and linebacker Xavier Preston.

Pitt transfer Cullen Christian is also enrolled and Gardner-Webb transfer Shaquille Riddick has been in town, but apparently has yet to enroll.

Along with the January enrollees, that leaves six newcomers who have yet to enroll and begin workouts — safety Daejuan Funderburk, receiver Jacob McCray, cornerback Jaylon Myers, offensive lineman Justin Scott, running back Donte Thomas-Williams and lineman Dontae Angus.

A handful of invited walk-ons is also enrolled and working out. They include wide receiver Chris Parry of Niles, Ohio; kicker-punter Billy Kinney and defensive lineman Jeff Headley, both of University High in Morgantown; junior college cornerback Khairi Sharif and Florida linebacker Hunter Brown.

One of West Virginia’s freshmen who was enrolled in January, however, has apparently left the team. He’s linebacker Davonte James of Ohio.

One of WVU’s five basketball newcomers is also enrolled, Jevon Carter. The others are expected later this month or in July.

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