By Garrett Cullen, WV Metronews
MORGANTOWN — University senior quarterback Logan Holgorsen on Monday announced his verbal commitment to Bowling Green, joining the Falcons’ 2019 recruiting class after an on-campus visit this past weekend.
Holgorsen, in October 2017, announced an initial commitment to North Texas, but had a change of heart over the last couple of months.
“Obviously Bowling Green is a lot closer to home,” Holgorsen said. “That was a big part of my decision. Coach (Mike) Jinks and his staff are unbelievable. They are some of the coolest guys that I’ve ever met, and that was also huge in my decision. (The Mid-American Conference) has pretty good football, too.”
Holgorsen, the son of WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen, built a relationship with the coaching staff at Bowling Green early on in the recruiting process as the Falcons were the second school to offer him a scholarship.
There’s also another connection for Holgorsen on Bowling Green’s roster in quarterback Jarret Doege.
“He played at Cooper High School in Lubbock, Texas,” Holgorsen said. “That’s where I would have gone to high school if my dad would have been at Texas Tech any longer. So there are a bunch of ties.
“Bowling Green also runs almost the exact same offense that my dad runs at West Virginia. I’ve been around that offensive style almost my entire life.”
Jinks is also a former Texas Tech assistant coach from 2013-’15.
It’s been a whirlwind of a past year for Holgorsen, who enrolled at University back in January, after spending a brief period at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, and then finished his junior football season at Morgantown High.
But with a college decision settled upon, Holgorsen can focus on one final season at the high school level.
“It was one of the harder things that I’ve ever had to deal with,” Holgorsen said of the recruiting process. “I’m glad it’s finally over. It’s not fun. For anyone to tell you it’s fun, they’re lying. It’s really stressful. But I’m happy.”
It’s a Bowling Green program rebuilding after a two-win campaign in 2017. The Falcons, in 2015, though, won 10 games, including a 7-1 league mark.
“They like the fact that I’ve been around their offense my entire life,” said the 6-foot Holgorsen. “They like the way I extend plays and think that I could bring something to the table that they haven’t had there in a while. (Jinks) told me that size doesn’t matter to him, ‘if you can play, you can play.’ ”
But first things first — and that’s finishing out his high school career with University, a team that went 11-1 a season ago, but lost a large senior class.
“It’s been awesome (building a chemistry at University),” Holgorsen said. “We had a strong performance at the WVU 7-on-7 and competed. The guys went out and played as hard as they could. Coach (John) Kelley has done a great job of bringing everyone together as a team. They’re all ‘one’ and that’s huge for me, it’s all about the team.”
Holgorsen threw for over 1,300 yards with Morgantown as a sophomore in 2016.