Calzada tops WVU wish list at quarterback

By Keenan Cummings

The WVU football team is still searching for a quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class, but some options are starting to emerge to the top of the list.

The Mountaineers were able to land Tennessee signal caller Trey Lowe in the last cycle and he just wrapped up his first spring with the program after enrolling early in Morgantown.

Now the focus has shifted toward the next crop of quarterbacks and the coaches are casting a wide net to find one.

Sugar Hill (Ga.) Lanier quarterback Zach Calzada is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the nation at the position with close to 25 offers coming in from programs across the nation in the last two weeks.

The recent rush has been filled with power five level programs with N.C. State, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Iowa and several others joining the list.

Calzada was selected for the Elite 11 quarterback camp after a strong performance at the Nashville event and his profile has only continued to rise across the landscape of college football.

The Rivals.com three-star prospect is currently the only new scholarship offer at the quarterback position for the Mountaineers and there is some interest on his side, as well.

The goal for the Mountaineers is to secure a visit, which if it happens is expected to occur in June, and if they can, it would go a long way toward remaining in the race for Calzada.

A name that isn’t quite as new but holds an offer from WVU is Dayton (Oh.) Archbishop Alter quarterback Connor Bazelak, who also has seen his recruitment continue to grow during the spring evaluation period.

After holding a handful of scholarship offers, several others have come through in recent weeks such as Georgia, Iowa, Missouri and Vanderbilt to name a few.

Bazelak has shown interest in the WVU program in the past, but the Mountaineers are going to have to get him on campus as well for things to progress even further.

The list doesn’t stop there, as offensive coordinator Jake Spavital has been busy hitting the road and evaluating prospects at the position in hopes of addressing the hole in the class. The option is also on the table to look at transfers, either four-year or junior college, to fill the need as well.

There’s a long way to go but things are starting to take shape at the most important position on the field when it comes to the future.

Keenan Cummings is the Managing Editor for WVSports.com with the Rivals.com/Yahoo Network. For more information on West Virginia recruiting visit WVSports.com.

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