WVU Football Recruiting
WVU QB Commit Has Eyes Set on Big 12 Title, National Title in Future
The years 1988, 1993, 2007. They all have something in common — West Virginia just falling short of a football national title.
The ending of those years are hard to stomach, but those teams helped elevate the program to a whole other level of national relevancy.
The 2018 season had promise for much of the season but we all know how it ended, not good.
It’s been 12 years since the Mountaineers made a serious push for a national championship and it’s been eight years since the teams last conference title. Needless to say, that drought is due to end and 2020 quarterback commit Garrett Greene has his sights set on exactly that.
“I think of how blessed I am to be able to call this place my home in three months,” Greene said. “I just felt at home when I got on campus. I think winning the Big 12 is the first goal for us and then bringing a national championship back to Morgantown,” he added.
Greene has that blue-collar workmanship mentality, which is a perfect fit for the culture and environment that he is about to step foot in here in a few months. Think of the heart, toughness, grit that Skyler Howard brought to the table and mesh that with the running ability of Pat White. Is he Pat White? No, but he has the opportunity to be the Mountaineers best dual threat quarterback since No. 5 lined up behind center.
But, I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about what everyone is underselling — his throwing ability and the zip that he has on the ball. The kid can really sling it and sling it deep. He throws a really pretty deep ball and with more coaching and development his game will only improve.
Not saying that Austin Kendall won’t have success during his tenure, but if you look at the best teams in the country, most of them are directed by a dual-threat quarterback. Jalen Hurts at Oklahoma, Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama, Justin Fields at Ohio State, you get the point. If West Virginia can have one of those “dudes” on their roster, who’s to say they can’t make a push for conference title run or even more?
One thing that ultimately determines a quarterbacks success is how he handles himself early in his career. How seriously does he take film study, practice reps, offseason workouts and overall buy-in to the program; none of which he will have much of an issue with. Greene has been recruited by Neal Brown and his staff for a couple of years now going back to Brown’s days at Troy. “I was actually going to play for Coach Brown at Troy, so when he offered me at WVU, it was a no brainer,” Greene said. “You can really tell he has a genuine love for his players and his staff.”
Loyalty means everything these days, especially in college football where it doesn’t tend to exist as much as it should. Greene essentially followed Coach Brown from Troy to West Virginia, which shows how much he trusts and believes in Brown to develop his game to the next level.
With Neal Brown still being in year one, it will still take a few years to get everything in place to make that run, but Greene loves how it’s all coming together. “I’m close with all the commits but I’m really close with Devell [Washington] and Reese [Smith]. This is a big class for Coach Brown because it’s his first recruiting class, and I think everyone in the class so far is ready to be a part of something special!”
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